Next April 4. at 8:00 pm, the Great Flamenco Gala is held at the Palau de la Música catalana (Barcelona). Karen Lugo & José Maldonado they are the protagonists of a show where the public will travel through the different styles of flamenco. The gala has the musical direction and guitar of Juan Gómez “Chicuelo”, who got a Goya for the best original song (the bulería “I can’t find you”) and is one of the most relevant guitarists on the current flamenco scene.
Presenting the new generation of Catalan artists, Gran Gala Flamenco offers the perfect union between heart and soul, music and dance, passion and rhythm.
Palos like La Farruca, with a choreography that Jose Maldonado mounted for the Córdoba national competition, where he is inspired by artists such as Antonio Gades, Tomas of Madrid and Mario Maya. A style that is somehow in disuse within Flamenco; a reinterpretation of the man-on-a-stick dance where the aesthetics, lines, shapes, and geometry of the body are played with, and with the contrast of both starting speed, rhythm and the most lyrical parts; a counterpoint to something very sober and very lyrical with great force.
You can also enjoy “La Caña”. A dance with both, with Karen Lungo and José Maldonado, a symbiosis of two bodies that at times form one, at other times they take very different roles, but they are always in contact and complement each other both in their energy and in their movement. There are two bodies at stake, in short, two bodies seeking to be one.
The cane is one more proof of the synergy that is created naturally when working between Karen Lungo and Jose Maldonado. The arrangement of both creates the optimal environment for something that goes beyond them as individuals to manifest. Together they are something more.
The vidalita embodies the way of Karen lungo of relating to romantic love. The fan stops being a simple object and becomes a subject that interacts with it. They complement each other. Together they show that fear mixed with curiosity that manifests itself at the beginning of a relationship, that later game, those moments of difficulty and that farewell that, beyond leaving a void, transforms you.