We caught up with Manuel Liñán and his producer Ana Garcia ahead of their performance of Sinergia at PDSW.
Hello Ana, we would love to know what is your favourite thing about the show Sinergia?
The energy and chemistry between the threeelements that make up the show- the unique relationship between singing, guitar and dance, that is so intrinsic to flamenco.
Do you work regularly in Flamenco dance?
Yes, I have been working in Flamenco dance for over twenty years. I have taught flamenco, I have choreographed it, I’ve danced it- and now I’m a producer.
What is it like being a producer?
I find it extremely challenging and rewarding at the same time. When everything goes as planned the satisfaction is as great or greater than when I used to perform myself. I love showing the British audience the best flamenco found in Spain, and I also enjoy showing the companies coming from Spain that the UK isn’t just London, there are many other cities and some great venues outside of the capital.
Hello Manuel, we would love to know what the starting points were for Sinergia?
Sinergia was born out of a need to dance, and a desire to truly find an electric, tangible relationship between the fundamental elements of flamenco- dance, song and guitar. I feel that the relationship of these elements is so unique to us flamenco artists, that it was important for me to really explore and exploit the synergy between them.
What is your favourite part to dance in Sinergia and why?
To be honest, every moment in the work is unique and I really enjoy dancing each and every one of them. However, I would say that it’s at the end- the closing section- where all the parts that have come before finally meet, and suddenly, the journey I’ve been through during the work makes complete sense, both for me and for the audience. Sinergiabuilds up, journeying through each of the elements I’ve mentioned before, and in the final section, it’s like they finally marry and the energy is sensational. I also have a great team of accompanists in this work, and dancing with each of them is very satisfying.
Do you have any facts about Flamenco Dance that are not well known?
It’s not so much a fact, as perhaps a reality- but I always speak about the perseverance that flamenco artists must have to work with the art form. It can be a real struggle to keep this art alive, especially as it’s a traditional dance form that is transmitted from generation to generation, so in these difficult times, a flamenco artist has to be very strong and tenacious.
What else are you doing at the moment?
We’re very busy at the moment! We currently have four shows on the road- as well as Sinergia, Nomada, Reversible and Baile de Autor are on the road. I’m also excited about a new project that’s coming up. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a very long while, something which is perhaps more risky than what I’m used to, but which I think will be a very sincere and one of the most honest works I make. It will be called VIVA, and there will be more information about it soon.
What is it like being a dancer?
In this world, I don’t think there’s anything more beautiful than talking through dance. I honestly don’t know a bigger satisfaction than to be able to express yourself and live through movement. I don’t really think I could do anything else. For me, dance is life, it is freedom, love and also disappointment. It is all the emotions that make a human being, and it’s those emotions we have to embrace if we truly want to be free. So, to answer your question- to be a dancer can be difficult, you have to be strong, you have to love it- but for me it’s also the most beautiful thing you could be.
Saturday 5 May