This year’s festival presents one weekend show and six one-off shows all of which demonstrate the many contrasting influences that have maintained flamenco’s position in world art, from its traditional gypsy roots to the contemporary interpretations of its younger initiates.
The remarkable Granada-born dancer and choreographer Eva Yerbabuena opens the festival on Saturday 24 February with her company of dancers and singers in the soulful El Huso de la Memoria. The show, directed by Eva Yerbabuena, is presented as a collection of memories and demonstrates Eva’s pure and timeless flamenco style.
On Monday 26 February flamenco’s star vocalist Estrella Morente performs Mujeres, a compelling, one-off performance of flamenco and popular Spanish songs which pays tribute to great historic cantaoras in the Andalusian tradition. Most recently Morente was the singing voice of Penelope Cruz in Pedro Almodovar’s film Volver.
Some of the finest artists from Malaga come together in Málaga en Flamenco on Tuesday 27 February which features music by composers Ramón Montoya and Isaac Albéniz. This celebration of flamenco also includes singer Rocio Bazan, the popular group Panda de Verdiales and the youthful exuberance of dancer Rocio Molina.
Isabel Bayón Compañia Flamenca and guest artist Miguel Poveda perform La puerta abierta on Wednesday 28 February – an intimate show of dance, guitar, percussion, clapping and cante. Bayón is an exponent of pure flamenco and her elegant style is perfectly complemented by Poveda’s emotive voice.
On Thursday 1 March one of flamenco’s greatest guitar players Gerardo Nuñez performs with flamenco legend, the fiery gypsy Carmen Cortés in Andando el Tiempo. The Gerardo Nuñez Quintet is known for its jazz-inspired flamenco playing.
Carmen Cortés performs again on Friday 2 March with her company of six dancers Compañia Carmen Cortés, in Women of Lorca. This theatrical show is inspired by the heroines created by the great Andalusian writer Federico Garcia Lorca and provides the perfect basis to demonstrate a range of flamenco styles, from the dramatic buleria dance to the lightness of the solea dance.
The festival culminates in the Gala Flamenca on Saturday 3 March; a showcase of current directions in flamenco which features the dazzling spectrum of this timeless art form in a colourful, extravagant show.
“Aficionados will need no further goading for this event; newcomers will be gripped by the passion and the wild moments” Financial Times