Rome becomes the capital of the castanets. From 10 to 20 January, at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, the Festival of Spanish dance and flamenco returns, bringing the latest trends in Iberian dance to Italy, starting from its principal popular expression.
The event, now at its second edition, will become a regular annual event. For Roger Salas, artistic director of the Auditorium, this will “make it possible to create more organic programming and show, in detail, the many-faceted current aspects of this art.”
The planned shows include the premiere of the Déjà Vu project on Friday 11 January, with Belén Maya on stage, the dancer and choreographer from Seville, and Mayte Martín, the Catalan singer. The following day will see the concert by guitarist Antonia Jiménez with his female ensemble.
Cinema also features with a season providing an overview of the evolution of flamenco and with the big screen featuring icons such as Antonio Ruiz Soler, Carmen Amaya and Antonio Gades.
Sunday 13 January you should not miss the young dancer El Yiyo who, with his brother El Tete, is considered one of the best male flamenco dancers. The day of Thursday 17 January is dedicated to talents under the age of 34 who are bringing fresh vitality to the sector, and on Saturday 19 January, the Jesús Carmona company presents the choreographic show Ímpetu’s.
Last but not least, Sunday 20 January, the Falla 3.0 concert of the Camerata Flamenco Project, in which the timeless music of Manual Falla is modernised with great respect and creativity.
In Rome, loves and myths as seen by Ovid
At the Scuderie del Quirinale, until 20 January, an exhibition focusses on the Latin poet who was exiled by Augustus, with masterpieces of ancient art and memorable verse
The Opera di Roma, the new ballet season
The opening is on 28 December with Swan Lake. The director of the ballet company, Eleonora Abbagnato, talks about the 2019 programme