Federico García Lorca is embodied in the choreography of the Andalusian Flamenco Ballet on the boards of fog castle. Tomorrow, Saturday, the Festival hosts ‘El Maleficio de la Mariposa’, by the emblematic company of flamenco art, in a show with a magnificent repertoire that shows “several times at once”
La luna de Niebla and Federico García Lorca will be accomplices in ‘El Maleficio de la Mariposa’, the fourth show of the 37th Castillo de Niebla Festival, which is being staged tomorrow by the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía. The company, emblem of Andalusian culture and flamenco art, is a classic in the programming of the event, in which he has performed in ten previous editions. The last one, in 2019, with ‘Naturalmente Flamenco’.
With artistic direction and choreography by Úrsula López, ‘El Maleficio de la Mariposa’ “explores, fixates and gives splendor to the choreographies, dances and dances that Federico García Lorca worked on, saw or was able to see, tempt, peek at, verify throughout his life and in his death itself, ”indicates the company. There are, obviously, the dances in which he participated, with Antonia Mercé, La Argentina, or with Encarnación López, La Argentinita, “but also those dances that escaped him, the Carmen Amaya to which his friend Buñuel gave a role in the cinema or Martha Graham, hardly a shadow on his trip to New York and that, somehow, includes him in his Deep song (Cante jondo)”.
2020 marked the hundredth anniversary of the premiere of ‘El Maleficio de la Mariposa’, Federico García Lorca’s debut on stage and a scandal that was only saved by La Argentinita, the white butterfly, showing off her dance, the ephemeral death of the swan, an image that lost in the blink of a butterfly’s wings. “In many ways, that prodigious flutter of wings of the butterfly, emblem of the image that disappearing appears, as Georges Didi-Huberman has written, that which the moderns call performativity and that has always been dance and dance, that quality of the poet of making the verb of the noun. In short, walk, dance, live”.
For the Andalusian Flamenco Ballet, the show “is simple, and a challenge that is not usually faced. The sound, the scenery and the costumes are from the 21st century and, however, in the dances and dances that we show we have wanted to fix the movements, be rigorous and faithful to their times. There are no invented moves, no footwork at the wrong time, no improper arm movements. We are anachronistic, capable of showing several tenses at the same time, but never anachronistic”. The dance becomes an intangible asset, “something that is not only our heritage but should also be our marriage.” The recovery of the past is always, as Enrique Morente said, a walk backwards to gain momentum, a run to jump even further forward.
‘El Maleficio de la Mariposa’ has stage direction by Elena Córdoba and musical direction by Juan Jiménez and Alfredo Lagos. In the cast, as repeater, Alejandro Molinero, and the dancers, Andrea Antó, Diego Aguilar, Fuensanta Blanco, Jesús Hinojosa, Juan Tomás de la Molía, Manuel Jiménez, María F. Gómez, Miranda Alfonso and Natalia González. On cante, Juan de Mairena and Rafael del Calli, guitars by Javier Conde and Miguel Pérez, and percussion by Antonio Coronel.
About Andalusian Flamenco Ballet
The Andalusian Flamenco Ballet is the highest institutional representative of flamenco art, acting as an ambassador of flamenco since its creation in 1994, more than 25 years ago. In this time, the Ballet has become the best means to open new markets for flamenco, it has performed on stages around the world, it has been part of the cultural agendas of countries such as the United States, Argentina, Cuba, France, Italy , Hungary, Switzerland or Mexico and has been present at international events such as the Aichi Exhibition in Japan or at major festivals such as those in New York or London.
His productions have reached remote places, but they have also been present in the Andalusian cultural agenda. The company has starred in eight seasons of the Lorca and Granada cycle in the Generalife Gardens, with works based on the poet from Granada that have later toured the main national and international scenic spaces.
The history of the Ballet is marked by different recognitions, not only from the public and critics, but also from specialists in performing arts. In this way, she has received the National Choreography Award for El perro andaluz, directed by María Pagés, and several choreographies by Cristina Hoyos during her time as director have been nominated for the Max Theater Awards. These include Yerma, for which Hoyos received the Max for Best Female Dance Performer, or Gypsy Ballads, which became the most watched show in 2006. Images: 20 years of Andalusian Flamenco Ballet won the Giraldillo for Best Show at the XVIII Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla, and Tierra-Lorca, cancionero popular was awarded the Giraldillo at the XIX edition at the proposal of the jury to the dance corps of the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía.
The company has been an inexhaustible pool of talent from which current dance figures such as Israel Galván, Isabel Bayón, Rafael Campallo, Belén Maya, Fernando Romero, Mercedes Ruiz, María José Franco, Juan José Jaén ‘El Junco’, Patricia Guerrero and Rafaela Carrasco, among others.
All this has led it to become a reference company whose production has penetrated the national and international public, fostering a growing interest in flamenco throughout the world.