Flamenco Biënnale NL | Estévez/Paños, Silencios | 19 Nov ’21 Stadsschouwburg Utrecht

VIII Flamenco Biënnale Nederland | Estévez/Paños Compañía | Campanillero + Silencios 19 November 2021 | Stadsschouwburg Utrecht ‘A conversation from the rawness of the silence.’ This is how the choreographer duo Rafael Estévez & Valeriano Paños [EP] characterize the duet…

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VIII Flamenco Biënnale Nederland | Estévez/Paños Compañía | Campanillero + Silencios
19 November 2021 | Stadsschouwburg Utrecht

‘A conversation from the rawness of the silence.’ This is how the choreographer duo Rafael Estévez & Valeriano Paños [EP] characterize the duet they created, inspired by an essay from A Year from Monday by John Cage. It is also the vital answer by these two dancers and life partners to Estévez’s physical resurrection from a silence caused by a (near fatal) thrombosis in his leg.

Estévez & Paños received the 2019 Spanish National Dance Award for their creations. Usually responsible for large group choreographies, in this intimate dialogue both dancers surrender to each other only. Estévez investigates ‘the stinging silence of Paños’ nervous system, understanding the short circuit in a body which works until it is exhausted, to achieve the ultimate beauty of a body in perfect harmony.’ Paños investigates Estévez’ oppressive silence; ‘the silence of blood streams thickening like honey in the body, heavy with stored memories of a past which he never experienced,’ but which form the foundation of his dance language. Flamenco past and present congeal in an extremely personal story from the silence of the unexpressed.

The opening act to [Silencios] was the European premiere of ‘Campanillero’ (Bell-ringer): a short piece from the latest show by Estévez & Paños, ‘La Confluencia’, danced by Jesús Perona.

Artistic Direction & Choreography: Rafael Estévez, Valeriano Paños & Juan Kruz Díaz de Garaio Esnaola (Silencios) | Dance: Jesús Perona (Campanilleros), Rafael Estévez, Valeriano Paños | Technical direction: Olga García -AAI | Production: Estévez/Paños y Compañía, GNP Producciones SL | International distribution: Aurora Limburg

“Silencios”: Creation in Artistic Residence at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA & Creation in Berlin, Germany. www.estevezpanoscia.com | www.auroralimburg.com

Video by Felix Vázquez | Buenasombrafilms

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