The Agencia Andaluza de Instituciones Culturales [Andalusia Agency of Cultural Institutions], in collaboration with the Patronato de la Alhambra y el Generalife [Alhambra and Generalife Trust], have presented the “Lorca and Granada Festival in the Generalife Gardens” programme since 2002; after 21 years, it remains one of the main highlights of the cultural summer in Andalusia.
PICASSO AND DANCE, AN ENCOUNTER WITH LORCA IN GRANADA
The stage proposal at the forefront of this year’s cycle is a show that encapsulates the way three geniuses understood dance: Lorca, Picasso, and Saura.
Under the artistic direction of Carlos Saura Medrano, and with the choreographic direction of Andrés Martín and the musical direction of Daniel Doura, the show proposes a trip through the experiences and life trajectories of its protagonists. ‘Picasso and Dance, an Encounter with Lorca in Granada’ is the confluence of flamenco, contemporary dance, fine arts, and visual arts in a unique proposal that will delight the audience on festival nights from the 2nd to the 26th of August at the Generalife Theatre.
LORCA, PICASSO, SAURA, DANCE AND GRANADA
Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Federico García Lorca, and Carlos Saura never worked together, but they had a common passion: dance. All three artists portrayed their admiration in their works: whether through painting, with works created for dance companies, or leaving their mark in a different way of showing, perhaps through the camera, the feelings awakened in the human being by dancing. And they would do so in Granada, inspirating muse for artists of different times.
This year, the Generalife stage will celebrate several milestones: it has been half a century since Picasso’s death, and his work will, for the first time, come together with Lorca’s onstage. The talk given by the Granada poet at the end of the nineteen twenties, where he defined the Málaga painter as “one of the most important and influential artists of his time,” is well known. During those years, Lorca and Picasso had another connecting link: Diaghilev’s Russian ballets. For the poet, it was indirectly through the ‘Los Bailes Españoles’ company founded by sisters Pilar and Encarnación López, which he sponsored. For the painter, because he created a visual fiction with which to adorn the Russian’s choreographies, and which will be seen onstage for the first time through the vision of another 20th century genius: Carlos Saura. In a year of commemorations, it is fitting to pay homage to one of the emblematic figures of Spanish culture who, in addition, left us this year with one last wish: to create a unique show where Picasso’s works could ‘dance’.
This wish, finally orchestrated by Carlos Saura Medrano, and brought to the stage by choreographer Andrés Marín, one of the most noteworthy dancers of the contemporary flamenco panorama, will be the main attraction of the 22nd edition of the ‘Lorca and Granada in the Generalife Gardens’ cycle.
PROGRAM OFFICE 'LORCA Y GRANADA EN LOS JARDINES DEL GENERALIFE'.
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