DanceHouse: Compañía Rocío Molina (CANCELLED)

 

PRESS RELEASE

DanceHouse Presents Spain’s Provocative Compañía Rocío Molina
in Vancouver Premiere of
— Fallen from Heaven —  

Flamenco superstar marries anarchic intensity with technical virtuosity
in powerful exploration of the female experience

Vancouver, BC — DanceHouse and SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, in partnership with Vancouver International Flamenco Festival (VIFF), present the Vancouver premiere of Compañía Rocío Molina’s fearless work Fallen from Heaven (Caída del Cielo), on stage April 1-4, 2020 at 8pm and April 5, 2020 at 2pm at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W Hastings). Choreographed by Spain’s ‘enfant terrible of Flamenco’ Rocío Molina and choreographer Elena Córdoba, with co-artistic direction by Carlos Marquerie, Fallen from Heaven is a radical celebration of womanhood and its many nuanced gender roles. Performed to live musical accompaniment, the daring work infuses flamenco’s fiery passion with a contemporary feminist aesthetic, revolutionizing the traditional dance form for a new generation.

“This is a very special premiere for DanceHouse as it will be the first time in our 12-year history that we have presented a flamenco artist,” says Jim Smith, Artistic and Executive Director of DanceHouse. “We feel privileged that DanceHouse’s flamenco debut is with the inimitable Rocío Molina. Her rebellious, punk rock energy takes flamenco to a courageous new level. It’s a must-see experience.”

Fallen from Heaven, created in 2016 when Molina was an associate artist with the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris, is her irreverent exploration of the multifaceted feminine archetype. As she journeys through multiple incarnations of woman — from virtuous beauty to bondage-clad toreador to bloodied supernatural being — she transforms flamenco’s sensual dance form into an explosive and immersive theatrical experience. Lauded by The Guardian as a “fiercely provocative work,” Fallen from Heaven earned Molina an Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Dance in 2018.

The performance begins in hushed silence, with Molina dressed in a floor-length white dress adorned with cascading ruffles. She boldly defies flamenco’s conventions, as she slowly sinks to the floor and begins sensually writhing on stage. An undercurrent of intense rage is tempered by moments of eccentric exhibitionism and intimate tenderness. Molina expertly fuses flamenco’s technical precision and foot-stamping intensity with an avant-garde, contemporary narrative.

The work features original music by Eduardo Trassierra, a classically trained flamenco guitarist, composer, and dancer from Spain. Rooted in flamenco’s signature rhythmic percussion and vocals, the musical score is punctuated by blasts of post-rock electric bass, mirroring Molina’s innovative choreography. Trassierra is joined live on stage by musicians: Kiko Peña (singing, electric bass); José Manuel Ramos “Oruco” (hand-clapping, percussion); and Pablo Martín Jones (percussion, electronics).

Fallen from Heaven’s lyrical expression is enhanced by an extensive wardrobe of costumes and props designed by scenographer and graphic/video artist Cecilia Molano. Knee-length white trousers and a gold bolero jacket transform Molina into a commanding toreador; bondage gear morphs the dancer into a seductive dominatrix; and a bloodied, voluminous skirt conjures a supernatural earth mother.

A classically trained flamenco dancer and 2010 recipient of Spain’s National Dance Prize, Molina is world renowned for her “go-for-broke daring as artist and entertainer” (The Times, UK). Performing since the age of three, she graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Dance in Madrid at age 17 and embarked on an international career as a dancer and choreographer. Molina has graced some of the world’s most esteemed stages — the Barbican Centre in London, the New York City Centre, the Esplanade in Singapore — and reinvigorated Spain’s traditional flamenco form with her progressive style. The artist was the subject of the 2018 documentary Impulso by French filmmaker Emilio Belmonte, which explores her use of impulsos — improvisational dances performed in public places, often in collaboration with her impromptu audience — to guide her creation and development of new dance works.

Marquerie is an author, artistic director, dramaturgist, scenographer, and lighting designer based in Madrid, Spain. As a frequent collaborator with Molina, he has provided dramaturgy and lighting design for several past works including, Cuando las piedras vuelen (2009), Afectos (2012), Caída del Cielo (2016), and Grito Pelao (2018). Marquerie often partners with Córdoba, a contemporary dancer, choreographer, and photographer, in the creation of his works.

DanceHouse is pleased to partner with VIFF and SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs to present a screening of Impulso in advance of the performance. This will also include a Speaking of Dance Conversation immediately following the screening. For more details and to buy tickets, visit viff.org.

For tickets and further information, visit: dancehouse.ca

About DanceHouse (dancehouse.ca)
DanceHouse connects Vancouver audiences and the local arts community to the international world of dance by presenting exceptional companies that are recognized for their excellence, innovation, and international reputation. Since 2008, DanceHouse has presented vibrant and inspiring companies from Canada and around the world. In addition to the performances on stage, DanceHouse offers a suite of engagement opportunities and a chance for the general public and local artistic community to engage with the presented artists and their work.

LISTING INFORMATION DanceHouse presents Compañía Rocío Molina’s
Fallen from Heaven (Caída del Cielo)
Dates: April 1-4, 2020 at 8pm & April 5, 2020 at 2pm
Post-Show Talk on April 2, 2020 after Performance
Host: Rosario Ancer (Vancouver International Flamenco Festival) Guest: Rocío Molina
Ticket Prices:  From $35
Address: Vancouver Playhouse
600 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC
Box Office: dancehouse.ca/tickets/single-tickets/ or call 604.801.6225
Website: dancehouse.ca

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