Festival de Jerez
Manuel Liñán Got the XXIV Festival de Jerez Critics Award

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The Granada-born artist has won, in a tight vote, the maple bailaor Marco Flores and the National Ballet of Spain The XXI Critics Prize, framed within the XXIV edition of the Jerez Festival, went to the Granada-born artist Manuel Liñán for his show ¡Viva !, performed during the past February 28 at the Villamarta Theater.

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This recognition, which since 1999 has been jointly organized by the Cátedra de Flamencología y Estudios Folklóricos de Jerez and the Jerez Wine Regulatory Council, has been granted through the votes of critics and journalists accredited to the Festival de Jerez, who value the different shows exhibited in the Villamarta Theater space.

In this edition, a total of fourteen votes have been cast, of which 5 have been for the Manuel Liñán show, the aforementioned ¡Viva !; 4 for the Marco Flores show ‘Rayuela’, three for the National Ballet of Spain, with ‘Invocation’, and one for Antonio Fernández ‘El Farru’ for his show ‘Por un Sueño’, and María Moreno, for ‘De la Conception’.

Viva! It is a show conceived, according to his dossier, as “a song to freedom of movement, where the feminine is embraced as its own, from the masculine body, where gender patterns, in a world encoded as flamenco, break from happiness and joy, creating new terrains that, although unexplored, are not far away … ” ” It is our identity, our way of approaching another aesthetic. It is a personal proposal of each one ”, highlighted Manuel Liñán on the day of his presentation at the Bodega San Ginés.

It includes, in addition to Manuel Liñán, the dancers Miguel Ángel Heredia, Manuel Betanzos, Jonathan Miró, Hugo López, Víctor Martín and Daniel Ramos, a cast completed by the voices of David Carpio and Antonio Campos, the guitar of Francisco Vinuesa, the violin by Víctor Guadiana and percussion by Kike Terrón.

The flamenco dancer from Granada achieves this recognition for the second time since in 2016, coinciding with the XX edition of the Festival de Jerez, he already obtained it for his show ‘Reversible’.

The Chair of Flamencology and the Regulatory Council want to thank once again the predisposition and support of the critics who come to the Festival de Jerez towards this award.

Below we note the list of winners since its launch in 1999:

  • AÑO 1999 Antonio El Pipa (Generaciones)
  • AÑO 2000 Antonio Márquez (Reencuentros/Después de Carmen)
  • AÑO 2001 Sara Baras (Juana la Loca)
  • AÑO 2002 Compañía de Antonio Gades (Fuenteovejuna)
  • AÑO 2003 Compañía de Javier Latorre (Rinconete y Cortadillo).


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