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Belén Maya

The flamenco philosopher

Flamenco is way, way more than just a dance. For Belén Maya – the foremost flamencista of her generation – it’s a philosophy that not only creates harmony between body, head and soul, but also permeates through every aspect of life.

If your relationship with flamenco is just a casual one, that might sound a bit much. But if you were in her shoes, to move to the sound of a sensual, Spanish guitar would be just as much a primal instinct as filling your lungs with air.

Belén Maya was born while their parents – both talented flamenco dancers – was on tour, and it’s easy to image pretty much every day since being devoted to this rhythmically intense music from the sun-baked hills of Andalucia. Besides having studied under and collaborated with several of the greatest figures within the field of flamenco, she’s also a pioneer within the genre.

This is perhaps most evident in filmmaker Carlos Saura’s striking flamenco documentaries: “Sevillanas” (1992) and “Flamenco” (1995). Belén plays a central role in both of them, as she paves new ways for flamenco’s musicality, movement and costuming, and thus raises it from being “simply” a dance to becoming a visual art form.

Belén will be shining her brilliance at the Oslo World through the solo performance Romnia – choreographed by the brilliant Israel Galván, another trailblazing flamenco dancer – you’ll be struck by the same beauty: An aesthetic expression charged with more meaning than words can grasp.

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