Everything you need to know about the Flamenco Biennial

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The Bienal de Flamenco is celebrated in Seville by lighting up its streets with this art and passion. For almost 40 years now, in September of even-numbered years, Seville has been immersed in flamenco. From 6 to 30 September there is a programme where the most renowned artists who come to delight in their art sing, dance and play. A city that is fully devoted to a deep-rooted feeling. Singers, dancers and guitarists take to the stage for Sevillians, fans and purists of this art. Seville is flooded with complaints and the strumming sound of the Spanish guitar. From the clapping of hands and heels to the tapping of feet. From the Lope de Vega Theatre to the Real Maestranza bullring, it is placed under the feet of these artists.

Why flamenco is important in Spanish culture

Flamenco, although it originated in the south of Andalusia, has been adopted as a heritage associated with the culture of Spain. It is a musical genre with a great aesthetic content that imbues it with a great personality that differentiates it from the rest of the music that populates the musical world. It is the result of the fusion between the singing voice, the dance and the musical accompaniment with guitar, tapping and clapping. It is called cante, baile and toque. Its clothing is a very characteristic element such as the flamenco dress for women or the flamenco dress for men. The heels as an artistic expression. As part of the music making a whole.

The best flamenco music

 The best flamenco music is represented in the biennial, the best cantaores and cantaoras accompanied by their shows, some of which are more groundbreaking and others more conservative, preserving the cante jondo (lit. deep singing). During more than twenty days you will be able to enjoy this art that will flood the city in more than twelve points. Flamenco is an art that can be learned. It is passed on from generation to generation. That the gypsies teach their children in the flamenco festivals, in every family reunion. Because it speaks of feelings.

The best flamenco

 The best flamenco comes from the hand of Salvador Távora, founder of La Cuadra de Sevilla, who lands with his show "Quejío", a cry about social injustice. Távora is very likely to show a groundbreaking proposal in his shows. This time for his aesthetic conception, his political and social commitment. The 84-year-old playwright from Seville reflects the oppression of the Andalusian proletariat through a staging based on song and visual power, with an absence of dramatic text.

Tía Juana la del Pipa, Remedios Amaya and Juana Amaya will be highlighting the contribution of Romani women to flamenco singing. The Poligono Sur will be brought to the biennial by the Factoría Cultural. Antonio Amaya by the dancer Farruquito.

If you want to enjoy from the inside and learn or improve your dancing or guitar playing Taller Flamenco offers workshops. Coming soon

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Felipe Mato

This complete dancer from Seville has an intense academic training in Spanish Dance and Classical Ballet, having studied, among other academies, at the Dance Conservatory of Seville and at Matilde Coral's school.

Dedicated to professional dance since the age of 14, he has performed his art in places as diverse as Mallorca, Lanzarote, Barcelona and Naples (Italy), even participating as a dancer in the X Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla, in the Company of Mario Maya. He has been Finalist in the National Contest of Flamenco Art of Cordoba 2001 and Semi-Finalist in the Contest of Young Talents of the Biennial of Flamenco Art of Seville 2002. She also played an important role in the show "Inmigración" by Ángeles Gabaldón.

Together with artists such as the guitarist Daniel Méndez, the Moroccan musician Jallal Chekkara, the percussionist Antonio Montiel and the dancer Nicolia Morris, he formed the flamenco mestizo group Harmattan in 2004. In 2005 he opened his own company in Germany with "Flamenco: made in Spain".

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