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Encuentro con el artista Miguel Poveda

El pasado jueves día 10 de Febrero, antes de su actuación en el  Sadler´s Wells, el cantaor Miguel  Poveda acudió al Instituto Cervantes de Londres. 

Fue un  encuentro con el artista en el que Miguel Poveda y el director de la  Bienal de Flamenco, Domingo González, compartieronn reflexiones, pensamientos, etc. sobre el flamenco. Un recorrido por la geografía flamenca, por lo popular, lo culto y por las distintas formas de interpretar un mismo cante.

Flamenco dance classes!

 Flamenco dance classes!

Otoño 2010

Curso de sevillanas  a cargo de Sandra Castell García dirigdo a todas aquellas personas interesadas tanto con como sin experiencia en el baile.

 

¿Cuándo puedo hacerlo y cuánto dura el curso?

Lunes de 18.30 a 20.30 hs. (15 de noviembre – 13 de diciembre). 5 semanas. 10 horas.

¿Cuánto cuesta?
£105

Lugar:

Instituto Cervantes
102 Eaton Square. London. SW1W 9AN.
Tel.: 020 7235 0353 – cenlon@cervantes.eswww.londres.cervantes.es

– Para apuntarte en el curso contacta con el Instituto Cervantes:

E-mail: cenlon@cervantes.es

 

 

A homage to Britain’s flamenco pioneers

Spanish Steps

PASSION and flamenco go together like pan con tomate, so it’s no surprise to hear producer-director Anna Holmes describe her film Spanish Steps: Flamenco in a Foreign Land as “a passion project”.

The making of this documentary has been a labour of love for the past 18 months or so after Anna was unable to secure funding from production companies. But thanks to a lifelong love of dance, plus the support of friends and family and her assistant producer Victor, Anna has succeeded in making her first film.

Her other reason for wanting to make this documentary was to capture a slice of social history before it’s too late – many of these flamenco pioneers are now in their 80s and sadly may not be with us for much longer.

London in the 1950s, what with post-war austerity and the notorious smog, must have been a pretty bleak place at times. But this was also an era of great social change, with many exciting, exotic new trends and tastes arriving from overseas.

Read more… LondonSpanish

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Fifties flamenco on film

FLAMENCO can be enjoyed in London most nights of the week, and is probably Spain’s most successful cultural export.

Its popularity was shown once again this week when the Instituto Cervantes London was inundated with requests for places at a special preview screening of the film Spanish Steps: Flamenco in a Foreign Land.

This documentary pays homage to the pioneer flamencos who staged shows in London’s bars and restaurants from the 1950s onwards, paving the way for artists and aficionados alike to enjoy the thriving flamenco scene that is now so firmly established here.

These pioneers included both British amateurs and Spanish migrants escaping life under Franco, and many of the events were informal affairs, often in the basements of unglamorous Soho bars.

Nowadays flamenco is taken more seriously by London’s cultural establishment, with the annual festival at Sadler’s Wells and frequent events at other leading venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, as well as more informal concerts such as the monthly España on Fire at Ronnie’s Bar, upstairs at the famous Ronnie Scott’s. Then there’s restaurants including the well-known Costa Dorada in Hanway Street, the London Peña Flamenca . . .

Read more… LondonSpanish

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Flamenco Festival in London 2010. Reviews

The Festival ended last weekend.

Here you are 4 interesting reviews:

Step-by-step guide to dance: Eva Yerbabuena
By injecting traditional moves with bold theatrical flair, this Spanish dancer and choreographer brings flamenco thrillingly up to date.
Sanjoy Roy 

guardian.co.uk

Flamenco’s humane roots
Forget the Hollywood image – flamenco has deep-rooted social and political resonances that cross culture and genre
Mike Marqusee 

guardian.co.uk

 

Sadler’s Wells seventh annual Flamenco Festival
David Dougill

timesonline.co.uk

 

¡Viva la evolución!
The show begins with a haunting, wailing song that could easily be mistaken for the muezzin’s call to prayer as the Nuevo Ballet Español pays homage to the mysterious origins of flamenco in Moorish… Spain.

LondonSpanish.wordpress.com

 

Very interesting blog about flamenco:
http://fromthesolesofthefeet.wordpress.com/

 

 

More about flamenco

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Flamenco Festival London 2010

13 Feb 2010 – 27 Feb 2010Sadler's Wells Theatre

The crème de la crème of Spain’s flamenco talent are performing during Sadler’s Wells’ very special two week Flamenco Festival.

From Rafaela Carrasco’s bold, contemporary flamenco style to Maria Pagés’ emotional rollercoaster of a show and the maestros of flamenco, Rojas and Rodriguez, with their sublime company Nuevo Ballet Español , famed for their heart-racing sequences, this is a unique chance to sample some authentic Spanish flamenco in London.

Read more and book tickets

 

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