Guitars, Claps & Taps: Bi-Flamenko Returns to Ljubljana, 14-18 Feb 2020

By , 09 Feb 2020, 11:56 AM Lifestyle
Patricia Guerrero in "Distopija", the show that closes the festival Patricia Guerrero in "Distopija", the show that closes the festival YouTube screenshot

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The second Bi-Flamenko festival, the bi-annual treat for all lovers of the titular music and dance, in traditional and modern forms, is back in Ljubljana’s Cankarjev dom  with a short but packed and varied programme, featuring music, dance, a live DJ show. movie and free workshops.

This edition starts on Friday, 14 February, and runs until the 18th. There’s a lot to enjoy, but not so much that it’s overwhelming, with enough variety that at least one show or event should appeal and perhaps get you out of the house and off the streets for some hot-blooded excitement in the bleak mid-winter. The pictures and videos below give just a taste of what’s on offer, with a link to the full programme, times, tickets and so on at the end of the story.

Friday 14, February

Friday night there’s the two-woman dance show ENO – ONE, guitar from Rafael Riqueni, and live mix and video from Los Voluble in Flamenco is not a crime.

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A photo used by Cankarjev dom to promote ENO - ENO, taken by Andrej Lamut

Saturday 15, February

There are free public flamenco workshops called “Feel the Rhythm”, to be held by Eduardo Guerrero, the new Flamenco god (according to the Dutch press, with some support in the second and fourth videos below), a theatrical dance piece called Space between us that considers bullfighting, and a show from Vanesa Aibar called Sierpe (Serpent). Eduardo Guerrero also takes to the stage, after having taught two workshops, in a show with Slagwerk Den Haag called ¡Klick-Pluck-Planta-Tacón-Click-Tap-Clack! – ask for it by name.

Sunday, 16 February

A show from Nairuz and the David Carmona Trio offers two acts for one ticket. The first blends the rich heritage of Turkish Sufi music and flamenco, with dance from Urška Centa, while the second will present Un sueño de locura.

Also on Sunday, and again on Monday, there’s a screening of the film Impulso: Rocío Molina, the headliner of the first Bi Flamenco Festival, returns with a film chronicling the making of her show “Fallen from Heaven”, which brought her fame and made her the leading figure in contemporary flamenco dance.

Tuesday, 17 February

The festival then comes to a close with Patricia Guerrero’s Distopija. As it says in the promo “Guerrero’s body is bursting with flamenco, and she uses it to draw the most fabulous geometric figures. Playful, nimble, but with tremendous power in her feet.”

You can see more details and get tickets here

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