September 2000. Seville
years ago, she started her own dance company, with an extensive tour of the show,
"Eva" from which the public and the critics agree. Eva is original,
credible and solid. For many, Eva is the best representative of flamenco dance
is "5 Women 5"?
a flamenco show with a theme that takes a sentimental and emotional journey through
the personality of a woman who confronts her own self. With love, ambition, madness
there an autobiographical reference or inspiration from another author?
No, it's based on concrete experience, they are feelings that are present the
day to day, it´s not based on any specific woman. There are many women who
are simply homemakers, which is already a lot, and they confront this everyday.
we speak of four feelings and the fifth would be me.
loneliness stand out a lot?
I think that it's one of the best friends we have. It's difficult to confront
it but we have to do it from the moment we are in our mother's womb, it's like
an innate state of human existence.
do you work to create the choreography and the music?
music is very important, Paco Jarana hasn't had it easy. They are five very different
feelings. The same goes for the lighting engineer Germinal Ruiz, who had to help
create the climate for each moment. We depended on the stage designer Hansel Cereza,
and Javier Latorre who choreographed "Madness."
There are people who never come on stage that are very important for the show...
wardrobe, stage design.
do you hope for when you see a flamenco show?
have always said that whatever you do, one has to do what they feel in the moment.
I am flamenca and whatever I do, I can't forget who I am.
you think of the public when you choreograph?
mía, if I had to do a piece that everyone liked I would go crazy. I think
its important to feel the necessity to do it, if you believe in it, this is the
best way that the people can see you enjoying yourself and feel what it is you
are feeling. Getting an easy applause is simple, if this is what you want. You
can be a sensationalist and provide moments for applause, but the goal is something
idea came from Lola Maistegui, it's something that we talked about a long time
ago. This initial idea has changed a lot over the past 5 years.
is the daily life preparing for a show?
work 10 or 12 hours in the studio, and in the spare time you have for sleep you
still think about the show - eating, talking, you go sharing your concerns with
the stage director, with the musicians, with the lighting designer- each day you
have a very special collaboration with Conchi García, she is a light soprano.
In this case her voice hit me as a way to draw on other types of feelings.
are a dancer who is very dependent on the rhythms but also the melodies.
music has to make me feel, but the singing is the most important in flamenco,
it's the mother of that which is flamenco, a voice is so much. It's like the umbilical
also lucky to have one of the best guitarists for dance on my side, not only because
he´s my partner. Paco has worked with Farruco, Mario Maya, Matilde Coral,
Güito, and he lives for his work. Plus, there is the advantage that he knows
me better than anyone. It's never an easy role.
group that accompanies you sounds very solid and secure.
is a lot of work behind it, there is a big contrast between the singing of Arcangel,
Enrique Soto, and Segundo Falcón. Not only are they good musicians and
good people, it's also the ambiance when we work as a team. Some of them have
been working with me for many years.
are your plans for the coming months?
going to be a tour in Italy with the previous show, "Eva" and in respect
to this, we hope that it works out at least as good as the last time.
there space for improvisation in works created for the theatre?
all in the singing, although you have your structure and dance is at a level today
that you can't just say, "play and sing what I'm going to dance." Also
it's the environment, how the environment has changed, and the work being done
in theatres. The things are being done in another way, but I don't like to loose
this feeling of, "sing and play and see what happens," especially in
the things that I do alone because with a group of nine people it's impossible.
are moments in your life when you start to miss people that you love very much,
and this makes you think and feel in a different way.
four feelings have been interpreted in very a different way than if a man was
to dance them?
truth is that I don't know how to answer. It depends on your lifestyle, on how
this man is. The differences are there since a person is born, and more so in
flamenco. Flamenco for me has always been a little sexist.
me, Flamenco doesn't need a point of view. When you are dancing there is already
an interpretation. You don't dance just to dance, at least me, for me this doesn't
exist. From the moment you are in the dressing room, you are already thinking
about things. I don't dance to dance. Naturally you can't dance the same at eleven
as you do at thirty like I am now. I couldn't understand at eleven what it was
like to be a mother, to have a child. I couldn't miss things then that I do now.
They are many things, good and for bad, its all there.
has your life changed now that you have formed your own dance company?
you have an enormous responsibility, now you're not alone, there is a body of
dancers that you have to look after. There are chirographies. I have to transmit
to these people how I am, it's not easy. Little by little you have to get to know
the people, share your points of view, let them know what you like, what you don't,
what is flamenco for you, and apart from that the responsibility. I've had the
luck of having a manager that I work very well with, he respects and knows where
we want to be and where we don't, he also doesn't have it easy because there is
think that flamenco is still sexist.
when they ask you why women aren't present in flamenco- I know why...women have
always been present, but you know that before, the simple fact of wanting to sing
or dance or be an artist was looked down upon. It was almost impossible. Now your
father will support you in it.
There are many husbands that have taken their women off the stage.
Well! Of course you see this woman singing and dancing and get bothered, so...but
even then you see that there was La Niña de los Peines, Rosalía
de Triana, many women.
There aren't many women playing the guitar or other instruments
is something that I've always asked myself. I think they are working on it, little
difficult to maintain the illusion when you have to present a show everyday.
you like it, you like it more each time. Look, its something that nobody asks
you, the people arrive at the theatre and think that it's good or bad. They say
that there is this magic of the theatre and everything, but what do you think
when you are in the dressing room? What is you motivation? This is something nobody
plans out. One day you are better, another day worse.
Eva La Yerbabuena, 12th of May 2000
and pic of the Premiere of "5 mujeres " at the Bienal of Flamenco in Seville.