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Iván Vargas on Creativity and Inspiration in Flamenco


Iván Vargas’ explosive vitality and skill to convey the deep-rooted quejío, or cry, of the persecuted Roma folks in dance has led him to carry out and educate from the historic Sacromonte caves of Granada, Spain, to levels world wide. Vargas, a high-profile protagonist of pure flamenco, has additionally been invited to prime worldwide flamenco festivals, such because the Pageant de Jerez in his native Spain and the Pageant Flamenco Albuquerque. Final fall, Vargas was an artist in residence on the College of New Mexico’s dance program for a second time. With a relentless drive to develop his inventive skills, Vargas additionally often ventures out of the realm of flamenco, taking over theatrical and classical music tasks, similar to lately touring with the piano and cello pair Dúo Cassadó.

Iván Vargas. Picture by Farruk, Courtesy Vargas.

I at all times attempt to replicate all my experi­ences, and my manner of seeing flamenco, when I’m choreographing. I need college students to have the ability to seize and see within the inventive course of how I really feel about flamenco, as a result of since I used to be a really younger baby it has been a lifestyle for me. I at all times bear in mind my homeland of Granada and my academics in all the pieces I create.

Working with the musical accom­panists is a joint effort. I give my concepts to the musicians they usually give me theirs and thus begins the teamwork for choreography.

Improvisation is central to flamenco. I strive steps and choreographic materials with the dancers till the specified result’s discovered. Improvisation with musicians can be essential as a result of, relying on what they contribute, totally different choreographic concepts additionally emerge.

Emotion for me is crucial, and I attempt to make it current in all my choreography.

Expressiveness of the face ought to come naturally, it’s not one thing that may be realized or practiced. You will need to imbue the choreography with emotions and the character that distinguishes every certainly one of us.

When working with college students on the college, I start by specializing in the palo [musical form of flamenco] we’re going to choreograph. I search for one thing with an identical origin that’s already inside the college students’ realm of understanding, to seize the essence of the land the place the palo originates from. I’ve choreographed to Tangos de Granada and Alegrías de Cádiz, and I’ve tried to make sure that the essence of these two cities, Granada and Cádiz, is mirrored within the choreography and interpretation.

It is necessary by no means to see your self as an island and to hunt enter and inspiration from these round you. I usually go and see the work of my colleagues.

Making ready to work outdoors flamenco, first I hearken to the music that I’ll interpret. Since I’m not in my pure surroundings, I must establish and grow to be acquainted with it. I then go to the studio and begin choreographing. I additionally search suggestions and recommendation from dance consultants outdoors the venture.

As an expert my schedule is commonly hectic, however the spontaneity of creation arises at any time as a result of, as an artist, I’m at all times stressed.




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