The XIX Bienal, from September 8th until October 2nd

Its program offers 70 rendez-vous for 66 different shows, in 25 days to enjoy flamenco from the morning until late at night.

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All the different flamenco generations, featured on a festival that will be opened by 2014 Giraldillo a la Maestría award, Rafael Riqueni, featuring an impressive line-up of guest stars, and will be closed by José Mercé’s “Antología del cante flamenco”, accompanied by Tomatito, Pepe Habichuela and Manuel Parrilla, both nights hosted by Teatro de la Maestranza.

The Literary Proclamation comes back to la Bienal after 12 years of absence, the very first day, September the 8th; the other news being the incorporation of the church of San Luis de los Franceses to the list of official venues.

The tickets for this Bienal, an edition for everyone, participative and also focused on integration, will be on sale on Monday February 15th., on Teatro Lope de Vega box offices but also online through la Bienal and General Tickets websites.

This morning, the Dormitorio Alto of Espacio Santa Clara, headquarters for la Bienal de Flamenco, hosted the presentation of the XIX Bienal de Flamenco’s full schedule, a rendez-vous that will open the “Cultural Autumn” of Seville, hosted by various venus throughout the city, from September 8th to October 2nd. Represented by an image created by painter Ricardo Cadenas (Sevilla, 1960), a piece that “makes la Bienal dance”, as stated by Director Cristóbal Ortega, this XIX edition has been conceived as and open and participative festival that will bring flamenco to every corner of the city. In 2016, la Bienal will include the best of cante, baile and toque, with renowned artists, artists that recently found their maturity and, of course, young talents.

La Bienal will reach every corner of Seville, with shows hosted by the biggest venues of the city but also by places of great historic and cultural heritage value and, due to the nice weather, even on the streets. All the big theaters, Teatro Lope de Vega, Teatro de la Maestranza, Teatro Central and Teatro Alameda, will open their seasons with flamenco, and iconic places such as Real Alcázar, Santa Clara’s Convent and the church of San Luis de los Franceses, recently announced as a new venue, will be transformed to host flamenco from early in the morning until late in the evening, with the nights at Hotel Triana as the perfect closure.

The opening, just a day after the Literary Proclamation, will be hosted on September 9th by Teatro de la Maestranza: “Las campanas de Santa Ana”, a show that leads Rafael Riqueni, accompanied by an incredible list of guest artists, featuring Tomatito, Estrella Morente, Carmen Linares, Antonio Canales, Pepe Habichuela, Serranito, Gerardo Núñez, Lole Montoya, José María Gallardo, José de la Tomasa, Belén Maya, Carles Benavent, Manolo Franco, Paco Jarana and José Acedo.

This venue will host some of the greatest artists around: Merche Esmeralda, Milagros Menjíbar, Ana María Bueno, Manolo Marín and José Galván‘s “Bailando una vida” (September 10th), Eva Yerbabuena‘s “Apariencias” (12), Compañía María Pagés‘s “Yo Carmen” (14), Esperanza Fernández and Gonzalo Rubalcaba‘s “¡Oh vida!” (16), Vicente Amigo (17), Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía‘s “Tierra Lorca. Cancionero popular” (19), Farruquito‘s “Baile moreno” (24), “Dju-Dju”, a show created by Israel Galván for Isabel Bayón (26) or “Zaguán y Alento”, a collaboration between la Bienal and Ministerio de Cultura that gathers Ballet Nacional de España and Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla (29 and 30). Also, it will host this XIX edition’s final show, on Sunday October 2nd, with José Mercé‘s “Antología del cante flamenco” accompanied by Tomatito, Pepe Habichuela and Manuel Parrilla. All these shows will start at 20:30h.

Another iconic venue, Teatro Lope de Vega, will host Antonio el Pipa‘s “Gallardía” (September 11th), a Tomatito’s show with the collaboration of Jorge Pardo (13), David Palomar‘s “Denominación de origen” (15), the show “De Sevilla a Cádiz (1969-2016)”, where Juan Peña “El Lebrijano”, Giraldillo Ciudad de Sevilla in 2014, directs cantaor José Valencia, with guest star Pastora Galván on baile (18), Javier Barón, Rafael Campallo and Alberto Sellés‘ “Inmanencia” (20), Antonio Canales‘s “Trianero” (25), Antonio Reyes and Diego de Morao‘s “Directo” (27), Pastora Galván‘s “Mírame” (28), Patricia Guerrero‘s “Catedral” (30) and Marina Heredia‘s “Contra las cuerdas” (October the first). All these shows will start at 20:30h.

Teatro Central, a venue awarded in 2014 with a Premio MAX for its Contribution to Performing Arts, the same award given to la Bienal last year, will host on the nights, at 23h., Andrés Marín‘s “Carta Blanca” (11), Úrsula López, Tamara López and Leonor Leal‘s “J.R.T., sobre Julio Romero de Torres, pintor y flamenco” (13), Jesús Méndez (14), Estévez / Paños y Compañía‘s “Bailables” (18), the show of Gerardo Núñez accompanied by the Flamenco Big Band (20), Compañía Antonio Molina “El Choro”‘s “Aviso: Bayles de Jitanos” (21), Olga Pericet‘s “Pisadas. Fin y principio de mujer” (23), a Miguel Ángel Cortés show, accompanied by bailaora Ana Morales (24), Anabel Veloso‘s “Secreto a voces” (27), Pedro “El Granaíno” and Alonso Núñez “Rancapino Chico”‘s “Se funden los metales” (28) and a stunning four-hour improvisation by Rocío Molina (October the first).

