What a treat it was on Sunday evening to see a show by Israel Galván! This flamenco dancer has been variously called “revolutionary”, “avant garde”, and quite simply “a genius”… It was my first time to see him, and my first time to be exposed to a contemporary, if I may call it that, flamenco style. Israel was born to flamenco dancing parents, and at age 18 decided to take up flamenco professionally, and what a stir he has created in the dance world with his talent.
The brochure I was given at the Theatre described his dance as complex, with rapid-fire footwork and movement and in the show I saw it all! In the world of dance, Israel has won every possible flamenco prize there is to win, including the Giradillo prize at Seville’s flamenco biennial, the Flamenco Hoy critics’ award for best dancer of the year, which he received in both 2001 and 2005, and Spain’s national dance prize — I have to say it was a humbling experience to be in his presence, simply because to be so good one has to put intense and long practice into what one has a passion for, and that is something to be admired and appreciated always!
I’m posting a video of his, so you know what I’m talking about… OLÉ!!!