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World Pride Madrid 2017: Dance performances

Among the many cultural initiatives that flood the city during World Pride this year are some beautiful and dance performances that you won't want to miss

By Álvaro Vicente

Being this year's world capital of LGBTI Pride is the perfect excuse to give exposure to art forms that might otherwise be overlooked but exist nevertheless. A good example are dance performances that show off the busy hive of creativity, professionals and creators who want to share their art with the world, whatever it is, whatever their sex, whatever their sexual identity and orientation. Cabaret, performance, flamenco... dance is a universal language to be spoken and heard by all.



One of the triumphs of the latest edition of the Premios Max de Artes Escénicas awards, Rocío Molina, who won as Best Performer and Best Choreographer for the piece 'Caída del cielo', collaborates for this show with flamenco singer Rosario La Tremendita, a pairing that actually made it to the Max finals four years ago. Both are masters in their fields, both reflect on the struggle of being and the ability to find simplicity, naturalness and confidence through existence. This is an interesting piece, as dynamic as it is emotional, where silence, vibration, sound textures, aesthetics, voice and dance follow a path in search of the most profound of each.



French choreographer Sylvain Huc shows the research on masculinity he's developed with ten resident performers in Madrid and eight from Toulouse and Barcelona. Through this process, these men have gone in search of themselves, asking themselves questions. they show their masculine figures, replete with desire, addiction, frenzy, tension, abandon and monstrosity. They question the image, representation, deconstruction and expressiveness of the male body. They aim to open a space where they can talk about themselves and their condition, trying to resolve whatever's wrong with their bodies and, in doing so, contradict what writer Virgine Despentes said, which served as inspiration for Sylvain: 'Men love to talk about women because that way they avoid talking about themselves.'




Flamenco, hip hop and breakdance unite and fuse for the first time in one show. Dance styles that were born in the street with a need to transmit the truth, essence and experiences as a form of expression for those who felt and could create improvised movements, music and aesthetics that were creating a style all their own. 'Titanium' features 13 men (musicians and dancers) showing that the latest styles aren't so new and that flamenco never stops being an avant-garde art. Modern artisans of movement and music perform with an original soundtrack created by Héctor González, who researched to find sounds and melodies that bring the styles together, at the same time giving a personality and identity to the project.

Flamenco Diverso


‘Flamenco Diverso’ is a mini cycle of two shows. The first, 'Bailar en hombre', is a project from Fernando López, who reaches personal heights with this work that ends a process of theoretical-practical research carried out at the University of Paris VIII around the construction of masculinity in flamenco dancing, the relationship between man and woman and their respective roles, and the profound connection between gender and sexuality. The second show, 'Dos tocaoras' presents the innovative recital of two women, Antonia Jiménez (flamenco guitar) and Marta Robles (classical guitar), who give a different approach to flamenco, fusing with it pieces of classical music and even jazz. The show breaks barriers with an instrument that has traditionally been in the hands of men.  


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