"The Festival of Jerez It is not the oldest, we are now 23 years old, but it is so genuine because its foundations are based in a city that is one of the cradles of flamenco. And also because it facilitates the meeting between artists, the public and more than a thousand trainees who come every year to Jerez to the dance classes taught by great figures, "he explained. Isamay Benavente, director of the Jerez Festival and the Villamarta Theater, the main venue for the great date with flamenco dancing that will be held from February 22 to March 9.
"We will present 11 absolute premieres, from The street of dreams, of Joaquín Grilo, with which we inaugurated at the Villamarta Theater The love wizard, the particular tribute that Israel Galván he does Manuel de Falla and that will close the festival. But not all are big names, many of the premieres are artists with a consolidated career but who have not yet had an opportunity to present their own proposals for lack of a place to premiere, "said the head of the festival on Tuesday in Madrid at Corral de la Morería, in a presentation that has counted with the presence of some of the artists and the performance of Eduardo Guerrero, one of the choreographers and dancers who will participate in the event in Jerez with the premiere of Shadow ephemeral.
María Pagés, with An ode to time; Eva Yerbabuena, with Tales of sugar, or Rubén Olmo, who will present Hours with you are some of the proposals of this edition in which the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía will also participate with a premiere: Naturally flamenco, with choreography by Úrsula López.
With half a hundred shows spread over eight spaces and nine clubs – where weekends there will be free performances at noon that will be paired with wines and traditional Jerez cuisine. Food and drink going through the box-, the Festival de Jerez is also a call for flamenco dance fans from all over the world who, every year, come to learn or improve their style in the 44 courses with 1,200 places offered by the organization. "Last year came trainees from 42 countries, coming from Japan, the United States, Germany, France, Italy, Australia … And in this edition we even have some from Singapore, the majority, around 75%, are women", precise Benavente.
The traditional spaces of the festival, including the González Byass Winery and the Renaissance palace Villavicencio in the Alcázar, are joined in this edition by the Villapanés Palace, an 18th century building in the San Miguel neighborhood, right next to the monument dedicated to to the most flamenco of all Jerez: Lola Flores.