Due to a recent knee injury while performing in Paris, Israel Galván has been advised by his doctor to withdraw his participation in the entire TOROBAKA tour while he undergoes complete rest and rehabilitation.
Two dancers. Two instinctive and natural collaborators. Two traditions, united, restored and reframed—harking back to the origins of voice and of gesture, before they began to produce meaning.
In Torobaka, acclaimed U.K.-based choreographer and dancer Akram Khan and renowned Spanish flamenco dancer Israel Galván have created an intense physical dialogue that allows each performer to both channel and challenge the movement traditions of kathak — an ancient form of Indian classical dance which colors and informs the spiritual elegance of Khan’s work — and the unique vocabularies and rhythmic folk form of flamenco, for which Galván is internationally revered as a virile and virtuosic master.
“Torobaka is above all a dialogue and exchange of ideas. Khan makes flamenco shoes dance on his hands; Galván allows his whiplash angles to soften into south Asian curves: sometimes the playful weaving of movement through the dancers’ bodies is unrecognizable as anything but a physical conversation, happening in the here and now.”
—The Guardian U.K.
CAP UCLA presentation supported in part by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Endowment Fund and the Dream Fund.
Producers: Farooq Chaudhry & Bia Oliveira (Khan Chaudhry Productions) and Chema Blanco & Cisco Casado (A Negro Producciones)
Co-produced by MC2: Grenoble, Sadler’s Wells London, Mercat de les Flors Barcelona, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Festival Montpellier Danse 2015, Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay Singapore, Prakriti Foundation, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam / Flamenco Biënnale Nederland, Concertgebouw Brugge, HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden, Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Romaeuropa Festival
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