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Israel Galván La Consagración de la Primavera (Rite of Spring)

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In golden light, a man with short dark hair, wearing a long black shirt over a full black skirt, looks upwards, his arms forming a sinuous s-shape: the right arm is twisted elbow up, hand pointing downwards, the left arm is lifted in a curve, the hand pointing upwards.

Flamenco innovator Israel Galván returns with a new show weaving Flamenco with Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite Of Spring.

Following in the footsteps of the first choreographer/dancer of the Sacre, Vaslav Nijinski who caused a scandal when the piece premiered in 1913 – this work promises to be one to watch!

‘This is my contribution to Stravinsky: I use my body as the percussive instrument of his work,’ says Galván. Using his body as a sound box, he becomes consumed by the Sacre’s piano score, where rhythm is the driving force. Accompanied by two pianists who play live on stage to expose the mechanics behind the music of this imposing score.

[Image description] In golden light, a man with short dark hair, wearing a long black shirt over a full black skirt, looks upwards, his arms forming a sinuous s-shape: the right arm is twisted elbow up, hand pointing downwards, the left arm is lifted in a curve, the hand pointing upwards.

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Le Sacre du Printemps constitutes a meeting with a work that everyone knows. Dancing the Sacre means having to relate to a place where there is no freedom, as everyone knows it and has danced it. It is a huge challenge to follow the score as faithfully as possible and feeling that within this strictness you have something new to tell.ISRAEL GALVÁN

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