For 21 years, summer ain’t summer till the cycle begins Lorca and Granada in the Generalife Gardens. This year, the show acquires the historical dimension of an event such as the centenary of the Cante Jondo Competition to fill the open-air theater located in the former summer villa of the Nasrid kings of Granada with enchantment.
jondo. From the first cry, from the first kiss This is the name with which the cycle intends to conquer this year the thousands of spectators who, in each edition, seek a night of “cold” and good flamenco in the refuge of the Alhambra.
The exclusive pass for the written press this Thursday allows you to see a advance of what can already be enjoyed from this Tuesday and until August 27. The show presents five dance paintings for as many characters from the literature of the poet of Fuente Vaqueros
-Rosita, Don Perlimplín, Mariana, Adela and El Director- who share with Cante Jondo the tragedy without addressee and the excesses of their music, which intervenes in pain with those who observe and listen to this fuzzy social and racial expression, blurred roots between a complaint of secular misfortunes, like love. In addition to the five scenes, the show includes a prologue and an epilogue inspired by the first cante jondo competition in 1922.
In its 21st edition, for thirty nights (still from Tuesday to Saturday), it will stage jondo. From the first cry, from the first kisswhich will feature the participation of Carmen Linares (July 19, 22, 23 and 30 and August 5 and 6) and Pasión Vega (August 13, 18, 19, 20 and 25) as guest artists.
Directed by Sharon Fridman and Eduardo Guerrero
Under the choreographic direction of Eduardo Guerrero, the direction of Sharon Fridman and the dramaturgy of Triana Lorite, the show, organized by the Ministry of Culture and Historical Heritage, in collaboration with the Board of Directors of the Alhambra and the Generalife, will be the protagonist from July 19 to August 27 of the cultural nights in the Generalife gardens, becoming one more year “one of the unmissable events of the summer in Andalusia”, as Sánchez Estrella pointed out.
In his speech, he also pointed out that the cycle Lorca and Granada, has become “an excellent map for the cultural potential of Granada and Andalusia, as well as an important catalyst for Andalusian cultural industries”. In this sense, he recalled that this cultural program was designed with the aim of generating the best synergies with the provincial and regional associative fabric, the cultural industries and the tourist infrastructures of the city.
For her part, the General Director of the Board of Directors of the Alhambra and Generalife, Rocío Díaz, also reaffirmed that “it is important to extend the cultural activity of Granada in the summer to continue generating jobs and wealth in our city thanks to proposals that , in addition, they privilege the networks that contribute to their momentum ”.
The Ministry of Culture, through the Andalusian Agency of Cultural Institutions, and the Board of Directors of the Alhambra and the Generalife, have been developing this program since 2002 which, 20 years later, “remains one of the main milestones of the cultural summer in Andalusia with a cumulative attendance in its twenty editions of more than 750,000 spectators,” said Díaz.
For her part, the playwright and creator of the production jondoTriana Lorite, clarified that the choice of the five characters for this piece was not fortuitous: “Working on the presentation that Lorca proposed to launch the Competition, we understood the depth of his commitment to Cante Jondo, so that it does not disappear and its five characters who die without being loved, in an intense sentimental and sexual volume”.
For his part, the dancer and choreographer Eduardo Guerrero pointed out that “Federico García Lorca’s desire not to lose popular traditions, and in particular the Andalusian cante, reveals to us that Lorca was one of the first to understand the cante Jondo and what he brings to dance, a quantitative step towards the avant-garde”.
For Sharon Fridman, production manager and author of choreography, lighting and set design, “to be able to work with Lorca’s literature and give it shape and rhythm is a great honor, because I feel completely connected to its lines of thought and I feel in each of his characters. As a human being, with Lorca and his Jondo, I feel at home”.
presale of tickets
The traditional presale at 20 euros is maintained, as in every edition, with the novelty that it will last until the end of the cycle on August 27, but tickets must be purchased before 6:00 p.m. on the day chosen. The general price remains at 34 euros, as well as the reductions for Tuesday and Wednesday 2×1 (2 tickets at 34 euros, organized groups at 17 euros, visitors to the Monumental Complex of the Alhambra and Generalife at 20 euros, unemployed, student card , young people and pensioners: 20 euros and children (from 5 to 16 years old) 6 euros and from 0 to 4 years old free entry.
Tickets can be purchased online www.lorcaygranada.esby telephone sale on the number 662 862 145 (from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday to Sunday) or at the Corral del Carbón ticket office (opening July 14) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday (except August 15) and at the Generalife ticket office pavilion (opening July 18) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.