(This story is sponsored by DanceHouse.)
Flamenco is known for its fiery passion, but Spain’s Rocío Molina takes the sensual dance form to a whole new, explosive and theatrical level.
The enfant terrible of flamenco, Molina infuses the style’s tradition with radical femininity, reinventing it with punk energy.
This spring, Vancouverites can see the living legend for themselves when DanceHouse presents Compañía Rocío Molina’s critically acclaimed Fallen from Heaven (Caída del Cielo) at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 West Hastings Street).
DanceHouse has just added an extra performance due to popular demand, the show running from April 1 to 5, 2020.
Here’s how the Guardian described it: “Flamenco has always proposed a fierce and proud femininity, but as embodied by Molina in Fallen from Heaven (Caída del Cielo), it becomes a feminist scream, an elemental cri de coeur…It stops you dead, as the best art should.”
Accompanied by four musicians, Molina embodies multiple incarnations in the stunning performance, from fetishistic matador to avenging angel. Fearless, ferocious, and radical, she redefines expectations of the ancient dance form and has ignited it with fresh fervour for new generations.
“This is the first time we’ve presented flamenco, and we couldn’t be more excited— there is so much buzz!” says DanceHouse artistic director Jim Smith.
“She takes this traditional dance form and gives it a contemporary feminist aesthetic“ says Dora Prieto, communications and development coordinator at DanceHouse. “Rocío Molina is one of the most boundary-pushing flamenco artists of our time.”
DanceHouse connects Vancouver audiences to the international world of contemporary dance. Now in its 12 season, DanceHouse is co-presenting Fallen from Heaven with SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs in partnership with Vancouver International Flamenco Festival—a festival currently on at various locations until September 29.
Tickets for evening performances and the added matinee are at dancehouse.ca/.
There, you can also find information about the rest of DanceHouse’s exciting 2019-20 season. Ground-breaking upcoming performances include those by Australia’s Bangarra Dance Theatre, Unikkaaqtuat (a collaboration from Igloolik’s Artcirq, Montreal’s the 7 Fingers, and Iqaluit’s Taqqut Productions), Brazil’s Grupo Corpo, Montreal’s RUBBERBANDance Group, and Dorrance Dance (US).
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