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Paco Peña’s Patrias: A Country Divided

SEEN loves the passion of flamenco and cannot wait to see the new show by the peerless Paco Peña Dance Company, which will be at Sadler’s Wells from Tuesday 12th - Saturday 16th July with the deeply personal work ‘Patrias’, which commemorates the 80th anniversary of the tragic death of Spain’s literary hero Federico García Lorca, at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War.

SEEN loves the passion of flamenco and cannot wait to see the new show by the peerless Paco Peña Dance Company, which will be at Sadler’s Wells from Tuesday 12th – Saturday 16th July with the deeply personal work ‘Patrias’, which commemorates the 80th anniversary of the tragic death of Spain’s literary hero Federico García Lorca, at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War.

seen london Paco Peña PATRIAS (cred. Andy Phillipson)3

The celebrated Andalusian poet, artist, playwright and musician Federico García Lorca was executed by Franco’s troops in August 1936, at the start of the Spanish Civil War, a conflict that saw an estimated total of 500,000 deaths. Lorca is rightly described as the greatest Spanish writer of the 20th century and while his death will forever link him with the war, his work represents a constant source of nourishment for flamenco and Andalusian folklore.

seen london Paco Peña PATRIAS (cred. Andy Phillipson) (3)

The Spanish word ‘patria’, meaning motherland, is today fraught with ambiguity as a consequence of the rhetoric of the Civil War. By pluralizing the word, Peña suggests that Spain was divided into two countries during the conflict, acknowledging both the positive significance of the word and the tragic burden of its history. Legendary flamenco guitarist Paco Peña was himself born in Córdoba in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and grew up in the repressive environment of Francoist Spain, before moving to the UK in 1966.

seen london Paco Peña PATRIAS (cred. Andy Phillipson) (15)

Patrias features choreography by Fernando Romero and performances by flamenco stars Angel Muñoz and Mayte Bajo. The show is an exploration of the emotional and cultural impact on Spain of the civil war and the death of one of its most prominent victims. It’s a multi-layered and impressionistic piece of theatre combining flamenco with spoken word, audio effects and video projections; an immersive experience that reinvents flamenco for the 21st century. The production includes original recordings of music performed by Lorca on the piano. Poems by Pablo Neruda, Antonio Machado and Vicente Aleixandre also feature, as well as Pablo Picasso’s monumental protest painting Guernica.

seen london Paco Peña PATRIAS (cred. Andy Phillipson) (21)

Flamenco fanáticos purchasing a ticket on July 13th for that day’s performance will have the chance to experience a free post-show flamenco class.

Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company 
Patrias
Tuesday 12th – Saturday 16th July 2016
Performances: Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Sat at 2.30pm
Tickets: £12 – £38
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000
www.sadlerswells.com

Credits

  • Images Andy Phillipson

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