Teatro Alameda will host the young talents on the evenings, at 19h.: José Enrique Morente (September 10th), Cristian Guerrero (11) and the Gala with the winners of the VI Certamen Andaluz de Jóvenes Flamencos, a contest organized by IAJ (17).

Espacio Santa Clara will host, on its cloisters and every night at 23h.: Melchora Ortega, Samuel Serrano, José Mª Cáceres and Saray de los Reyes‘s “Son de peñas” (September 10th), the Utrera-born artists El Cuchara, Chacho Diego, Josefita del Vereo, José de la Buena, Enrique Montoya, Gaspar del Perrate, Joselito Chico and Mercedes del Pajarilla on cante, Mari del Vereo, Manuel Requelo and Ana la Turronera on baile, Pitín de Utrera and Pitín Hijo on toque and Luis Núñez, Jesús de la Buena and Gaspar de la Teresa on palmas in “Yo Vengo de Utrera” (12), Manuel Valencia‘s “Entre mis manos” (19), El Barullo‘s “Akharipen (origen)” (22), Pepe Habichuela‘s “La guitarra de Pepe Habichuela. La alternativa”, with Rafita de Madrid, Juan Carmona and Alba Heredia (25), José de la Tomasa and Gabriel de la Tomasa‘s “Cantándole a la Alameda” (26), Juan Carlos Romero‘s “Qué más da” (29) and Vicente Soto “Sordera”, Enrique Soto, Lela Soto, José Soto “Sorderita”, Maloko Soto, Manuel Valencia, Miguel Salado, Nono Jero and Manu Soto’s “La casa de los Sordera: ortodoxia y vanguardia” (30).

The church of San Luis de los Franceses will host “DIÁLOGOS de viejos y nuevos sones”, a show where cantaora Rocío Márquez and ‘early music’ artist Fahmi Alqhai, get together, on September 11, 18 and 24th and October 2nd, every day at noon. Also, this place will host on the evenings, from Monday until Friday at 19h: Dolores Agujetas (September 12th), Diego Villegas‘s “Bajo de Guía”, accompanied by Javier Ruibal (13), Juana la Tobala (14), Laura Vital (15), Jesús Guerrero‘s “Calma” (16), Perico el Pañero (19), Rycardo Moreno‘s “Varekai” (20), Ezequiel Benítez‘s “Quimeras del tiempo” (21), María Terremoto (22), Manuel Cuevas (23), Jaime Heredia “El Parrón”‘s “Carbón de fragua” (26), Antonio Moreno‘s “Al golpe” (27), Rafael de Utrera (28), Juan Requena (29) and Manuel Moneo (30).

As in previous editions, Hotel Triana will be the place for enjoying other territories, late at night beginning at 23h., with: Lole Montoya, Gritos de Guerra, Emilio Caracafé, Herminia Borja, Bobote, Torombo, Guillermo Manzano, Mari Vizárraga, Joselito Acedo, La Toromba, Paco Vega, Joaquina Amaya and Carmen Amaya‘s “Alalá”, a collaboration with “Factoría Cultural” that brings to Triana the art of the neighborhood of Las Tres Mil Viviendas (September 15th), Juan Requena, Simón Román, Virginia Gámez, Luisa Palicio, Fran Vinuesa, Antonio Luque “Canito” and Ramón Martínez’s “Málaga”, with Carrete de Málaga as guest artist (16), and Capullo de Jerez, Juana la del Pipa, Antonio Agujetas, Tomás Rubichi, Niño Jero, Domingo Rubichi, Jesús Flores, El Tequila, Jesús del Berza and El Bó’s “Jerez, palo cortado” (17).

The iconic Real Alcázar will also be featured on this Bienal, September from 21 to 23rd, with Dani de Morón, Israel Galván, Arcángel, Rocío Márquez, Pitingo, Jesús Méndez and Duquende‘s “21”, “Canción andaluza de Paco de Lucía. Noche Universal de Flamenco”, with Juan Carmona, Josemi Carmona, José Mª Banderas, Parrita, Lole Montoya and Lucky Losada, and Dorantes with the Taksim Trio, respectively. All shows start at 21:30h.

La Bienal will offer a full experience, with flamenco art to be enjoyed all day, from the morning until late at night, on every corner of the city. Also, this edition, open and participative, will announce a lot of parallel activities that aim to create new publics (for example with the successful La Bienal Goes to School initiative), honor our elders (Flamenco Schools for Elders) and integrate people with special needs.

The tickets will be on sale on February 15th, at Teatro Lope de Vega box offices but also online on Bienal and General Tickets websites. More information about it very soon.