February, 8 p.m.
- Duration: 85 min
- Hall: Main Auditorium
That flamenco cliché called Spain
Considered one of the bases of flamenco, the fandango is more than a type of music or dance. The power of its name also projects an an imaginary picture which has to do with the stereotypes through which Spain and all things Spanish are seen from foreign eyes. Asking themselves how we are observed outside of the country, the cantaor David Lagos and dancer David Coria come together in a powerful show which looks at life, the fiesta, food, death...
A mixture of origins and vanguard, and evolving from the recording Hodierno by David Lagos whom David Coria wanted to work with for some time, ¡Fandango! looks at the clichés that envelop all things Spanish -siesta, bullfights, and fiesta- which well travelled Spanish artists come up against abroad.
The result is a dual show just as the expression fandango implies: at once it can evoke an absurd sarao or a serious folkloric piece. With 5 eclectic dancers, David Coria taps on the influence of both Antonio Gades and Pina Bausch, along with four musicians including percussion, electronics and sax, all led by the singer from Jerez who has sung in euskera (Basque) amongst the sculptures of Richard Serra at the Guggenheim in Bilbao. Awarded the Critic’s prize at the Festival de Jerez, ¡Fandango! premiered at the Bienal de Sevilla in 2020, in the midst of the pandemic and small scale audiences. In these circumstances, this work, which won the Giraldillo for Best Show, did not receive the prominence and repercussion it should have. Now, the Teatro de la Maestranza makes amends.
- Artistic direction and script: David Coria, David Lagos
- Stage director and choreographer: David Coria
- Lighting: Gloria Montesinos (AAI)
- Costume design: Belén de la Quintana, David Coria
- Choreographic collaboration: Eduardo Martínez, Paula Comitre, Florencia Oz, Rafa Ramírez
- Dance: David Coria, Flor Oz, Paula Comitre, Marta Gálvez, Rafael Ramírez
- Repeater: Paula Comitre
- Musical direction and concept: Hodierno
Coproduction, Théâtre National de la danse Chaillot (París), Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla, AAIC Junta de Andalucía, Daniela Lazary (Arte y Movimiento Producciones SL)
- Hodierno: David Lagos (cante), Daniel Muñoz “Artomático” (percusión, electrónica, creación sonora), Juan M. Jiménez (saxo tenor y soprano), Alfredo Lagos (guitarra)
About David Coria
Born in Sevilla and studied at the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza de Sevilla. Has collaborated with numerous Spanish dance companies: Compañía Andaluza de Danza, Ballet Nacional de España, Cía. Rubén Olmo, Rocío Molina or Rafaela Carrasco, among others. Presently he directs his own ensemble and has four choreographies to his name: Espiral, El encuentro, Anónimo and ¡Fandango!
About David Lagos
Awarded the Giraldillo prize for Mejor Acompañamiento Cante (Best Accompanist to Flamenco song) in 2020. Born in Jerez de la Frontera, his texts, arrangements and song compositions appeal to a variety of artists. Recordings with numerous creators like El Cigala and a participant in shows by Pilar Távora, Pastora Galván or Mercedes Ruiz, among others.
The press says
David al cuadrado y el puro fandango que es la vida
...casi una hora y media muy bien estructurada, tanto en argumento como en disposición plástica...