The Festival de Jerez is the foremost Flamenco and Spanish Dance Festival in the world. In 2021, it celebrates its landmark 25th edition, making it one of the longest-running festivals of its kind, but this year, the Festival de Jerez faces a new, unprecedented challenge.
With the COVID-19 global pandemic still looming large, rather than cancelling this year’s edition, the festival administration made the brave decision to reduce the number of productions it normally presents and move this year’s edition from its usual dates in February and March to May. Even so, to keep artists, festival staff and audience members safe, festival performances will be sold only to 50% theatre capacity. Plus, the large international contingent that normally floods the Spanish city of Jerez de la Frontera to attend the festival’s dance courses and performances will sadly be missing due to travel restrictions.
However, if flamenco and Spanish dance students and fans can’t come to the historic Villamarta Theatre, Third Row will bring the performances at the Villamarta to a global audience through a collection of festival live streams. Because of the pandemic, many of the performances that have been selected for streaming likely will not be able to tour as widely as they deserve, but this collaboration between the Festival de Jerez and Third Row presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of Spain’s finest and most lauded performers and their newest masterworks from the comfort and safety of home, no matter where on Earth that home is located.
With Debajo de los pies [Under Your Feet], Eduardo Guerrero invites you to participate in his universe. All of the fundamental preoccupations that we contemplate comprise the imagination of this project. From a personal point of view, he attempts to construct a universal narrative in constant dialog with his team.
In Debajo de los pies, a world exists in which tradition and innovation go hand in hand. On the stage, there’s a subtle landscape filled with innumerable nuances that connect that which is nearby to that which is farthest away. The audience is invited to rest its eyes on a vast scale of shapes, volumes, bodies full of foreboding.
Without a doubt, this is a piece that marks a new phase in Eduardo Guerrero’s career.
Eduardo Guerrero González (1983, Cádiz) began dancing at just six-years-old. It is in Cádiz that he lays the foundations of his dance and later continues his training further afoot with teachers that include Mario Maya, Antonio Canales, Manolo Marín and Chiqui de Jerez. He studies Spanish dance at the Cádiz Conservatory of Dance and continues his studies in contemporary dance with David Greenall and classical dance with Montserrat Marín.
In 2002, he begins working with such important national companies as those of Aida Gómez, Eva La Yerbabuena and Rocío Molina. It’s in 2011 when Guerrero wins First Prize at the Professional Conservatories’ Choreography Competition and begins his solo career. Since then, he has created the following productions: Suite Flamenca (2011); De Dolores (2012); Las Minas (2013); Re-torno (2014); El Callejón de los Pecados (2014); Desplante (2015); A Solo Piece for a Flamenco Dancer (2016); Guerrero (2017); Faro (2017); and Sombra Efímera (2018).
Among the many awards that endorse his fruitful career, it is important to mention First Prize for Dance at the prestigious Festival de Las Minas de la Unión in 2013, which consecrates his success as a flamenco dancer and choreographer. In 2017, his show Guerrero wins the Audience Prize at the Festival de Jerez.
Currently, Eduardo combines touring with the creation of new production with artistic director Mateo Feijoo (current director of the Matadero de Madrid). It involves a long process of artistic research that has resulted in a trilogy of performances that begin with A Solo Piece for a Flamenco Dancer, 2016 in Amsterdam, then Sombra Efímera, which premieres at the Seville Flamenco Biennial in 2018 and which will conclude with the presentation of the third and most ambitious work Debajo de los Pies.
Fernando Jiménez presents the world premiere of his second solo show Transiciones [Transitions] accompanied by some of Jerez’s finest musicians and two flamenco titans: dancer Pastora Galván and singer and guitarist José Gálvez.
Jiménez drinks from the fountain of tradition, performing the natural and authentic flamenco dance that lives in the patios of the historic neighborhood of Santiago in Jerez. In his latest work, Transiciones [Transitions], Jimenez explored the movement that defines flamenco, reflecting on how each stage of life signifies a change. This is where one finds growth, both personal and professional. During life’s most difficult moments, one learns from a place of resilience.
Fernando Jiménez is a flamenco dancer from Jerez de la Frontera, born in 1988 to a gypsy family from the historic neighborhood of Santiago. He is a direct descendent of Tía Anica la Piriñaca and José Vargas “El Mono.” He begins dancing flamenco naturally and spontaneously at family parties.
Fernando soon realizes that he wants to dedicate himself professionally to flamenco dance and joins the artistic ensemble at the tablao La Taberna Flamenca, where he performs until its sudden closure. His particularly masculine style with a focus on footwork and hand movement takes him across Spain to perform and makes him a regular in Japan thanks to the popularity of his classes and performances. He performs on a tour of the United States with Pedro Garrido “Niño de la Fragua” and Ismael Heredia. And he dances numerous times at Jerez’s historic Villamarta Theatre since his debut there in 2002 as a member of the ensemble cast of “Enamorarse en Jerez.” He also performs around the world with artists such as Pansequito, Aurora Vargas, Rancapino Chico, La Macanita and Tía Juana la del Pipa.
In 2019, he performs his first solo work at the Festival de Jerez, sharing the evening with another dancer from Jerez, Yessica Brea. In 2020, he participates in the ‘de Peña en Peña’ series of the Festival de Jerez, for which he is awarded the Breakout Artist Prize and asked to premiere his second solo work Transiciones at the 2021 edition of the festival.
“Frente al Silencio” [In Front of Silence] is an attempt to break the complicit silence that underpins the barbarity human beings are capable of inflicting on one another. Félix Grande was able to break this silence with his poem “La Cabellera de la Shoá” [Shoah’s Hair]. This work lays bare the horror of Auschwitz – the poet’s fragmented language revealing his truth.
Elimination, dehumanization, contempt, and terror – but also reflection, condemnation, and the search for a language capable of narrating the turmoil – all of these elements are an attempt to be one yet more echo of Grande’s poem.
Dancer and choreographer. Granada 1984. She began her dance training as a child at the schools of Carmen Mari and Mariquilla in Granada. She made her professional debut in Madrid with the guitarist Juan Marote, resulting in the magazine Alma 100 publishing an extensive cover story dubbing her the most important flamenco dancer born in the 1980’s.
In 2003, she won the “El Desplante” Prize at the National Competition La Unión. From then on Fuensanta la Moneta has danced in the most prestigious flamenco festivals and theatres in Europe, Asia and America.
While dancing in Javier Latorre’s company, she participated in the performances “Triana, en el nombre de la Rosa” and “Rinconete y Cortadillo,” and she performed in the film by Álvaro Begines “Por qué se frotan las patitas.”
Join us for the full series of events in the Jerez Festival in this Jerez Festival bundle ticket. This bundle includes access to the five live performances plus extended on demand access. Events in this bundle include the 25th Anniversary performance by the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía, Ángel Rojas Flamenco Dance Project in Ya no Seremos, Eduardo Gerrero in Debajo de los Pies, Fernando Jiménez with Pastora Galván in Transiciones, and La Moneta in Frente al Silencio. See ticketing pages for more information about each show.