Jairo Barrull Flamenco Company present ‘Gitano’ with special guest Gema Moneo.
Jairo Barrull Fernández (1983, Seville), son of Ramón Barrull, grandson of Tony El Gitano and great great nephew of the flamenco guitarist Diego del Gastor, is heir and creator of his own style of Andalusian Gypsy flamenco dance.
Jairo explains, “For me the Gypsy art form is a specific way of feeling and expressing oneself. There isn’t any other word that describes me better in flamenco dance. There are various factors that have influenced why I identify with the gypsy dance form, but the most important is when an artist identifies his or her art form with that certain way of expressing, that is what defines them artistically and I have always felt this way. The Gypsy dance form evolves because we don’t dance how Gypsy dancers used to dance 40 years ago but the feeling is the same. A feeling doesn’t have an expiry date, not with the different fashions that come and go. The pure feeling is always there because it is authentic.”
Barrull started to dance under the direction of his father when he was 7 years old and he started his professional dance career when he was 13 years old. In 1997 he danced in front of the Pope John Paul II in the Paul VI Auditorium, The Vatican, Rome, in the show ‘Un Gitano de Ley’, for the beatification of Ceferino Jiménez Malla ‘El Pele’. At 16 years of age he had already worked with some of the greatest flamenco icons in the world such as ‘El Chocolate’, ‘Angelita Vargas’, ‘Farruquito’, ‘Concha Vargas’ and ‘Arcangel’. He has collaborated in numerous flamenco shows including ‘Incognito’ by Francis Brunn which premiered at the Opera Theatre of Frankfurt, ‘La Sinfonía Flamenca’ at the National Orchestra of Lyons Auditorium, ‘Magia de Maestros’ Berliner Philharmonie and ‘Al-Andalus’ that toured North America and Argentina in the Theatre Avenida.
The show will open with ‘Bulerías’ and will continue with the flamenco styles that according to Barrull are the core of Gypsy flamenco dance – ‘Alegrías’, ‘Seguiriya’ and ‘Soleá’. The show will also feature guest artist Gema Moneo, niece of the famed flamenco singer Juan Moneo ‘El Torta’ from Jerez de la Frontera. At just 24 years old Gema has already toured the world and participated in several prestigious flamenco festivals such as La Bienal de Sevilla, The Festival de Jerez and the Flamenco Festival of London. In 2010 she joined Farruquito’s company and danced in two of his shows ‘El Baile Flamenco’ and ‘Sonerías’. More recently in 2014 Gema joined Joaquín Cortés’ company and later that year performed in the show ‘Con Carmen Amaya en la memoria’ in Barcelona alongside Pastora Galvan and Karime Amaya.
Date: Sunday 2nd October 2016
Venue: The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD.
Tickets: Full price - £20, Concessions - £18