Flamenco and Spanish dance in November

A performance of La Casa Alba, based on Federico García Lorca’s La Casa de Bernarda Alba, with choreography by Eduardo Veitía will take place during the Festival. Photo: Yander Zamora

Oct 24 – The first 12 days of November will see the arrival of the First International Spanish Dance and Flamenco Festival to Havana; organized by the Spanish Ballet of Cuba (BEC) in honor of its 30th anniversary.

Dedicated to Spanish flamenco dancers Antonio Gades and Cristina Hoyos, the Festival will be held in the capital’s Alicia Alonso Grand Theater and will feature performances of this genre of dance, as well as master classes and conferences.

Speaking during a press conference, lead dancer, choreographer and director of the BEC Eduardo Veitía, who is also presiding the event alongside its honorary president, Alicia Alonso, explained, “Our aim is to represent all manifestations of Spanish dance, from traditional and classical to the newest varieties.”

In addition to the host company, the festival program includes various Cuban groups, as well as guests from Mexico, Chile, and Spain.

As announced during the press conference, Cuban flamenco companies Ecos, Alma Flamenca, and Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba have all confirmed their participation; while soprano Bárbara Llanes, concert guitarist Luis Manuel Molina, and singer Lindiana Murphy will also be attending the event.

International groups and artists including La Academia, from Chile; playwright Francisco Ortuño; and dancer Ana Ruiz, both from Spain, are also set to attend the festival.

The seven galas taking place during this dance event will be held on November 2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11 and 12, at 8:30pm Tuesday-Saturday and 5pm on Sunday. The inaugural evening meanwhile, will see the BEC perform Aquel amor Brujo, with guest artist and lead dancer at Spain’s Ballet de Nacho Duato, Rafael Rivero from Cuba.

Subsequent events will be dedicated to Classic Spanish Dance; to Federico García Lorca; flamenco; guest companies; and Veitía’s 30-year career. The event will end with a performance of Carmen por dos, in honor of the National Lyric Theater’s 55th anniversary.

As well as performances, the festival will also feature conferences on the work of the BEC; the term flamencology; and recent premiere of ¡Oh Cuba! Federico García Lorca by three members of the BEC and 10 other dancers, in the gardens of Spain’s Generalife de Granada.

“The festival will be a great workshop of Spanish dance. It is a moment to enrich dance,” added culture critic and journalist Toni Piñera, one of the event organizers.
Following this first edition, the International Spanish Dance and Flamenco Festival will take place every two years.

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