Pastora is an innovative performance, choreographed by Israel Galván and danced by Pastora Galván, which provocatively questions flamenco's cultural conventions. While traditional flamenco components ground Pastora, the piece is invigorated by unique musical arrangements and Pastora's bold character performance. Pastora's costumes and performance evoke the bygone eras of flamenco, and caricatures both the male and female personas reminiscent of Sevilla villages from the past. In this piece, Pastora Galván tenaciously disobeys the flamenco archetypes of female beauty by embracing ugliness, vulgarity, and absurdity. Galván digs into the more physical and strenuous aspects of flamenco, vigorously stamping out the zapateado (footwork) and exaggerating female characterizations with irony and relish.
Performances of Pastora will take place at 8 p.m. on March 13 and 14, 2014 as part of Pasión y Arte's 2014 Philadelphia Flamenco Festival.