After a dazzling start at the beginning of this year, with an online program from Madrid and Seville, the musicians, the makers and the public will be brought together live in November. The Flamenco Biennale also visits Belgium with some programmes.
This year you can enjoy big names such as Israel Galván, Rocío Molina and a new generation of female dance makers such as Ana Morales, Vanesa Aibar, Sara Cano and María Moreno. An international cast of musicians and dancers from Spain, Morocco, Cuba and the United States make their appearance in the world premiere of Flamenco Criollo , the biennale's own creation about the global melting pot of flamenco.
Dancer and choreographer Israel Galván, together with the Dutch pianists Daria van den Bercken and Gerard Bouwhuis, takes a chance on Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps .
The last weekend is all about sparkling jazz with a touch of flamenco and Latin. Top international musicians such as Pablo Martín Caminero and Daniel García Diego connect the different worlds like no other.
The biennale proudly presents its own creation Flamenco Criollo , a quest for the roots of flamenco. Led by the Cuban and New York-based pianist Aruán Ortíz, a multicolored ensemble, with musicians from Morocco, Palestine, Cuba, Spain and the United States, brings melancholic sounds from Al-Andaluz and energetic rhythms from Africa, translated into contemporary compositions. Hear how original Moorish melodies traveled via Spain to colonial Cuba in the 17th and 18th centuries and returned full of rhythm. With rising stars María Morena (dance) and Ismael de la Rosa (vocals). Flamenco Criollo 's seven-day tour, through the Netherlands and Belgium, forms the heart of the biennale. The creation was made in collaboration with November Music.
The Muziekgebouw and the Bimhuis in Amsterdam are the home base of the festival. There are also performances in Rotterdam, Utrecht, Eindhoven, Den Bosch, Arnhem, Middelburg, Antwerp, Brussels and Ghent.
If you want to know more, go to the site for information and maps.