The flamenco dancer Israel Galván combines complete command of his medium with a phenomenally
fertile range of off-beat stylistic ideas. He gives you — deliberately — the impression that traditional flamenco is
too small to contain all he needs to do in terms of rhythm and drama....
He has only to stand still, feet together, at the start of his first solo to show his mastery.
Alastair Macaulay • The New York Times
Born in 1973, Israel Galván de los Reyes is a choreographer and bailaor from Sevilla, Spain. Galván is a National Dance Award recipient in the area of Creative Works, granted by Spain’s Ministry of Culture in 2005. The ministry praised Galván for his works, “ARENA” and “LA EDAD DE ORO.” Specifically, they recognized Galván’s “…ability to craft in an art like flamenco a new creation without forgetting the traditions that have guided it to this day and establishes it as a universal genre…”
The son of dancers José Galván and Eugenia de Los Reyes, Galván was immersed in an environment of flamenco tablaos, fiestas, and dance academies, in the company of his father from a young age. Galván, however, did not choose dance as his vocation until late in his teenage years.
In 1994, Galván joined the then recently formed Compañia Andaluza de Danza, directed by Mario Maya. This step marked the beginning of what would become of an unrelenting career for Galván, distinguished by important awards and recognition.
Galván has collaborated artistically on numerous projects over the years. These collaborations are of a diverse nature, embarked upon with distinctive artists, most noteworthy have been with Enrique Morente, Manuel Soler, Mario Maya, Sol Picó, Pat Metheny, Vicente Amigo, Alfredo Lagos, Manuela Carrasco, Lagartija Nick, Fernando Terremoto, Miguel Poveda, Diego Amador, Arcángel, Ineés Bacán, and Estrella Morente.
The magnitude and depth of Galván’s work as choreographer and performer is unrivaled in flamenco. Galván premiered his first solo work in 1998, “¡MIRA!/LOS ZAPATOS ROJOS.” Flamenco critics praise it as a work of genius, considered revolutionary in the realm of flamenco productions. “LA METAMORFOSIS” (2000), Galván’s flamenco version of the seminal novel by Franza Kafka, followed. “GALVANICAS” (2002) is done in collaboration with Gerardo Nuñez. “ARENA” (2004) consists of six surprising and dramatic choreographic movements inspired by the world of bullfighting. “LA EDAD DE ORO” (2005) pays homage to the masters of the Golden Age of flamenco. In “TABULA RASA” (2006), Galván defies the canons of flamenco, as he breaks nearly every convention and redefines the genre. “SOLO” (2007) is possibly his most experimental piece, dangerous as he uses the silence for music. “EL FINAL DE ESTE ESTADO DE COSAS, REDUX” (2008) is a personal and impactful vision of the Apocalypse. “LA CURVA” (2010) continues to explore Galván’s passion for uniting flamenco and contemporary music.
Pedro G. Romero collaborates with Galván as artistic director for the majority of his works. Pepa Gamboa, Belén Candil, and most recently, Txiki Berraondo are responsible for set design and direction.
In 2006, Galván choreographed the solo “LA FRANCESA,” starring Pastora Galván. The concert receives the Giraldillo Award for “Best Music” and “Most Innovative.”
Galván had an eventful year in 2007, as he revitalized “ARENA,” performed “EDAD DE ORO” one hundred more times (a work presented over 200 times in all), and premiered “SOLO” at the Cinémathéque de la Danse in Paris.
In 2008, Galván premiered “EL FINAL DE ESTE ESTADO DE COSAS, REDUX” at the Bienal de Sevilla. This performance received rave reviews and confirmed Israel Galván’s prominence as an international figure. Galvan is the first Spanish artist associated with the Théatre de La Ville de París, an international shrine of contemporary dance.
Two thousand twelve was a year of recognition for Galván’s work. In this year he received the Premio Max de las Artes Escénicas for best male dancer and best choreographer granted for LA CURVA by Fundación Autor and the SGAE of Spain, the Bessie Award of New York for LA EDAD DE ORO presented at the Joyce Theater in New York, and the Bessie Award recognizes LA EDAD DE ORO as an exceptional production that amplifies perspectives in traditional art, and the Gold Medal for exceptionality in Fine Arts granted by the Consejo de Ministros in Spain.
Galván’s latest creation, “LO REAL/LE RÉEL/THE REAL,” is a thoughtful reflection on the gypsy holocaust under the Nazi regime. The work premiered in Spain on December 12, 2012 at the Teatro Real de Madrid and in Paris at the Théâtre de La Ville on February 12, 2013.