Israel Galván, the Ferran Adrià of flamenco, presents his show "La Curva" with Sylvie Courvoisier, at the piano, the sing of Inés Bacán and 'Bobote'.
Israel Galvan (Seville 1973) is now the most surprising renovator of the contemporary flamenco dance. He is like the Ferran Adrià of flamenco dance because he has been able to discover a grammar based on the experimentation of the surprise, and an incredible fragility that hides a real dance study: “I am looking for mi own liberty, I take on the risk; I know it, but I feel excited to walk close to the precipice.”
- What does La Curva means?
- It means to pay tribute to a great creator for a lot of people, unknown. The dancer from Valladolid, Vicente Escudero, lived in Paris in the Cubism time, with all the famous painters and strange people of the 20’s. Vicente Escudero had an exceptional personality. In a mythic theatre called “La Courbe” he realized several dance shows, “zapateados”, chairs pyramids and even a kind of jazz show in which Josephine Baker would have succeed.
- Do you feel close to Vicente Escudero legacy?
- I feel close to his search as artist. For a lot of people he is a stranger but he is one of the creators of flamenco. It had to be a very exceptional person, with a big creativity. He was the first one who dares to dance siguiriya.
- You are taking a very similar way… How did you manage to create a style so clear and different as dancer?
- It is a very long process. I don’t think there is an inflection point. I realized that my body was talking to me and let me know that dancing was the best expression of myself. I don’t express myself talking, but with my body.