FESTIVAL DE JEREZ 2012. MARÍA PAGÉS, 'UTOPÍA'

The magic of life

Silvia Calado. Jerez, March 9th, 2012


 

‘Utopía’. Idea, choreography, direction, scenography, wardrobe design, dance: María Pagés. Dance: Isabel Rodríguez, Eva Varela, María Vega, José Antonio Jurado, Paco Berbel, Rubén Puertas. Musicians: Ana Ramón and Ismael de la Rosa (cante), Rubén Lebaniegos and José Fyty Carrillo (guitars), Fred Martins (voices, guitar, cavaquinho), Sergio Menem (celo), Chema Uriarte (percussion). Lighting: Pau Fullana. 16th Festival de Jerez 2012. Teatro Villamarta. Jerez (Cádiz, Spain), March 9th 2012. 9 p.m.

 
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María Pagés
(Photo Daniel Muñoz)

Magic... Last night María Pagés was the conjurer of arm games, the magician of oneiric spaces, the one who flies, the one who dreams, the one who makes others dream. The Sevillian bailaora and choreographer came to Festival de Jerez making magic and, at the same time, teaching a lesson, reminding us how high the sights are set of large-scale flamenco dancing shows for the greater public. 'Utopía' is a poem of dance, music and photography which invisibly synchronizes the “tricks” on stage and interweaves them after thinking a lot about them, in order to make its creator’s imagination come alive. The “MP” trademark oozes out of every pore of this show which is, above all, synthesis and simplicity. The main exhibition of refinement is the stage design which, as we already pointed out when it was presented at the Teatro Español in Madrid, can be summed up in three mobile lines, like three strokes which might just as easily be a wave or a road or a dome.

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María Pagés
(Photo Daniel Muñoz)
 

And the individual and the group flow under that firmament which is sketched and transforms. The ‘me’ is her, María Pagés, bailaora, evocation and illustration. She makes the farruca 'Diálogo' a simple stroke. She turns 'Conciencia y deseo' into a drop of blood, into an inner beat from which cantaora Ana Ramón speaks to her. In 'Camino rojo' she chooses one of the many possible roads from the Machado perspective of the traveler. And at the end, it’s the winged 'Elevation' by Baudelaire. And the group, dressed in raw material gray, consists of her six dancers in connection with the flamenco and Brazilian musicians, most of the time integrated on stage and in metaphors. Together - from the soleá to the trilla, from the martinete to the guajira - they symbolize dialogue, captivity, freedom, solidarity and, as a means and purpose, irony and joy. And that is the message which, after the sensory, philosophical kaleidoscope, this show radiates taking as a leit motif the thought, experience, art and ethical commitment of centenarian Brazilian architect Óscar Niemeyer. He is the one who sings us that curative samba 'Tranquilo com a vida', more significant than ever in these times of pessimism.        

Photo gallery, by Daniel Muñoz.
Manuel Liñán, 'Tauro'

© Daniel Muñoz

 

 

 

 

María Pagés, 'Utopía' (Photo Daniel Muñoz)

 

María Pagés, 'Utopía' (Photo Daniel Muñoz)

 

María Pagés, 'Utopía' (Photo Daniel Muñoz)

 

María Pagés, 'Utopía' (Photo Daniel Muñoz)

 

María Pagés, 'Utopía' (Foto Daniel Muñoz)

 

María Pagés, 'Utopía' (Photo Daniel Muñoz)

 

María Pagés, 'Utopía' (Photo Daniel Muñoz)

 

María Pagés, 'Utopía' (Photo Daniel Muñoz)

 

María Pagés, 'Utopía' (Photo Daniel Muñoz)

 

María Pagés, 'Utopía' (Photo Daniel Muñoz)

 



Santiago Lara presents the album 'Sentimientos nuevos'

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Santiago Lara (Photo Daniel Muñoz)

Jerez-born flamenco guitarist Santiago Lara took advantage of the setting of Festival de Jerez 2012 for the first public presentation of his second solo album, 'Sentimientos nuevos'. In a hall at the Alcázar, the musician commented on his new disc and played two pieces live: the granaína 'Cueva del sonido' and the bulería 'Por medio'. Journalist Fran Pereira was in charge of introducing him, pointing out the artist’s “evolution” in the five years which have gone by since his début album 'El sendero de lo imposible'. David Lagos, Miguel Lavi, Londro, Jesús Méndez and Mercedes Ruiz, among others, have collaborated on this self-production that will soon be released.

 

And tomorrow...

· Joaquín Grilo, 'La mar de flamenco'. Teatro Villamarta, 9 p.m.

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Joaquín Grilo, press conference
(Photo Daniel Muñoz)

And after an intense two-week flamenco encounter, Festival de Jerez 2012 closes with the premiere of 'La mar de flamenco' by Joaquín Grilo. The Jerez-born bailaor and choreographer attended the Round-Table at La Bodega to present his new show accompanied by his entire company, which includes guitarist Juan Requena, cantaores José Valencia and Carmen Grilo, harmonica player Antonio Serrano, Turkish musician Bilgin Canaz and contemporary dancer Javier Pérez. “I wanted to do something about the sea, but I wasn’t very sure what”, the head of the company recounted. And the idea finally arose from some pictures taken after a day of fishing by Jerez-born photographer Miguel Ángel González. Starting there, he shaped a show which in the music connects flamenco to music from the eastern Mediterranean and from the other side of the Atlantic, “since Cádiz has received many cultural influences by sea”. And the role stands out of the Turkish ney, an instrument from Ancient Times which is going to dialogue for the first time with guitar and harmonica. He also points out the collaboration of the dancer with whom he is going to star in his first dialogue with contemporary dance.  

 

Further information

FESTIVAL DE JEREZ 2012
Official website · Ticket sales

All about Festival de Jerez 2012: reviews, photos, videos, galleries...

María Pagés, 'Utopía'. Teatro Español de Madrid. Review and photos

Interview with María Pagés about 'Utopía'

Festival de Jerez 2012 hosts new flamenco baile and Spanish dance premieres

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www.flamencofestival.info

 




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