Cultural

Eva Yerbabuena: “Lluvia” (Rain)
Badminton Theater |

To take this silent journey I close my eyes and ears without fear, breathing in memories as I diver deeper to fathom a past where I can shed my feelings and allow memories to surface in the here and now.

 Eva Yerbabuena

 

 

Rain

Because sometimes I talk when I might have stayed quiet.

Sometimes I seal up my ears.

Sometimes I am drawn to cross the threshold of the imagination’s real yet magical world.

Eva Yerbabuena

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Her mouth, laden with melancholy, was bound to a mundane landscape below skies sketched by her feet.

Sometimes I talk when I might have stayed quiet.

Sometimes I seal up my ears to remind myself there is no truth in the proverb, Ojos que no‘Out of sight, the heart is not hurt.’

ven, corazon que no siente.

Intuition draws us towards the land of imagination.

Rain

Will Rain discomfort those who believe they know me? Perhaps. We find it easier to define

others than ourselves. But Rain defines my origins.

They lie in love’s purest solitude. I do not mean the marvels of love, but that through

which we discover parts of ourselves we never knew existed. I mean the self we find

through the melancholy and pain provoked by others’ indifference to our love.

Should we lament that? I think not. Suffering, I am sure, is a step towards finding oneself.

So this performance is a homage to the melancholy and indifference of desamor – lack of

love – and, despite its sense of endless moments, to life itself.

What better to evoke those endless moments than the inner voice of a guitar, which draws

us suggestively along until three voices take us into flamenco songforms of other eras:

Murciana, Levantica, Taranto, Taranta, Milonga, Tanguillos, Romeras, Soleá and Cuplé. I

needed to choreograph these songforms.

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What the Critics Say

 ….‘Yerbabuena shapes spatial poetry with music and words which spill from her imagination

… we sink into flamenco’s magic. Splinters of glass fall, a garden of emotions flower. Some

of the audience were moved to tears. Exceptional.’

Manuel Martín Martín, El Mundo, 28th February 2009

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‘Yerbabuena gives an exemplary lesson. Superb.’

Angeles Castellano, El País, 6th March 2009

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‘Perfect torment and ecstasy. Granada-born flamenco dancer Yerbabuena, a slight figure

on stage, treads a line between Bausch at her most abstract and conceptual and

Baryshnikov at his most daring. The work’s emotional freshness, for all its beauty and

precisely measured polish, never lacks tension, sense or emotion.’

Francisco Sánchez Múgica, Diario de Jerez, 1st March 2009

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‘She has reached the pinnacle of her art…. Her soleá is a dance for the annals: it reveals

mastery, a deep understanding of flamenco’s aesthetic, her full artistic personality. On the

night of this review she rounded off her soleá por bulerías with resounding depth and grace.

Rightly she received a resounding ovation. Of flamenco tricks or special effects there are

none. Her dance alone is more than enough to evoke a flamenco apotheosis.’

Manuel Ríos Ruiz, ABC, 6th March 2009

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‘… Eva Yerbabuena floods the theatre with emotions as she dances, as if drunk with

melancholy.’Público

‘What transcends is Eva Yerbabuena’s genius as a bailaora. She finds new depths within

herself and transforms herself while keeping her own personality …. After an extraordinary

performance she walked barefoot down the aisle between the theatre’s stalls, her gaze lost

in the distance, as tremendous applause from a deeply moved audience broke around her.’

Silvia Calado, Flamenco World, [fecha 2009]

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‘Her command, using dance as a tool for self-expression, is based on an extraordinary

control of her body she has taught the company’s dancers, whom she converts into an

extension of self. In the silence that “cuts us to the quick when pure”, she breaks with pain

to perform an extraordinary range of danceforms, always responding to the song. Eva

distilled.’

Fermín Lobatón, El País, 1st March 2009

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source: www.evayerbabuena.com

 Eva Yerbabuena
   Ballet Flamenco
   15 – 16/1/ 2011

Badminton Theater

Olympic Properties

 Alsos Stratou,  GOUDI

nearest metro station: Katehaki

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