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Rocío Molina’s Bosque Ardora

Rocío Molina with Eduardo Guerrero and Fernando Jiménez (Spain)
1hr 30mins (no intermission)
Esplanade Theatre
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She's the nuclear force at the centre of an atom.
The Evening Standard
One of the art form’s young renegades…. (She) goes where many have tried to go but failed: She pushes boundaries without sacrificing the art form’s purity.
The New York Times
With arms scrolling and torso snaking, she can be sensuous and curvaceous, but she can also be sharp, funky and funny, and her crystal-clear footwork is not the incessant hammering of the flamenco show-off – these rhythms speak.
The Evening Standard
She is passion personified, urgent, almost red hot, taking over the body and moving it, spasm by spasm, filling it of rage and beauty.
La Vanguardia

Created by one of the most fearless artists in dance today, Rocío Molina’s Bosque Ardora (Forest Worship) transports you into a forested glade where dangerous games of seduction and survival unfold amongst the light and shadows of rustling live trees; a setting that would not look out of place in a Pina Bausch production.

The laws of nature and desire decree hunt or be hunted. From forest dawn to dusk, Molina shape-shifts gorgeously between Artemis, a Greek goddess of the hunt, a mythological vixen in a fox mask, and a sex kitten in a boyfriend’s shirt and stilettos, all the while rhythmically sparring with two male dancers and a band of musicians. The production unfolds like a dream where the past intermingles with the present, and reality and fantasy become blurred.

Spanish choreographer-dancer Molina has no time for rules. Her works transcend her classical flamenco roots and combine technical virtuosity, contemporary research and conceptual risk. Unafraid to forge alliances with other disciplines and artists, her choreographies are unique scenic events drawn from cinema, literature, philosophy and painting.

Her power as a choreographer is matched by her skills as a performer. Winning countless awards and dubbed as “a performer capable of handling the most diverse registers with freedom and courage” by the Ministry of Culture in Spain, come watch the artist who brought the legendary ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov to his knees in homage.

About Rocío Molina
Born in Malaga in 1984, Molina is a restless dancer who started choreographing as early as the age of seven. After graduating with honours from the Royal Dance Conservatory in Madrid at the age of 17, she began her professional career with well-known Spanish dance companies. At age 22 Molina broke out as a solo artist where she created experimental works which transcended beyond the language of her classical flamenco roots. In 2010, she was awarded the National Dance Prize by the Ministry of Culture. Since then, she has toured internationally and performed in renowned venues such as National Theatre de Chaillot in Paris, Sadler’s Wells in London and the Lincoln Centre in New York.

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