FERNANDO LÓPEZ

BLACK FLAMENCO

Black Flamenco takes as its starting point flamenco tango, a song of Afro-Cuban origin, also called "American tango" or "black tango." Tango was created in the suburbs of Havana by people of African descent (many of them still enslaved), it arrived in Spain in the 19th century and was transformed until it gave rise to flamenco tango. Despite the success of this dance as soon as it arrived in the Iberian Peninsula, some dance teachers decided to clean up and transform their choreographic postures and gestures, considering them too explicit and indecent to be presented on stage or in public events in front of a bourgeois audience. Therefore, tango gradually lost its Afro-Cuban references but maintained its link with the lower social classes, being danced by gypsies and other citizens who never belonged to high society. The stage proposal, with an adaptable format and multidisciplinary character, hybridizes contemporary dance, traditional flamenco dance, live singing and audiovisual projections. Thus, we are allowed to travel in time to approach, with humor, the musical heritage of the 19th century, and understand how this flamenco tango ended up being a tool of empowerment in some “tanned skin” neighborhoods such as Triana (in Seville) or Sacromonte (in Granada).

Conception, choreography and direction: Fernando López
Performers: Fernando López, Yinka Esi Graves or Germain Boungou depending on availability.
Music: VVAA
Audiovisuals and photography: Tándem 579 / Eric van Nieuwland
Costumes: La Heaty
Distribution: Alex Pujol (Spain); Angels Queralt (France)
Premiere: October 8, 2023 at Fira Mediterrània (Manresa)
With the support of: Canal Choreographic Center (Madrid); Residences 2+2 BenAmil/Espai Inestable (Valencia); Culture Moves Europe; Center National de la Danse (Lyon); Association de Chercheurs en Danse (France).