Israel Galván, who has been called the Nijinsky of flamenco, will perform his premier solo in the United States in the unique and intimate setting of the Hispanic Society's Audubon Terrace. Renowned for his unbridled originality and virtuosity, Galván updates classic flamenco, infusing it with a thoroughly unexpected contemporary twist and proffering a rare and illuminating experience.
Born into flamenco, Israel Galván grew up learning from and dancing with his father, José Galvan, and his mother, Eugenia de los Reyes. In 1994 he joined the Compañia Andaluza de Danza directed by Mario Maya, and over the next decade won nearly every top flamenco prize, including the Giradillo prize at Seville's flamenco biennial and the Flamenco Hoy critics' award for best dancer of the year, which he received in both 2001 and 2005. In 1998 he formed his own company to create his first work Mira Los Zapatos Rojos. Since then, Galván has created increasingly risky works, such as Metamorphosis (his version of Kafka's novel), the dramatic and surprising Arena (based on bull fighting), and Tabula Rasa, which turns over the canon to offer a conceptualist and baroque flamenco. Galván has collaborated with both classic flamenco artists, including Fernando Terremoto, Inés Bacan, as well as contemporary flamenco innovators, including Enrique Morente, Gerardo Núñez, Miguel Poveda, Diego Carrasco, Diego Amador, and Alfredo Lagos.