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Vancouver International Dance Festival: La Edad de Oro

Monday, March 10th, 2014 — 1:44pm PDT
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The Vancouver International Dance Festival (“VIDF”) is now underway at various locations around the city until March 29th. The VIDF presents an extraordinary roster of dance artists and creators featuring a diverse wealth of free and paid events. The festival includes such international icons as China’s Guangdong Modern Dance Company and Spain’s flamenco innovator Israel Galván, as well as local favourites Dancers Dancing, Kokoro Dance, the 605 Collective, Goh Ballet, and more.

Photo courtesy of VIDF/Felix Vazquez

To share the creative, inspiring, and colourful experience of the Vancouver International Dance Festival with my readers, I have a pair of tickets to give away for La Edad de Oro (The Golden Age) where cutting edge Flamenco Master Israel Galván will make his Vancouver debut.

Bringing both great subtlety and explosive rhythmic movement to his work, the Seville-born artist is renowned for expressions that honour flamenco’s long lineage and history, while smashing stereotypes and preconceptions common to the form.

Hailing from Seville, Spain, Galván has dedicated a lifetime to exploring and sharing the percussive, passionate form that is flamenco, beginning under the tutelage of his parents, dancers José Galvan and Eugenia de los Reyes.

In Vancouver, he partners with cantor David Lagos and guitarist Alfredo Lagos in La Edad de Oro – a poised, kinetic exploration of the form. The work’s title translates to ‘The Golden Age’ and refers to a period beginning in the late 1800s and running until the 1930s. Historians of the form generally hold that this era represented a peak for flamenco, and that – apart from exceptional cases – no artist today could match the quality, purity, and creativity of practitioners from that age.

In La Edad de Oro, Galván approaches this sentiment in two ways: first, as a gauntlet to be picked up. Second, as an invitation to explore these popular conceptions; applying his unique, contemporary aesthetic to the very roots of flamenco and dancing the ‘golden age’ as though it were a new era.

La Edad de Oro will take place March 22nd and 23rd at 8:00pm at the Vancouver Playhouse and tickets are on sale now for $50 to $60. Here’s how you can enter to win your way in:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 5:00pm on Friday, March 14, 2014. Follow the Vancouver International Dance Festival on Twitter and Facebook for more information about events and shows this month.

Update The winner is Grace!

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  1. Grace says:

    I’d love to see a live flamenco performance!

  2. Jason says:

    Is that the lead singer of Jane’s addiction.

  3. Krissy says:

    Looks great!

  4. Lor says:

    bet that would be an amazing performance!

  5. Ana C. says:

    LOOOOVE Flamenco dance, Hope I get this!

  6. Bryan C says:

    Great looking show!

  7. Rebecca says:

    I have fond memories of watching flamenco dancing in Spain and would love to see it again!

  8. Stotes says:

    This would be a great show to see!

  9. Linda says:

    What a great opportunity. Love to watch dancers of any kind.

  10. Teresa K says:

    I’d love to win.

  11. I take every chance I can to see flamenco, in any country I can :).

  12. Anne says:

    Looks like a great evening!

  13. Bonnie R says:


  14. kay says:

    love dance

  15. Irene says:

    I’ve been taking Flamenco class for a year now and I would love to see this performance.

  16. Sanaz says:

    I’d love to see this performance

  17. Lisa Martin says:

    I so want to see this!

  18. Teresa K says:

    I’d love to win this.

  19. vincent chen says:

    Looks really fun!

  20. Mel Edgar says:

    Dance like nobody’s watching, but put on your leotard like everyone is laughing

  21. Angela says:

    I’d love to go!

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