Between 1959 and 1973, there is a phenomenon that will mark a generation of Spaniards: emigration. 15 years, in which about one hundred thousand people on average left the country. Among them are two Grenadians from Ogijares, who live in Frankfurt, Germany and who in the summer of 1970 have a daughter who with only 17 days, the situation forces to be taken to the village to be raised by the paternal grandparents. That girl is Eva María Garrido, today Eva Yerbabuena, and those grandparents were Encarna and Luis. And there grows the girl who one day would cross with flamenco.
No historian will say that it is coincidence, that two of the wisest Roman emperors, Trajan and Adriano, were born in the south of Andalusia, the same land that saw Seneca born. But the “South” already has important neolithic necropolises and megaliths, the Iberian settlements that will leave, the impressive Dama de Baza, with its black hair and its two lateral waves, Seneca, Maimonides, Averroes, peaks of classical, Islamic and... +
...Jewish philosophical thought , they leave this same land. There they spread their Germanic blood the Goths, and left their imprint, on a subsoil already so fertile, where the Roman was only a layer added on a floor already very fertile. He is an Andalusian -Lebrija- who publishes in 1492 the first grammar of Castilian -first of the Romance languages-. In Granada, the Alhambra rises, that city that Columbus visited before leaving to the “beyond”, and there, and not somewhere else, rest Isabel and Fernando, the Catholic Monarchs.
Ogíjares – before Ogíjares from above and Ogíjares from below – is in the Vega de Granada, just 10 km southeast of the city, as in the Sierra Nevada. By the blood of Encarna and Luis, runs that old and wise blood of an Andalusia that is myth, but that is “reason” also in the heights of thought. Around, olive trees, some holm oak, Scots pine, oscojales, mastic trees, wild olive trees, and an undergrowth in which the mastic, rosemary, rockroses, junipers proliferate …
Encarna raised the girl and decorated the house, on the day of Corpus, without even imagining, that granddaughter would be one day, the first woman to give the proclamation not only of the Corpus of Ojígares, but of Granada herself. Go to the pylons to wash, with the cold of the saw on the back. It is loving in the way that is amorodo attached to the land and labor. Eva is the child of her eyes who will put the first words written, in a house in which neither of the grandparents knew how to read or write. But Luís, lets fall sentences of that blood that adds everything, the Iberian, the Phoenician, the Roman, the Goth, the Muslim, what came from America, what the land gives … like those still lifes of Sánchez Cotán, who also he chose Granada to say goodbye to the world, where in those places where French and Dutch people make floral or fruit arrangements of great beauty, he puts a sublime cabbage. That essence of the Spanish that is not arpeggio, which is not foreign, is the matrix, not flamenco, in which, unknowingly, one of the names that will give more depth and less artifice to contemporary flamenco is growing. That’s the curd placenta where the girl is raised. Until everything changes.
The parents return to Spain. And Eva, at 8 years old, abandons that pure solemnity of her happy childhood. Paco and Maricarmen are the parents, but it is a world unknown to Eva that takes her away from the essence in which she has lived. Her mother is a hairdresser, and she grabs the brushes to sing, and to play to be an artist, is her aunt Encarnita, the one who lifts the bird “this girl has art”. Encarnita is the light, of the backlight, in which Eva lives. modern in the best sense of the word, not as a copy, but as an authentic feature, advanced in time, in the haircut, in the way of dressing, in makeup … Aunt Encarnita was different from the eyes of the girl who loves her Only 2 years later, when Eva is only 11, she says goodbye to her and suddenly finds herself with death. The brutality of the death of youth, not towards maturity, but towards disappearance, then, because it has never ceased to be a presence. Like your grandmother’s. From an epic and incomprehensible fortress, the grandmother knows another more brutal farewell, and the sadness grows naturally, like all things in life, like a garlic, or a Cotan cabbage, a deep and permanent component, in a timid but playful girl who evades and learns to live, imagining.
But the desire of the aunt is fulfilled and Eva, with an immense family effort, begins to teach flamenco. Buy cassette tapes from Paquera de Jeréz, by Rocío Jurado, by María Jimenez, in an eclecticism that, without knowing it, is finding individuals that meant “something” in something that might seem entertainment in some cases, but that was, always , deep river. The first school is in the garage of a house in Ogíjares, Adela – the echo says – A table, a crystal – the memiria is treacherous -, Step by Seville, with Maruja Limón 2 months, which were two lives-, Paco works miracles for Eva to continue studying, with 11, with 12, summers. Calle San Antón, the school of the Berdonet sisters, Pepita !, Bus, first with Maricarmen, with the mother, then already, alone. Everything is already accelerated, A year and a half very fruitful, “I caught it – what I liked – and advanced more than the account, “A bad experience -” one of those that one follows or fights. “- Formed his own company in 1998, with only 28 years. Since then he has choreographed a dozen shows awarded with different prizes. Eva has traveled all over the world with his Company. First Flamenco company invited to perform at the Sydney Opera House, she has also performed at the Teatro de la Villa in Paris, at Sadler’s Wells and Barbicane in London, at the City Center in New York, at the Dusseldorf Opera, the Municipal Theater of San Pablo … the Opera of Dubai, and in the main theaters of the United States, Chile, New Delhi, Lima, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai … The work of Yerbabuena drinks from the teachings of teachers such as: Enrique “El Canastero “, Angustillas” La Mona “, Mariquilla, Mario Maya and Juan García, who taught her choreography and movement in Cuba. She has made guest appearances for artists such as Mario Maya, Enrique Morente, Merche Esmerelda, Manolete, Javier Latorre and Joaquin Cuts. At the 1999 Bienal he danced with Carolyn Carlson, a piece for the Venice Biennale. In 2001, he was invited by Pina Bausch – who would later be joined by a deep friendship – to dance in Wuppertal (Germany) with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Marie- Claude Pietragalla and Ana Laguna. Since then, Eva performed annually in Wuppertal until the death of the choreographer with whom she was joined by a deep friendship. In 1996 she made her first appearance in Flamenco Women, a documentary directed by Mike Figgis. He returned to work with the director at Hotel (2001). In 2008 he performed at the Teatro Español, together with Miguel Poveda and Concha Buika, at the Homage Gala to Pedro Almodova. In 2010, he worked with Saura on the film “Flamenco”. One year of absence for her second motherhood, Eva Yerbabuena, returned with different performances in November 2012 and after closing the festival in Jerez in 2013 she presented her show AY! at the X Flamenco Festival in London, which he returned with Apariencias for four consecutive performances in 2017.