Compañía Pepa Molina’s Perceptions premiered from the 20th to the 22nd of July 2023 as part of Form Dance Project’s Dance Bites season at Riverside Theatres Parramatta Sydney with guest international artists.
Excerpts of Perceptions Premiere at Riverside Theatres Parramatta Sydney:
RIVERSIDE THEATRES PARRAMATTA (SYDNEY AUSTRALIA)
Produced by Carl Sciberras, Compania Pepa Molina partnered with Form Dance Projects.
Create NSW, FORM Dance Projects, Packer Family Foundation, BAS (Blacktown Arts), Riverside Theatres, Dance Makers collective, PAS & Residential Gardens, Compañía Pepa Molina, La Junta de Andalucía, EFA Escuela de Flamenco de Andalucia, Centro Coreografico Canal , Instituto Cervantes Sydney.
Photograph credit: Beatrix Molinar
Graphic Design: Luis Perez
*Pre- Premiere of Perceptions was at “Magnify Festival” – in Sydney, the 15th of September 2019.
Perceptions sees Flamenco dance artist Pepa Molina return to the Riverside stage following Bush Bailando premiered by FORM in 2016. Bush Bailando earned the artist the 2016 Dance Australia critic’s choice for Most Interesting Artist. In her new work, Pepa will surround herself with renowned performers from Spain exploring the intricacies, superstitions, and clichés in Flamenco’s past and present.
This a unique opportunity for lovers of music and dance to see some of Spain’s leading cutting-edge Flamenco artists perform contemporary Flamenco dance & music.
“…vivacious ‘talking’ footwork, speedy traveling steps, dazzling turns, and a cracking castanet item. Pepa is a powerful dancer skilled in punctuating her moves with the strong accents of flamenco. “Jill Sykes – Sydney Morning Herald – 6 May 2016 BUSH BAILANDO – Premiere Dance Bites 2016
Original idea Pepa Molina
Direction Jesús Fernández (Cadiz- Spain)
Choreographers Alejandro Molinero, Jesús Fernández & Pepa Molina
Dancers Jesús Fernández, Pepa Molina
Singer David Vázquez (Madrid- Spain)
Flamenco guitarists Marco Van Doornam, Paco Lara (Jerez- Spain)
Composer- Flamenco Guitar: Paco Lara
Electro-acoustic sound and composition Jesús Mañeru (Spain)
Dramaturg Martin del Amo
Lighting Designer Frankie Clarke
Costume Design: Jose Galvañ
Flamenco shoes: Antonio Garcia
Producer Carl Sciberras
Perceptions is supported by: Create NSW, FORM Dance Projects, BAS (Blacktown Arts), PAS, Residential Gardens, Compañía Pepa Molina, EFA Escuela de Flamenco de Andalucía , Junta de Andalucia, SCCA, Dance Makers Collective, Centro Coreografico Canal, Instituto Cervantes Sydney.
Compañía Pepa Molina, Flamenco dance company, Flamenco dance Sydney, International Flamenco artists, Flamenco dance Australia, Flamenco company
Reviews & Interviews
Molina and Fernández move with energetic vivacity tempering their meticulous control with moments of humour – a slight smile, a cheeky wink, a raised eyebrow – that reinforce the physical and sensual appeal of this very special artform.
Carol Wimmer – Carol Wimmer – Stage whispers Premiere Perceptions July 2023
DANCE INFORMA –Pepa Molina’s Perceptions A Refreshing Take on Flamenco by Renata Ogayar
“The world premiere of Pepa Molina’s Perceptions, presented by FORM Dance Projects at Lennox Riverside Theatre on Thursday July 20 as part of Dance Bites 2023, was an intimate and refreshing take on Flamenco. It explored perceptions around the art form, including intricacies, superstitions, and clichés of Flamenco’s past and present and invited the audience into a cultural space of curiosity, humour and flawless rhythms.”What I enjoyed about Perceptions was the cheeky element and interactions the dancers had with each other on stage, offering the audience a fresh take and a chance to laugh amidst the intensity.
By Renata Ogayar of Dance Informa. – Premiere Perceptions July 2023
INTERVIEWS – STORIES
SBS WORLD NEWS INTERVIEW
Premiere of Perceptions at Dance Bites – Riverside Theatre -2023
Rehearsals in Madrid with international artists (Jesús Fernández & David Vazquez)
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