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Carmen: Flamenco Cabaret

Carmen: Flamenco Cabaret

  • Date: Saturday, September 25
  • Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Price: £20 – £48
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Event Description

A collaboration between Juan Carlos Otero & Carmen Igarza (with guitar by Jaime Florez and projection by Susana Bort).

CARMEN was inspired by a series of conversations about Carmen from Bizet’s opera, and what the archetype says about Andalucia, Spain, life, love, sex, class, flamenco and feminist ideology.

The show combines live performance, projection and digital sound and unfolds as a series of duets between Carmen’s ghost and Don José. Has she come to take her revenge or does she just need him to hear her side of the story?

“Carmen: Flamenco Cabaret” 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 50 minutes with an intermission of 20 minutes).

The artists:
Carlos Otero
Graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, producing conceptual video, sound and performance, his main artistic output for the past two decades has been as a flamenco dancer and choreographer. His practice has evolved around the dichotomies of his dual nationality/ cultural identity (Spain-England) and the split between his background in traditional culture and his education in contemporary art. He specialises in tablao or pure flamenco, an improvised form where the live dance is coded to suggest changes in structure, mood and tempo. His strong improvisational dance skills have facilitated many collaborations with folk, latin, jazz, pop and classical musicians as well as theatre productions.  Over the last 5 years his practice has edged towards experimental theatre. He was a core deviser, producer and performer in Don Quijote and more recently Republica, a flamenco/ punk piece, on tour up until 2020. Both works employ all his skills in incorporating dance and music fusion into theatrical performance, where he has been exploring the inherent discordance between global culture and work that is culturally specific. He has been experimenting with the concept of authenticity in particular, testing its value in both arenas.
Carmen Igarza
Carmen has been living in London for more than 20 years. As a dancer, she has performed around the UK with Alma Flamenca Company, touring major theatres including The Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Hippodrome, Dublin Opera House and the Lowry Centre. She performs regularly at events and tablaos in London, including Ronnie Scott’s and is currently working with a number ocf dance companies as well as teaching. She likes to combine very traditional Flamenco with a modern interpretation influenced by other dance styles and music, but deeply rooted in the Flamenco tradition.

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. Bookings here.

* 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.

Who's Attending

3 people are attending Carmen: Flamenco Cabaret

  • Martine Kelly
  • Andrew Brook
  • kell farshea


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