Questions of Practice: Flamenco Master Israel Galván on Reinvigorating Tradition

Israel Galván, master flamenco artist. Filmed at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage on March 12, 2014.

Flamenco purists may consider Israel Galván a rebel, though he doesn’t see it that way. The maverick choreographer and dancer, who grew up in a prominent flamenco family in Seville, has incorporated an eclectic blend of influences into his performances, blurring the lines of innovation and tradition.

We caught up with Galván in March, during the week of his Center-funded performances at Pasión y Arte’s Philadelphia Flamenco Festival. As he says in the following interview, “One has to be pure with yourself and impure with the history that already exists.”

Grants & Grantees

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The company is dedicated to making critically important performance opportunities available to the current generation of opera and theatrical performers, designers, and directors.

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Kim Whitener is the Producing Director at HERE in New York, where she works in partnership with Artistic Director Kristin Marting to curate and produce HERE’s performance programs and activities. She also served as the Center’s panel chair in theater in 2013 and as a Performance LOI panelist in 2014 and 2015.

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Richard Schechner is a legendary downtown theater artist, currently on faculty at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he was one of the founders of the Performance Studies department.