Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla
More than 70 shows will make up the Biennial program

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With the presence of the delegate of Urban Habitat, Culture and Tourism of the Seville city council, Antonio Muñoz and the director of the Bienal de Flamenco, Antonio Zoido, the XXI Flamenco Biennial has been presented in the Ballroom of the Teatro Real in Madrid.

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With the presence of the delegate of Urban Habitat, Culture and Tourism of the Seville city council, Antonio Muñoz and the director of the Bienal de Flamenco, Antonio Zoido, the XXI Flamenco Biennial has been presented in the Ballroom of the Teatro Real in Madrid.

In the framework of FITUR (International Tourism Fair) and as a part of the agenda that the Seville city council has prepared for this event under the slogan of “Seville, city of great events”, the strategic lines, thematic cycles and the spaces in which the more than 70 shows will take place which, over a month, from September 4 to October 4, 2020, will offer the present edition of the Biennial.

An edition that will celebrate its 40th anniversary, since the 1st Flamenco Biennial took place in the spring of 1980. Since then, and every two years, the development of an event that continues to be the benchmark for flamenco shows around the world.

“The importance acquired by Seville in the field of flamenco advises – in the words of the director of the Biennale – to continue the task of specializing each stage, as happens in the cities of Vienna, Milan or Paris that, traditionally, have hosted large musical events and scenic. ”

In this way, the stage of the Teatro de la Maestranza is used for large format works. The Central Theater will continue with the work of exhibiting, predominantly, the dance creations that have made it a world leader in contemporary flamenco, and the Lope de Vega Theater becomes the space for singing.

The unique space of the Alcázar gardens has been reserved for the touch.

Other spaces such as Factoría Cultural and Hotel Triana are reserved for works in which the meeting between the artist and the fan shine, while in the Alameda Theater productions will be exhibited in which flamenco has penetrated the countercultural environment. Finally, for the church of San Luis, given its patrimonial value, singular performances of high artistic value have been reserved.

In addition, for the new edition, new spaces are added, such as those provided by the Cruzcampo Foundation with its new cultural facilities, the Cajasol Foundation in the central cultural block of the city center, and the Three Cultures Foundation with its Pavilion on the Isla de la Charterhouse.

Thus, the shows of the XXI Flamenco Biennial will be framed and contextualized on the stages that have been flamenco every two years in September. Many of these shows will be absolute premieres by the main figures of cante, toque and dance.

Opening of the Biennial

This is the case of the inauguration of the Biennial, an absolute premiere at the Teatro de la Maestranza on September 5 by Eva Yerbabuena, whom she has called “Like you”.

This work is the search for an intimate encounter with the other, it is the construction of human relationships carried out in an increasingly globalized world. Through a fast-paced rhythm alternated with movement, text, music, silence and thought, the choreographer meets the essences that hope to be lived under the common denominator of a unique and universal language such as flamenco.

In the dancer’s reflection, this production “indicates that time passes and if something deserves to be danced, it is pain, because time heals and heals us, forces us to face decisions to create our own battle.”

Eva Yerbabuena directs, conceives and choreographs, while Paco Jarana is in charge of musical direction and guitar. The script and dramaturgy are provided by Alfonso Zurro. Curt Allen and Leticia Gañán are in charge of the set design. The show also features the singers Miguel Ortega, Alfredo Tejada and Antonio “El Turri” and the percussion of Antonio Coronel and Rafael Heredia.

Flashmob, proclamation, and exhibitions

Aside from this premiere, the Biennale will begin with a street presence the day before, on September 4, with the flashmob that will be danced in Seville at the same time as in cities around the world with the music of the Sevillanas expressly commissioned to the guitarist Rafael Riqueni, and danced and tutored by Antonio Canales and María Moreno in the María Luisa Park. It will be the popular party, free and for all Sevillians and visitors who want to accompany the dancers celebrating that the Flamenco Biennial has begun.

Manuel Herrera, promoter of the creation of the Flamenco Biennial and director of the Biennials in the years 1998, 2000 and 2002, will deliver the inaugural proclamation, just as it was done 40 years ago in the first edition by Luis Rosales.

Most of the shows (except those that take place outdoors and that need darkness for their staging) have been scheduled in what is known as prime time so that the usual flamenco venues such as tablaos or peñas flamencas can schedule late nights and, in this way, configure the programming of “La Bienal encecend Sevilla”.

This parallel programming launched in the last edition offers a varied and unique offer that extends throughout the city shows and activities promoted by both public and private entities such as the Palace Houses, incorporated as new flamenco spaces.

In the month of the Biennial there will also be a place for exhibitions such as the History of the Biennale at the Museum of Arts and Popular Customs of Seville, in the Casa de la Provincia the 130 years of the death of Silverio Franconetti will be commemorated and in the Casino de The Exhibition will have Lina’s creations on her 60th anniversary.


Next week the Biennale will travel to Paris. Within the framework of their flamenco event and as a co-production of the Chaillot Theater and the Flamenco Biennial, Fandango! the latest creation by bailaor David Coria, who also choreographed, and by singer David Lagos responsible for musical direction. The work that has the fandango, one of the most popular flamenco styles, as a transversal axis can be seen in Seville at the Teatro de la Maestranza.

It will not be the only co-production existing at the XXI Flamenco Biennial. The organization is currently working to publicize, in this regard, important agreements with spaces and institutions.

The afternoon musical performance

At the end of the act, the presentation of the XXI Biennial of Flamenco had the performance of the violambista Fahmi Alqhai and the dancer Patricia Guerrero, both Giraldillos Awards of the Biennial.

Sarabande Suite for cello BWV 1011 by JS Bach has been the chosen piece to offer an audience made up of musicians, artists, the media, representatives of institutions, tour operators, etc., a preview of the new production, absolute premiere, for the Flamenco Biennial.

In the words of Fahmi Alqhai, this creation was conceived as “A historical fantasy about the evolution of dance starting from black and Indian dances until reaching the most stylized dance. An interpretation with great artistic and aesthetic license, without searching for roots. Who better than Patricia to carry it out. ”

The Flamenco Biennial will present its complete program soon. All the information will be available on the page Likewise, tickets for scheduled shows can be purchased through this same portal.

The Bienal de Flamenco is a project of the Seville Institute of Culture and Arts (ICAS) of the Seville City Council, with the institutional collaboration of the Andalusian Government, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Institute of Performing Arts and Music (INAEM) of the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Provincial Council of Seville. With the sponsorship of Fundación Cajasol, Fundación Cajasur, Lar España, Fundación Cruzcampo and Interflora. Collaborating media ABC, Cadena Ser, Diario de Sevilla, El Correo de Andalucía, Cadena Cope, Onda Cero and RTVA. With the support of Teatro de la Maestranza, Real Alcázar of Seville, Port Authority of Seville, Tourism of Seville, University of Seville (CICUS), Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP), International University of Andalusia (UNIA), SGAE Foundation, University Pablo de Olavide, Center for Andalusian Studies, José Manuel Lara Foundation, Barbadillo, ONCE Foundation, ASET and TUSSAM.


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