In "La Curva", Bacan's spare singing and Courvoisier's atonal and dissonant compositions bear no resemblance to what we know of flamenco music. At times, there is no musical accompaniment. Instead, Mr. Galván listens intently to his own body and explores the silence by creating a score using rhythms from his footwork, his snapping fingers, and even his voice. Using humor to diffuse dramatic seriousness, he wraps his arm around his head and, with a finger, pulls up an eyebrow, creating a witty snapshot of the exaggerated female flamenco dancer. He is given to experimenting with the basic rhythmic structure of flamenco, building phrases that fragment rather than connecting rhythms as would be expected. He reorganizes the sequence of song and guitar measures, bringing new emotional weight to the dynamic steps and directional changes. Galván's innovations twist and uproot flamenco, taking movement into the realm of the abstract and infusing classical style with a distinct personal aesthetic. Much of his work uses interactive lighting and objects in unorthodox settings to contemporize the mood of a highly stylized flamenco recital. What is inescapable is Mr. Galván's mastery of control, movement and stillness. In the dozen works he has created since founding his company in 1996, he has revolutionized the conceptual possibilities of flamenco with these experimental investigations into choreography and staging.
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Mandell Theater at Drexel University
33rd & Chestnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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