"I walked along long roads." 'Gelem, gelem´, gypsy hymn, expresses exodus, persecution, suffering, hope... freedom. Its verses sing a collective history. But the dancer Antonio Molina 'El Choro' (Huelva 1985), 'Revelación' Prize in the Festival of Jerez 2016, makes a personal interpretation. He translates it to the world of flamenco, to his world. "In dance, gypsies have been trapped." And as in that beautiful song, his second show - directed by Manuel Liñán, National Dance Prize - breaks ties. 'Gelem' is his path.


SYNOPSIS

"Gelem, gelem lungone dromensar" ("I walked, I walked along long roads"). 'Gelem, gelem', gypsy hymn, sings of exodus, of the journey, of the persecuted, of suffering, of beauty, of hope... and, in the end, of freedom. Its verses, composed by the Yugoslavian Romani Jarko Jovanovic, sing a collective history. But Antonio Molina 'El Choro' (Huelva 1985) makes a personal interpretation. "The gypsy people have always been trapped, the hymn talks about what we have suffered." He translates it to the world of flamenco, to his world. "In dance too, gypsies have been trapped, limited." And as in that beautiful song, his 'Gelem' ends up breaking ties. "It is something that is shown on stage, but I also show it to myself."

Manuel Liñán (Granada 1980), Artistic Director of 'Gelem', understands that El Choro has set a difficult challenge: self-release. The second solo show by the Huelva artist is, in his opinion, the opening of a "personal path". The Granada dancer and choreographer, National Dance Price 2017, presents the work as a recital without an argument, but with nuances: "El Choro was afraid to tell a story but, throughout the creative process, I realised that he had a story to tell: his." In an intimate, deep sense.

'Gelem' reveals his reflections and also his fears. "For the first time, he is totally exposed alone", says Liñán. "And he dares to do things that are a challenge for him, like the relationship with his race." The dancer, who won the 'Revelación' Prize in the Festival of Jerez 2016 with his debut 'Aviso: bayles de jitanos', dares to dance petenera, guajira and farruca, styles left out of the traditional repertoire of the gypsy dancer. "He is going to separate himself from his habits", assures the director. And, for that, he has allowed himself to look from the outside, he has wanted to get out of himself, to improve himself, to enrich himself.

Valeriano Paños joins the artistic team as guest choreographer. The Cordoba dancer, Deputy Director of the Flamenco Ballet of Andalusia, choreographed the farruca. For the director, it shows that "El Choro isn't closed in a profile, but exposes the obsession that every dance has a different line, to defend it." Liñán himself leaves his choreographic mark in the flashbacks, traces of the gypsy hymn, which marks the dynamic of the script: "It always tries to show its face, but is not allowed to enter until the final liberation."

El Choro has reserved for himself the choreographic conception of the fandangos from Huelva, the petenera, the guajira and the bulerias 'al golpe'. It is the most personal of this path. But never alone. As in all the work he has in those pieces of his - as a soundtrack, as inspiration - music composed by the guitarists Manuel de la Luz and Juan Campallo. They are musical directors along with the singer Jesús Corbacho, one of the voices of the show along with Pepe de Pura, Jonathan Reyes and as special guest, Pedro el Granaino. As in his first work, whose production was also assumed by the Cristina Heeren Foundation, are Paco Vega marking 'compás', Olga Garcia on lighting and Félix Vázquez on sound.

And like this El Choro constructs a story, both his and that of his race, whose chapters take place, between sleep and sleeplessness, in the form of dances: "The farruca is our origin, the birth of a sober people; the fandango, the beginning of our walks in search of a place to live; the petenera is persecution and genocide; the guajira, the achievement of escape, of finding our place, our rest; the soleá is the integration and living in society; and the buleria, the celebration of being united, without reproach, without violence... the happiness." "Opre Rroma isi vaxt akana" (Rise up gypsies! Now is the time!) Rise up, Choro! Now is your moment. 'Gelem' is the path.

Silvia Calado Olivo


ARTISTIC LINEUP

Antonio Molina “El Choro”
Direction/choreography/dance

Manuel Liñán
Artistic Director

Juan Campallo/Manuel de la Luz
Original music/ Musical adaptations

Jesús Corbacho
Song repertoire

Campallo/ De la Luz/ Molina/Corbacho
Musical direction

Valeriano Paños
Choreography Farruca

Olga García
Lighting design

Félix Vázquez
Sound

Silvia Calado Olivo
Communication

Alexandra Hoffer
Executive Producer

Jorge Limosnita
Production Assistant

FUNDACIÓN CRISTINA HEEREN
Production and distribution


CAST

Dance
ANTONIO MOLINA “EL CHORO”

Song
JESÚS CORBACHO / PEPE DE PURA / JONATAN REYES

Guitar
JUAN CAMPALLO/ MANUEL DE LA LUZ

Percussion
PACO VEGA

Guest Artist
PEDRO EL GRANAÍNO


AGENDA 

3rd March 2018
preview
Gran Teatro de Huelva
Huelva
information and ticket sales

8th March 2018
premiere
Festival of Jerez
Jerez de la Frontera
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PRESS

EL PAÍS
27th June, 2016


Interview with El Choro, by Roger Salas
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