The show “Aleluya erótica”, which was successful in the Bienal Flamenco, wins two more prizes.

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The 20th September 2012 will go down in the history of TNT. Aleluya Erótica emerged as the winning show of the XVII Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla.  On 25th October the spectacle was nominated by the Giraldillo award, which concedes the Bienal every year, granting Aleluya Erótica the award for the Best Show. Equally important are the prizes of Best Singer, awarded to José Valencia and Best Guitar to Dani de Morón.

Last Tuesday 29th January 2013 the Seville Stage Awards 2012 were announced, in which Aleluya Erótica received two prizes- Best Dance Show and Best Director. These were awarded to the director, Juana Casado, who currently finds herself immersed in the rehearsal process for her new project, La Dama de las Camelias.

Click the following link to see videos of the show: Aleluya erótica-TNT. XVII Bienal de Sevilla

The reviews highlight the outstanding performances of the three actors:

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Aleluya erótica is a flamenco show taken from Lorca´s literary work Amores de Dom Perlimplin y Belisa en su Jardín. The name makes reference to the ´hallelujahs’ which recount popular tales through drawings.

The show is directed by Juana Casado. After thirteen years in Antonio Gades´ theatre company, followed by time spent working with Mario Maya and María Rosa, she herself turned to stage management ten years ago. She was awarded the National Competiton Prize for Stage Managers in 2006.

Rosario Toledo plays the role of the protagonist, Belisa. Rosario is one of the most highly-valued figures in flamenco dance today, a fact which is attested to by her strong presence in festivals all over the world. Another name of renowned prestige feature in the show is José Valencia, whose voice is considered by reviews as the number one in the contemporary flamenco world. José plays the part of Don Perlimplin. Music is provided by Daniel Méndez, the first-rate flamenco guitarist and composer, who enters into the show as one of the characters.

We have selected Lorca’s Aleluya Erótica because of the musical component, which is so fundamental to the piece. The songs, present in the works of the Granada-based  author, in this play become a key aspect in its structure and allow the sensual game of the protagonist dancer and the dramatic force of the antagonistic character, played by a singer. The play possesses a strong dream-like quality which allows the dance and music to carry the weight of the piece.

In a radio interview in 1935, Lorca replied to the question of which was his favourite of all of his own works. He replied, “It´s a small play which no professional company dares to debut because of its true lyricism. It´s called Los Amores de Don Perlimplin…”. Over time it has been performed on stage numerous times, but never through the medium of dance. Lorca delves into the scars of human relationships which deepen over time, with the same needs, desires and frustrations. Eroticism and tenderness become more and more blurred leading up to the climax of the work. Flamenco becomes a language through which these emotions materialize and are transmitted.