The Flamenco Institute of the Junta de Andalucia has pulled out of the fourth edition of the Almeria Dance Festival which has been running this week, sending anger and disappointment among organisers and participants.
The sad announcement was made yesterday (July 8 2015) in a press conference attended by the Indanza president, Tomas de Maria; the Councillor for Culture in Almeria, Ana Martinez Labella; the Deputy for Culture, Antonio Jesus Rodriguez; artists Eva Yerbabuena, Rubén Olmo and David Doña; the director of the Municipal School of Music and Arts, Teo Gómez; and the director of the Conservatorio of Dance in Almería, Maria del Carmen Delgado. All have criticized the last minute decision from the Junta.
This development has caused a major setback in the development of IV Almería Dance Festival, which started last Saturday and enters its final stretch with a flashmob in Almeria city on Friday morning and the closing show, ‘The Temptations of Poe’, on Saturday.
Ana Martinez Labella said: “We all have to paddle in the same direction. It makes no sense that someone should jump off the boat and leave us alone. It would be good if the Institute would offer a convincing explanation.”
Equally critical were the other attendees including international artist Eva Yerbabuena, who has been providing lectures for various dance schools this week. She described the decision as “unfair.”
Rubén Olmo, dancer and creator of the show “The Temptations of Poe”, (to be performed in the Auditorium on Saturday), asserted that “Almería does not deserve this abandonment two days before the festival, without explanation or one that makes sense. We ask the Institute to reconsider. We must support these small initiatives that are moving forward with great effort and much love ” .
Business as usual
Meanwhile, the IV Almería Dance Festival continues its activity, just as it was scheduled. Besides the closing tonight, after 22 hours, of the cycle of ‘Tres a compás’ in the Patio de Luces… Antonio González, Ana Alonso and Inka Diaz, will perform today at the Teatro Apollo – the semifinal of the international competition. The Spanish Dance will start at 12 noon and Flamenco at 6pm. Admission is free.
The grand finale will be on Friday June 10 from 8pm at the Maestro Padilla – again with free admission. The final features guest artists Eduardo Guerrero, Tamara López and Stefano Domit. Both dance categories have prizes of €2,000, €1,000 and €500 euros for the top three finishers, plus Indanza scholarships for courses. The jury will be composed of Rubén Olmo, Daniel Doña, Carmen Delgado and Tomás de María.
Tomorrow (Friday July 10) will be time for a ‘flashmob’ in the forecourt of Mercado Central at 11:30am, directed by Daniel Doña and is a tribute to Paco de Lucia. It is the first time a flashmob has been officially linked to a music festival in Spain, according to the organisers.
The festival closes at 9:30pm on Saturday July 11 with ‘The Temptations of Poe.’ “The show chronicles the last 24 hours of life of Edgar Allan Poe through eight scenes”, explained its creator and star, Rubén Olmo. Tickets are available at www.almeriacultura.com, in Apollo Municipal Theatre box office and in the Auditorium one hour before the start of the performance. They have a single price of €20.
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