Unique Gala of Spanish Dance and Dancers Hosted by the British Spanish Society

Date Tue 17 November 2015

Thursday 26 November 2015 

The Place, 17 Dukes Rd WC1H 9PY

The British-Spanish Society announces a unique Gala evening of Spanish dance and dancers featuring two world premieres and dancers from Dance UK member The Royal Ballet . 

To help celebrate its centenary year, the British Spanish Society is holding a unique gala of Spanish Dance and Dancers at The Place on 26 November 2015. The gala comes hot on the heels of the recent announcement of the nominations for the 2015 UK National Dance Awards, which have seen no less than nine Spanish dancers and choreographers nominated, which is a record for any country outside of the “home” nations.  

Three of these great talents will be appearing at the BSS gala. The Royal Ballet’s principal dancer, Laura Morera, from Madrid, has been nominated for Outstanding Female Performance in a Classical Role. She will dance in the gala with the Royal Ballet’s Ricardo Cervera, from Malaga, performing a duet from Liam Scarlett’s Viscera, which is currently being performed at The Royal Opera House. 

Mallorcan choreographer and Dance UK member, Avatâra Ayuso has been nominated in the Emerging Artist category, as has Dance UK member Carlos Pons Guerra, a choreographer born in Gran Canaria who is director of DeNada Dance Theatre.  Both will be presenting work at the gala.   

Ayuso is creating a new duet for AVA Dance Company, which will have its world premiere at this event; and Pons Guerra will bring his Young Man!, a Spanish take on Roland Petit’s Le Jeune Homme et La Mort, which is part of DeNada Dance Theatre’s  Jamon y Pasion (Ham and Passion) programme.   

Former Rambert dancer, Estela Merlos (from Barcelona) will also be presenting the world premiere of Ukok, a solo that she has choreographed to be danced by herself.      

The Baltic Dance Theatre will give its first-ever UK performance of Phaedre by Izadora Weiss; the production premiered in Gdansk on 7th November, to a score by Gustav Mahler.   

“Weiss is taking Baltic Dance Theatre on a journey that needs to be seen outside as well as inside Poland”.  Jann Parry, DanceTabs 

“Weiss is a rare, and fresh, choreographic talent: the company will be one to follow as it matures”.  Laura Cappelle, Financial Times 

“(Weiss is)..a woman who has the audience’s interest at heart.  Not only does Weiss intend others to understand her language, she actually wants us to enjoy it…”. Jeffery Taylor, Sunday Express  

Phaedre features a cast of eighteen dancers from this internationally-acclaimed company, including six dancers who originate from Spain. 

The gala evening will also feature Tokyo Tokyo, a film by Avatâra Ayuso for AVA Dance Company and interval performances of flamenco and Mexican music by the Bordoneo Duo. 

Tamara Rojo, the Spanish prima ballerina and artistic director of Dance UK member English National Ballet, has graciously agreed to be the Gala’s Patron.

The evening will begin with a Reception at 7.00pm for an 8.00pm performance on Thursday 26 November, ending with an opportunity to meet the dancers and choreographers at a post performance reception. 

Venue:  The Place, 17 Dukes Rd WC1H 9PY

Tickets:   £32 British Spanish Society members; £39 non-members (who can join on the night for members’ discount) including a complimentary glass of Cava