“FLAMENCO IS A VIVID, RELEVANT THEATRICAL FORCE”
—The Guardian (UK)
Flamenco Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season showcases the astonishing range of creativity in contemporary flamenco. Four distinct programs feature leading-edge artists of the genre: Rocío Molina (Mar 27), María Pagés Compañía (Mar 28 & 29), and Compañía Manuel Liñán (Apr 3), as well as Gala de Andalucía (Apr 4 & 5), which presents the incredible Eduardo Guerrero, María Moreno, Mercedes Ruiz, and María Terremoto with special guest La Chana. Each program pays tribute to flamenco’s roots while revolutionizing the form on every level—from concept to choreography—in a dazzling testament to the depth of this art form that has brought audiences flocking to the festival for 20 years.
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CAÍDA DEL CIELO
“ONE OF THE GREATEST FLAMENCO DANCERS I HAVE EVER SEEN”
—The New York Times
Triumphant, reckless, and lyrical, Caída del Cielo (Fallen from Heaven) is a celebration of the female body. Known for her technical virtuosity and conceptual daring, Rocío Molina is a formal visionary who reinvents classic aesthetics to prove flamenco is more alive than ever.
MARÍA PAGÉS COMPAÑÍA
AN ODE TO TIME
MAR 28 & 29
SAT 8PM, SUN 3PM
“THE LEADING INNOVATOR OF MODERN FLAMENCO LETS HER IMAGINATION SOAR”
—The New York Times
Working with her longtime collaborator El Arbi El Harti, Pagés’s swift and incisive choreography draws from a variety of flamenco styles, weaving her artform with a multitude of texts, images, and movement languages referencing Stravinsky, Picasso, Fosse, Borges, and Plato. An Ode to Time is set to original music—with vocals accompanying violin, cello, and Spanish guitar—and exposes organic truths about flamenco.
COMPAÑÍA MANUEL LIÑÁN
“THIS IS THE KIND OF FLAMENCO EVERYONE SHOULD SEE”
—The Arts Desk (UK)
A generous and seductive performer of dizzying power, Manuel Liñán has long been praised for the showmanship and sincerity with which he breaks the rules of flamenco. ¡VIVA! features male dancers clad in traditionally female costumes, exposing the many identity expressions alive within every human body.
GALA DE ANDALUCÍA
EDUARDO GUERRERO, MARÍA MORENO, MERCEDES RUIZ, MARÍA TERREMOTO, AND SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST LA CHANA
APR 4 & 5
SAT 8PM, SUN 3PM
“A FISTFUL OF SPAIN’S GREATEST DANCERS COLLUDING IN A FOOT-STOMPING, SHAWL-SWIRLING, CASTANET-CLICKING PARTY”
—The Stage (UK)
Gala Flamenca–this year titled Gala de Andalucía to pay special homage to the birthplace of flamenco–has long been the centerpiece of Flamenco Festival, bringing together exceptional dancers and singers in an evening that demonstrates the range and vibrancy of flamenco. In honor of Flamenco Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season, this year’s very special Gala presentation features Eduardo Guerrero, known for his “marvelously eccentric solos” (The New York Times); María Moreno whose astonishing dance pays tribute to the traditional style of Cádiz; Mercedes Ruiz, lauded for her “commanding truth and virtuosity” (Financial Times); and rising singer María Terremoto, the youngest artist ever to receive the Giraldillo Award for New Artist at the Seville Flamenco Biennial. These remarkable dancers are joined on stage by a cadre of musicians and a special guest artist, La Chana. A living legend in the flamenco world, La Chana rose to international stardom in the 1960s-80s, captivating audiences with her profound charisma, innovative style, and breathtaking use of rhythm.Hailed by The New York Times as a “flamenco luminary whose whole body seems to convulse with passion,” 74-year-old La Chana is invincible–and now makes her long-awaited comeback to City Center.
Nederlands Dans Theater
Mar 4 – 7, 2020
The trailblazing, international company presents a trio of thrilling and idiosyncratic premieres.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Apr 15 – 18, 2020
Dance Theatre of Harlem continues their 50th Anniversary celebration, by pushing the boundaries of classical ballet through an eclectic repertoire.
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