BRUSELAS FLAMENCO FESTIVAL
02 MARCH ’17 — 04 MARCH
From 2 to 4 March, OPEN EARTH FOUNDATION and BOZAR will be taking on the colours of flamenco. This musical genre which first appeared on the scene in 18th century Andalusia, and features in UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, is today celebrated throughout the world. Brussels, where a large Spanish community has made its home since the 1960s, also has its own flamenco scene, with its dedicated venues, guitarists, dance academy and singers… so it’s only natural that BOZAR is devoting a festival to this rich and varied genre.
From saetas, which testify to the sacred dimension of flamenco, to the entrancing dances of the flamboyant Eva Yerbabuena. From Gerardo Nuñez, one of the greatest flamenco guitarists of our time, to Esteban Murillo, a young Belgo-Spanish singer who is paying homage to his cultural heritage. From the Seville School, that we are placing in the spotlight with the dancers Luisa Palicio and Milagros Ménjibar, to the documentarie devoted to Matilde Coral, the icon of flamenco. The BRUSELAS FLAMENCO FESTIVAL is the perfect way to experience the enchanting magic of flamenco, in pretty much all its forms !
Opening ceremony in Bozar, Brussels, 2 March 2017
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Luisa Palicio dance – Milagros Menjibar dance – Ana González voice – Sebastian Cruz voice – Miguel Pérez guitar – Alejandro Cruz piano
Flamenco is inherent in the body movements and graceful presence of flamenco dancer Luisa Palicio. She is not originally from Seville, but went there to train under Milagros Menjibar, one of the key figures of the Seville school, who will join her on stage for this exceptional evening’s entertainment. The Seville School is characterised by its elegance, which is particularly striking as it concentrates on the movements of the arms and upper body, rather than on the feet. Dressed in a bata de cola (dress with a long train) and a mantón (large silk shawl), also particular to this town on the Guadalquivir River, Luisa Palicio pays homage to the pearl of Andalusia which has welcomed her and filled her with its spirit. Simply called Sevilla, the show recreates this atmosphere with its rituals, its faith, its love of music, song and of course, dance. This promises to be a great moment of joy, in the company of two of the greatest flamenco dancers.