“Alejandra” is a Flamenco show performed by three exceptional artists, and is based on Spanish composer and guitarist José Almarcha’s latest and most personal project. Guitarist José Almarcha and dancer Lucía Ruibal visit us from Spain to unite forces with London based extraordinary percussionist Demi García Sabat. The name of this unique show is that of Almarcha’s mother, who changed forever his relationship with Flamenco upon her death. This is therefore a very personal and intimate show, that takes us through an inner journey that becomes universal. Music and personal memories are fused in a show that links the tradition and celebration in tangos with the festivities of Las Vinalia (or the grape harvest), the light that filters through the leaves of a lush forest in the seguiriya, or the unmistakable “petricor” smell of wet earth in the guajira. The show pays tribute to artistic references, such as the maestro Basilio Villalta in the toque por levante (cantaor, also from Tomelloso) and to the universal Sabicas in the milonga.
This event is part of our Flamenco Salon Series, that brings hand picked Flamenco or Flamenco inspired pieces, conversations, installations, to an intimate audience keen to appreciate the best of Flamenco in London.
The flow of the event:
7:00pm: doors open
7:30pm: show starts
(the show runs for approximately 70 minutes with an intermission of 30 minutes).
José Almarcha – Guitar
José Almarcha Márquez was born in Tomelloso, (Ciudad Real, Spain), where he began learning the guitar from a very young age. In 2009 he graduated from Conservatorio Superior de Música “Rafael Orozco” in Córdoba, where he studied flamenco guitar with renowned teachers such as Paco Serrano, Manolo Franco and Niño de Pura, among others. He has travelled the world with the best flamenco companies, and has continued to be an active figure in Madrid’s most prestigious tablaos, such as Casa Patas, Corral De La Morería, Café De Chinitas, and Las tablas.
You can explore more about him here.
Lucía Ruibal – Dance
Lucía Ruibal was born in 1990 in El Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz) as part of a family dedicated to music and art. Her father, songwriter Javier Ruibal, had a particular influence in her artistic awakening. Her dance shows the many styles that she experienced in her upbringing. Her beginnings were with classical dance, but at a very early stage she encountered Flamenco, and had the opportunity to train with figures such as “La Lupi” and “Mercedes Ruíz”. Later on she moved to Madrid, where she continued to expand her education with the best maestros, and started dancing in professional dance companies and tablaos. She was the recipient of the “IV Concurso Tablao Villa-Rosa”.
You can explore more about her here.
Demi García Sabat – Percussion
Originally from Barcelona. London based since 1999. Demi studied at the London College of Music and is currently studying through artistworks with jazz legend Peter Erskine. He works as a freelance percussionist and drummer specialising in Flamenco, Jazz, Arabic, Latin, Iberian folk, and pop music.
You can explore more about him here.
Make sure to come hungry and thirsty to enjoy the delicious food and wine of our in house tapas bar, The Tapas Room Battersea (open until 11pm). You can enjoy a meal before or after the show. Please allow yourself at least 1 hour for the meal. Bookings here: https://www.thetapasroom.co.uk/
*If you are booking the workshop as well, you can change in our facilities and enjoy a delicious meal before the show begins!
If you are a Battersea Spanish member, don’t forget to apply your member discount when booking.