Israel Galván is a rock star of flamenco: “a dance-marvel” and “a genius in a category of his own” as various critics have called him. Born into a great Andalusian flamenco family, it’s in his sinews, but he’s no traditionalist as the title of his show FLA.CO.MEN attests.

Described as “a concerto for dancer and six musicians”, FLA.CO.MEN deconstructs the centuries-old artform, both celebrating and poking fun at its machismo and traditions. “A natural chameleon on stage, [Galván] is able to shift exquisite gear from toreador machismo to an elegant ironic jokiness or moments of delicate, inward grace,” said The Guardian in its review of the 2017 London season of the show.

Israel Galvan, FLA.CO.MEN, Adelaide FestivalIsrael Galván. Photo © Luis Castilla Fotografia

“There is a division of opinions about my work: some say that my work is not flamenco and others say that...

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