New York City Center presents Flamenco Festival 20/20—celebrating the 20th season of this citywide event—from March 27 through April 5. Showcasing the astonishing range of creativity in contemporary flamenco, the Festival pays tribute to the art form’s roots while revolutionizing it from concept to choreography. Flamenco Festival was founded in 2001 and presents the leading names in flamenco today, from world renowned artists and icons of traditional flamenco to the most innovative, emerging young stars. The largest celebration of flamenco in the US, the Festival features over 120 artists in 53 shows and is dedicated to the promotion of flamenco artists outside of Spain, presenting performances throughout the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
The festival’s theme this year is “Breaking walls, uniting worlds,” reflecting the need to dismantle the preconceptions surrounding flamenco. As part of the 20th season, Flamenco Festival is honored to present a program of more than 30 companies, featuring artists from different generations who use their freedom as an engine for creation.
In addition to the performances at City Center, this year’s New York City program includes events at 20 venues throughout the city – including The Town Hall, NYU Skirball, Baryshnikov Arts Center, 92Y Harkness Dance Center, Joe’s Pub, and pop-up events at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place (230 Vesey St) beginning on Thursday, March 12 at 7pm. For information on the complete New York City program, visit flamencofestival.org
To request press tickets to the performances at City Center, please RSVP to Emma Bird atCIntern@NYCityCenter.org. Due to limited ticket availability, critics on assignment will be given first priority.
Flamenco Festival 20/20
Mar 27 – 29, Apr 3 – 5
Fri at 8pm, Sat at 8pm, and Sun at 3pm
Tickets starts at $35
Caída del Cielo
Fri, Mar 27 at 8pm
Rocío Molina is known for a flamenco style that draws on its traditional essence but also embraces the avant-garde. Praised for her technical virtuosity and conceptual daring, The New York Times calls Molina “one of the greatest flamenco dancers.” In Caída del Cielo, Molina explores gender, sex, and flamenco itself in a powerful celebration of the female body. Adding a drum kit and electric guitar to the traditional guitar, cajón, and clapping hands, Caída del Cielo features original music by Eduardo Trassierra.
María Pagés Compañía
An Ode to Time
Sat, Mar 28 at 8pm and Sun, Mar 29 at 3pm
The New York Times calls María Pagés a “leading innovator of modern flamenco [who] lets her imagination soar.” Her swift and incisive choreography draws from a variety of flamenco styles, weaving the dance with a multitude of texts, images, and movements referencing Stravinsky, Picasso, Fosse, Borges, and Plato. Set to original music with vocals accompanying violin, cello, and Spanish guitar, An Ode to Time reflects on the relentless passing of time and its effects on the body, desire, art, and life.
Compañía Manuel Liñán
Fri, Apr 3 at 8pm
The Financial Times (UK) writes that Manuel Liñán “banishes the predictabilities of sitting in a theater watching carefully staged flamenco.” Set to celebratory music by Francisco Vinuesa, Victor Guadiana, and Kike Terrón,¡Viva! exemplifies Liñán’s showmanship as a choreographer and breaks the codified rules of flamenco dance—featuring a company of male dancers dressed in traditionally female costumes. Performed by Liñán and six other dancers, ¡Viva! challenges tradition with joy as it explores the fascinating universe of the feminine—as seen from the masculine.
Gala De Andalucía
Eduardo Guerrero, María Moreno, Mercedes Ruiz, María Terremoto, and Special Guest Artist La Chana
Sat, Apr 4 at 8pm & Sun, Apr 5 at 3pm
Gala Flamenca–this year titled “Gala de Andalucía” to pay special homage to the birthplace of flamenco and the 20th Anniversary of Flamenco Festival–is the highlight of the festival, bringing together exceptional dancers and singers in an evening that showcases the best that each performer has to offer. A special highlight in this year’s line-up is guest artist La Chana, who rose to international stardom in the 1960s and has rarely been seen in recent years. The 74-year-old dancer will make a long-awaited comeback as part of the City Center program.
Leadership Support for Dance at New York City Center is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Harkness Foundation for Dance.