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Lo Real / Le Réel /
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Israel Galván | Contemporary Flamenco
19 - 21 August 2015
Festival Theatre

Israel Galván was born into flamenco and has gone on to extend the flamenco form with his innovative choreography and breathtaking dancing technique. One critic wrote, ‘Israel Galván doesn’t dance flamenco, he reinvents it’.

In his latest and perhaps most poignant creation, he draws together an extraordinary group of singers, instrumentalists and dancers to tell of the plight of the Roma and the Sinti peoples in fascist Spain during the 1930s and 40s. They convey the pain and the suffering – but also the pride, free spirit and love of life – of a people that remains persecuted to this day.

In his search to examine his beloved traditional form in radically untraditional ways, Galván has provoked controversy and debate. However, all agree that his passion, virtuosity and integrity have made him one of the most fascinating artists in contemporary Spanish dance.

The most indelible dance production of the year


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  • Language: 
    Sung in Spanish with English supertitles
  • Running time: 
    1 hour and 50 minutes approximately (no interval)


Festival Theatre

13-29 Nicolson Street,



Israel Galván Choreography
Israel Galván, Isabel Bayón and Belén Maya Dancers
Tomás de Perrate and David Lagos Singers
Juan Gómez 'Chicuelo'  Guitar
and music ensemble of the company


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Lo Real / Le Réel / The Real | The Arts Desk

August 22nd 2015

He's the "Bowie of flamenco" - leggy and intense, unpredictably sparky

Read the full review here (The Arts Desk)

Review by: 

Hanna Weibye
Dance Critic
The Arts Desk

Lo Real / Le Réel / The Real | Telegraph

August 22nd 2015

Ambition, artistry and compassion ★★★

Read the full review here (Telegraph)

Review by: 

Mark Monahan
Dance Critic

Lo Real / Le Réel / The Real | Culture Kiosque review

April 8th 2013

Galvan has created a harsh, violent and brutal world which could well disturb the non-initiated, unsuspecting spectator.

Read the full review here (Culture Kiosque)

Review by: 

Patricia Boccadoro
Culture Kiosque

Lo Real / Le Réel / The Reel | Guardian review

August 20th 2015

It’s the raw charisma of Galván’s performance that keeps us watching ★★★

Read the full review here (The Guardian)

Review by: 

Judith Mackrell
Dance critic
The Guardian

Photo: Jean-Louis Duzert

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


Dress circle: £30 £27 £17 £12 (RV)
Stalls: £30 £27 £22 £17
Upper circle: £25 £20 £12

Current discounts

Under 18s: 50% off
Students: 50% off
Young Scot card holders: 50% off
Senior citizens: 50% off
Unemployed: 50% off
Equity card holders: 50% off
MU card holders: 50% off