Israel Galvan

Constantin Chiriac:
„Hailed by audiences everywhere, honoured with numerous national and international prizes, including National Dance Award UK and New York Bessie Performance Award, invited to the most relevant festivals in the world, Israel Galván is awarded a Star on the Sibiu Walk of Fame for his major contribution to the dialogue between arts and artists, as dancer and choreographer.”

„Born in Seville, Spain (1973) into the dancing family of José Galván and Eugenia de los Reyes, Israel Galván underwent classical flamenco training but since his first creation “¡Mira!/Los zapatos rojos” (1998), that paves the way for a manifesto for a new spirit of flamenco dance, he has gradually transformed into an unclassified dancer and choreographer. Galván recodifies the physical language of flamenco, using not only modes of expression that are genealogically close to it, such as bullfighting, but also performative aspects of other rituals of popular culture. He produces a multiplicity of bodies for a flamenco that is itself going through a process of change. Each of his creations*** is to be a milestone in his pursuit of a dance that seeks to free itself from certain features inherited from a crystallized flamenco. He wants to refocus dance on the actual act of dancing; Israel Galván was honoured with the most prestigious prizes, such as the Premio Nacional de Danza (Spain), the New York Bessie Performance Award, the National Dance Award for Exceptional Artistry (UK). In 2016, he was promoted to the rank of Officier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. He is an associated artist at Le Théâtre de la Ville, Paris.

*** “La Metamorfosis” (2000), “Arena” (2004), “La Edad de oro” (2005), “El Final de este estado de cosas” (2008), “La Curva” (2010), “Lo Real/Le Réel/The Real” (2012), “FLA.CO.MEN” (2013). “TOROBAKA”, with Akram Khan (2015), “La Fiesta” (Cour d’Honneur - Avignon Festival, 2017), “Coplas Mecánica”, with Niño de Elche at SONAR (Barcelona, 2018), “Gatomaquia, o Israel Galvan bailando para cuatro gatos”, with The Romanès Circus in Paris, “Israel & イスラエルイスラエル”, premiered in Japan, and “El Amor Brujo”, by Manuel De Falla (2019) "