Past Live Performance
Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents

Israel Galván


January 23 + 24, 2023

In Israel Galván’s SOLO, the physical language of flamenco is recodified, using modes of expression that are genealogically related as well as performative aspects of other rituals of popular culture, from football to activism to cross-dressing. In constant pursuit of a dance that frees itself from the inherited features of established flamenco, Galván says: "SOLO is a coincidence — one day when I was dancing I stood still, I couldn't move, and there was no music. It was a minute of solitude. In all these years I have learned to dance alone with my solitudes. I realize the sound of my body and dance in silence."


Artistic Direction, Choreography, and Dance: Israel Galván
Sound: Pedro León
Management: Rosario Gallardo
Distribution: Rial & Eshelman
Production: Israel Galván Company in collaboration with INAEM, Instituo Nacional de las Artes Escénicas de la Música



Israel Galván
Artist Bio

Israel Galván

Israel Galván de Los Reyes stands out for proposing an expressive language of his own, not only as a dancer, but also as a scenic creator, developing a language, unknown until now in flamenco dancing, based on fragmentations, mixtures, and sums of gestures.

Winner of the National Dance Award 2005, granted by the Spanish Ministry of Culture for his ability to generate in an art like flamenco a new creation without forgetting the true roots that have sustained it to this day and that constitute it as a universal genre, he has also received other awards during his career including the 2012 N.Y. Dance and Performance Bessie for Outstanding Production and the Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes granted by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. In 2016, he was appointed Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the Republic of France by the French Ministry of Culture. This honorary decoration was in recognition of Galván’s work in France. He has received a total of six Premios Max de Artes Escénicas and the Barcelona Critics’ Award in 2014 and 2018. The son of Sevillian flamenco dancers José Galván and Eugenia de Los Reyes, from the age of five he began to experience the atmosphere of the flamenco venues, parties, and dance academies where his father took him. But it was not until 1990 that he found his vocation for dancing. In 1994, he joined the recently created Compañía Andaluza de Danza, directed by Mario Maya, beginning an unstoppable career. He has collaborated in numerous projects with various artists including Enrique Morente, Manuel Soler, and Mario Maya, Sol Picó, Pat Metheny, Vicente Amigo, Alfredo Lagos, Manuela Carrasco, Nick Lizard, Fernando Terremoto, Miguel Poveda, Diego Carrasco, Gerardo Nuñez , Belen Maya, Chicuelo, Joan Albert Amargós, Diego Amador, Arcángel, Inés Bacán and Estrella Morente. Galván’s’s credits include: ¡Mira! / Los Zapatos Rojos; La Metamorfosis (2000); Galvánicas (2002); Arena (2004); La Edad de Oro (2005); Tábula Rasa (2006); Solo (2007); El Final de Este Estado de cosas, Redux (2008); La Curva (2010); Lo Real / Le Réel / The Real (2012); FLA.CO.MEN (2014); Torobaka (2014); La Fiesta (2017); Coplas Mecánicas (2018); Gatomaquia (2018); El Amor Brujo (2019); Mellizo Doble (2020). In 2021 he conceived and directed the short movie Maestro de Barra. In summer 2022 he opened at Grec festival in Barcelona his latest production Seises, inspired to his hometown Sevilla. Israel Galván is also featured in a Netflix docuseries about dance called Move. He is an associated artist at Le Théâtre de la Ville, Paris.

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