The Federico García Lorca Centre Event
Vicente Escudero and the enhancement of Flamenco
The Federico García Lorca Centre aims to become a point of reference for contemporary culture. This institution has the following objectives:
- Conservation, care and study of the collections of the García Lorca Foundation. These are currently deposited in the Archive and Library of this centre.
- Dissemination and study of the poet’s work through the creation of an Institute of Lorca Studies. It will also maintain a permanent exchange with similar centres in other cities and countries.
- Organisation of cultural activities and events that offer the public a selection of excellence in the field of contemporary creation in literature, music, plastic arts, thought, cinema, theatre, audiovisual arts, etc.
- Organisation of workshops for young people in the different artistic disciplines, in collaboration with organisations related to these arts.
These points listed above serve to improve the image of the centre and, therefore, of Granada. The aim is to become one of the cultural references in Spain, an aspect obviously reinforced by the universal fame of García Lorca’s work.
Exhibition on Vicente Escudero and the valorisation of Flamenco
With the celebration of the centenary of the I Concurso de Cante Jondo promoted by Federico García Lorca and Manuel de Falla in 1922, we have an interesting date in Granada. The Centro Federico García Lorca is sponsoring an exhibition on Vicente Escudero and the valorisation of flamenco. The exhibition aims to highlight the figure of Escudero as the first dancer-dancer who structured the classical canons of flamenco. His life and work developed within the intellectual avant-garde of the first half of the 20th century. This is an excellent opportunity for students to delve into the world of flamenco, to try to understand the artistic and cultural keys of this dance. Here is the general information about the event:
- free admission;
- no need to book in advance, only for groups of more than 10 people;
- Tuesday to Sunday, every morning from 11am to 2pm;
- Tuesday to Saturday, every evening from 18:00 to 21:00.
*It is possible, depending on the day and on request, to visit the Centre itself. This is an external visit and a visit to the library.
Vicente Escudero was born in Valladolid in 1888 and died in Barcelona in 1980. He was undoubtedly one of the best-known Spanish artists of his time. In the Silver Age of Spanish dance, which marked the beginning of the 20th century, he was framed as a flamenco dancer. However, his work went much further. He was an innovator of avant-garde gestures, largely renewing the old dance, as flamenco aficionados claim.
His anachronistic ability to move in two tempos simultaneously was the most original feature of his art. He also devoted himself to painting and drawing, but always related to flamenco dance and choreography. They must be analysed and read in relation to his choreographic developments. The intention of the exhibition at the Centro Federico García Lorca is precisely to read the artist Escudero as a performer, a pioneer of what today is called “living art”.
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