International Festival of Contemporary Iberian Dance in México
By Jessica Teruel
One of the most beautiful cities of Mexico, Querétaro, will become the capital of Andalusian dance this month. The festival returns for the fifth year, bringing a variety of options for learning, appreciation, and an approach to art through dance.
International Festival of Contemporary Iberian Dance
Sat, Jul 11- Sat, Jul 25
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It will be bursting with world-class talent; the roster of bailaores and bailaoras who will perform and teach courses includes Cristóbal Reyes, Merche Esmeralda, Farruquito, Juan Paredes, María Juncal, Pastora Galván, Manuel Liñán, Fuensanta la Moneta, Eduardo Guerrero, and Leonor Leal will perform. In addition, guitar players Niño de Pura and Román Vicenti.
Spanish dance will share the stage with other dance disciplines such as classical, contemporary, folklore, and bolero, as well as the participation of dance companies such as Iberica de Danza, directed by Manuel Segovia, and Taller Coreográfico Larreal of the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Mariemma of Madrid.
The International Festival of Contemporary Iberian Dance began as the initiative of Proart Center in 2007 under the general direction of Lic. Adriana María Covarrubias Herrera to create a space for professional and artistic exchange through the development of Hispanic Iberian dance.
From Saturday, July 11, to Saturday, July 25, there will be a wide range of events and shows of the highest artistic and technical quality: the meeting of academies, six galas, a gastronomic display, a fashion parade, art exhibits, peñas flamencas, callejoneada, and a film festival for all audiences. The festival provides a wide exchange among artists, professors, students, and lovers of dance. The festival believes in the creation of a conscience and formation of human beings committed to society through art.
The festival offers much to participants and audiences:
1. International workshops, including, master classes and conferences given by world-class dance experts and professionals;
2. An international dance forum with prominent Spanish dancers, as well as classical, contemporary, and other dance disciplines presenting world-class shows in theaters and stages throughout Querétaro;
3. Meetings of choreographic groups and dance academies, with an opportunity for the dance groups and academies of Mexico and other countries to present proposals to introduce new talent and provide scholarships to prestigious dance academies in Spain and Mexico; and
4. Dance interdiscipline: an approach to dance through different cultural manifestations, such as the plastic arts, film, gastronomy, and fashion.