10-13 May - 20:00 h (Local Time)
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Choreography: La Fiesta (German premiere)
Concept and choreography: Israel Galván
with:  Israel Galván, Eloísa Cantón, Emilio Caracafé, El Junco, Ramón Martínez, El Niño de Elche, Minako Seki, Alia Sellami und Uchi

Performances on 10, 11, 12 and 13 May 2017 at 20:00h in the KraftWerk
Introduction with Bernd Kauffmann and Jürgen Wilcke on 10 May 2017 at 19:15h in the KraftWerk

Coproducers: Movimentos Festwochen der Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Festspielhaus St. Pölten inkl. Artist Residency, Théâtre de la Ville/La Villette Paris, Festival d’Avignon, Théâtre de Nîmes – scène conventionnée pour la danse contemporaine, Sadler’s Wells, London, MA scène nationale – Pays de Montbéliard, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre de l’Archipel – scène nationale de Perpignan, L'Onde – Théâtre et Centre d'art de Vélizy-Villacoublay, Teatro Central, Sevilla.

Supported by: Agencia Andaluza de Instituciones Culturales – Consejería de Cultura – Junta de Andalucía, INAEM – Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte – España.

Thanks to: Festival GREC, Barcelona, Festival Temporada Alta de Girona, Aichi Prefectural Art


Israel Galván de los Reyes was born in Seville in 1973. He underwent classical flamenco training but developed a contemporary approach after joining the Compañía Andaluza de Danza in 1994. He has since become known as a revolutionary of flamenco. Galván has presented his choreographies and performances around the world, garnering numerous awards, including the New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award in 2012. He is Associate Artist at the Théâtre de la Ville de Paris and the Mercat de les Flors de Barcelona.

Considered by some an enfant terrible and by others an icon of the avant-garde, Israel Galván has deconstructed the traditional forms of flamenco to add individual elements and assemble them anew. What remains are the precisely measured rhythm and the exact, percussive footwork of flamenco. Galván replaces the soft, gliding gestures of the traditionally sinuous body language of flamenco with cool, angular dramatics, while also teasingly subverting the machismo of the dance.

La Fiesta describes the hour after the actual flamenco performance, when the bailaoras and bailaores improvise with their musicians in something akin to a jam session. Israel Galván brings the electric atmosphere of these sessions to the stage in his new production. Flamenco is not just a form of artistic expression, but a way of life. Together with flamenco dancer and choreographer Patricia Caballero, Galván develops a combination of dance, song, music and farce in which nine protagonists come together for the energy-packed fiesta.

The choreography La Fiesta is created by Israel Galván as an international coproduction with partners including Movimentos together with dancer and choreographer Patricia Caballero.