FESTIVITIES. Lorenzo Ruiz’s company returns to the Espace Gibert stage with the show “Alma flamenca” programmed as part of the cultural association’s summer festival.
It is a tradition at Espace Gibert to offer a flamenco show every summer. A tradition that finds its origin more than twenty years ago, when the cultural association set up its summer concerts in the yard of the old wine farmer’s house. Deprived of its festival in the summer of 2020 due to Covid 19, the team resumed its good habits and organized last year on the 22nd.e edition of his concerts with the health card. This year for its 23rde season, the structure has reduced the sails somewhat by offering a concert every two weeks instead of one concert a week.
A festival recognized in the area
The evening of the performances is on Thursday. We do not change a winning formula and are well identified by the local public, who remain faithful and in numbers. The onlookers in the area, from the town and surrounding villages, are happy to mingle with tourists, always happy to find cultural entertainment during their stay. After a concert around Brazilian rhythms by the group Dona Ana Samba, at the time Bergin’ 4tet between jazz and French song, it is now flamenco’s turn to make its debut at the beginning of August.
A show that lives from within
Alma flamenca is a show where all the ingredients come together for the passion for flamenco to work. Lorenzo Ruiz, dancer, singer and artistic director of his own company, is a regular at Maison Gibert. He has performed there with his troupe for many years, conveying his passion and his pleasure in dancing in a game of complicity between his musicians and his audience. By his side, dancer Serena de Sousa explores flamenco culture between sensuality and panache with virtuosity. As for the musicians and singers, they put their talents to the service of authenticity by making the guitar strings and their vocal cords vibrate. The company’s five artists will undoubtedly once again be able to bring the audience into their universe full of power and nuance.
About the artists
From Granada, Lorenzo Ruiz is the son of the famous cantaor Pepe de Granada and the brother of the dancer Violeta Ruiz. He took his first steps on stage at the age of 3, and after training started in his hometown, he perfected his knowledge with big names in flamenco such as Mario Maya, Beatriz Martin, Jose Galban, Joaquin Grilo… With his 13 year he was joined in the album by the famous guitarist Carlos Zarate, which will launch his career. He settled in France at the age of 16, performing with famous flamenco figures: Carmen Albéniz, Lucía Garrido, La Joselito… He then multiplied the tours to the four corners of the world to discover new musical styles.
passionate about flamenco from an early age, Serena de Sousa trained with La Morita for 12 years and has performed in many of its shows from 2006 to the present. At the same time, she followed intensive courses with big names in flamenco: Farruquito, Javier Latorre, Mercedes Ruiz. In 2012 she enriched her technique at the “Amor de Dios” school (Madrid) and worked with Pepa Molina, Guadalupe Torres, Inmaculada Ortega… Back in France she taught flamenco, continued to perform and created with her sidekick Lola Navarro the show “Dulce de Leche”. She regularly participates in Cia Lorenzo Ruiz shows.