Running from 8 – 12 August 2017 at Sadler’s Wells, Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company’s Flamencura works to reconnect with flamenco’s roots, stripping away theatricality and narrative, and providing a platform for the company to present and express their deepest emotions. The company is led by acclaimed flamenco guitarist, composer, dramatist and producer Paco Peña.
Flamencura received its UK premiere at Sadler’s Wells in June 2015, featuring choreography by the award-winning Fernando Romero. The work presents ten dance pieces, a combination of solos, duets, ensembles and musical numbers, ranging from choreographies inspired by the Spanish folk traditions that provide origin for the art of flamenco, to cutting-edge contemporary takes on flamenco.
The show features acclaimed dancer Ángel Múñoz, whose work From White to Black was shown at the London Flamenco Festival in 2014. Completing the trio of dancers are Charo Espino and Yolanda Osuna. A musical ensemble will also join the dancers on stage, including guitarists Rafael Montilla and Paco Arriaga, and vocalists José Ángel Carmona and Inmaculada Rivero.
Flamenco has undergone much development, from a folk-based form of singing, dancing and guitar playing, into a complex, sophisticated art form which is well-established and is regularly performed in theatres all over the world. Flamenco is no longer just a way for Andalusian people to express their history, feelings and emotions, but now also a demonstration of the development of this form of music and dance.
Over a career spanning more than four decades, Paco Peña has expanded the possibilities of flamenco and changed perceptions of the art form, bringing originality and energy to flamenco performance by combining the richness of its traditions while being inspired by contemporary culture. Since 1970 the Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company has performed at international venues including the Royal Albert Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House.