This coming week, the annual Madridanza festival will kick off at the Suzanne
Dellal Center in Tel Aviv. Placed within the program of the center’s Hot Dance
Festival, Madridanza brings the best and brightest Spanish performances to
Israeli audiences. Every season, the festival is met with a buzz of excitement,
which can be perceived in sold-out shows night after night, leaving no doubt
that flamenco is a local favorite. As flamenco dance and song are hard to
separate, the festival brings both singers and dancers to the stage in a over a
week’s worth of dramatic, uptempo performances.
edition brings three major productions to Israel: Titanium by flamenco bad boys
Rojas and Rodriguez; The Way to Sing Flamenco by lawyer turned singer Maria
Toledo; and Adali by Spanish Dance Company Aida Gomez.
“Adali” is the
Gypsy name for Madrid. In this piece, Gomez explores classical as well as
unconventional themes in flamenco and Spanish dance. Gomez is a technically
trained performer, and her long limbs bring a regal touch to each scene. For
this work, Gomez is joined on stage by fellow star dancers Christian Lozano and
Eduardo Guerrero, as well as nine musicians. Lozano and Guerrero served as
choreographic partners to Gomez throughout the three-month creative process for
this, her latest work.
Gomez is a well-known figure in Spain, having
served as artistic director of the Spanish National Ballet for 13 years. She was
the youngest artist to ever hold the prestigious post. Prior to taking on
the position, Gomez was the prima ballerina of the troupe. She has
performed countless times in Europe, North America and in Israel. In
2001, she broke away from the Spanish National Ballet to pursue her own,
In a recent interview with The Jerusalem Post, she
explained that the move was propelled by a desire to reach “artistic maturity.”
To Gomez, flamenco is much more than a dance or singing style. “To me,” she
said, “flamenco is a way of life, a philosophy.”
Since leaving the
Spanish National Ballet, Gomez has collaborated with a number of renowned
artists, such as Carlos Saura. Her previous productions include Salome, Duendes
(Fairies) and Sueños (Dreams).
Celebrated flutist Juan Parrilla composed
the music for Adali.
“The inspiration for Adali came from a feeling that
I wanted to do a project with music by Parrilla,” Gomez said.: “Then there are
the two amazing dancers, Lozano and Guerrero. We’ve worked together for so long.
I wanted to show the world good Spanish dance with quality and soul. It has been
In Adali, Gomez moves between classical Spanish images and
contemporary ones. At times, clad in the familiar flowing dress, fringed shawl
and thick-heeled shoes, Gomez stomps around the stage with stark precision. At
other times, she is hoisted into the air by Guerrero and Lozano while barefoot
and in undergarments. And, of course, the nine musicians of Adali enjoy many
moments in the spotlight.
This will be Gomez’s second tour to Israel, but
the first with her troupe. “I visited Israel to perform at Suzanne Dellal in
2010. I am very excited to return, this time with my company,” she
Adali will close the Madridanza festival on July 21 and 22 at the
Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv. For more information, visit