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The Spectator's moment (2016): Israel Galván

The Spectator's moment (2016): Israel Galván

The spectator's moment

The Spectator's moment or how to discover an artist, a piece of work or a company in just two minutes. It is a collection of programmes produced by the Maison de la Danse in Lyon and presented by Dominique Hervieu. Each episode is devoted to an artist or a company that is programmed at the Maison de la Danse and offers the public keys or artistic benchmarks for better understanding and appreciating the choreographic art.

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Galván, Israel

Choreographer and dancer, acknowledged as the Nijinsky of flamenco, Israel Galván blends contemporary dance and traditional flamenco in his works. Born in Sevilla to flamenco dancer parents, he inevitably took an interest to this art from childhood. In 1994, he joined the Andalucia Dance Company directed by Mario Maya. Very quickly, Israel Galván stood out with his innovational and sophisticated style and in 1995, he won the Vicente Escudero Award at the National Flamenco Art Competition in Cordoba: this was to be the first in a long line of honours.

In 1998, he caused a sensation with his show “Mira! Los zapatos rojos” at the tenth Festival of Flamenco in Seville. Two years later, in partnership with Estrella Morente and Lagartica, he directed a choreography inspired by Kafka, entitled “La Metamorfosis”, then in 2002, “Galvanicas” with Gerardo Nuñez. In 2004, he was awarded the Giraldillo Prize as the best flamenco dancer for his performance given in “Arena”, a show recounting the history of bullfighting.

In 2005, Israel Galván was honoured with the National Dance Award. In 2009, “El final de este estado de cosas, redux” (inspired by a few passages from the Apocalypse), was a great success during the Montpellier Dance Festival and the Avignon Festival.

Israel Galván works with a myriad of well-known figures from the world of flamenco like Vicente Amigo, Manuela Carrasco and Mario Maya.

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Last update : September 2011

Plasson, Fabien

Born in 1977, Fabien Plasson is a video director specialized in the field of performing arts (dance , music, etc).

During his studies at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (joined in 1995) Fabien discovered video art. He was trained by various video artists (Joel Bartoloméo Pascal Nottoli , Eric Duyckaerts , etc) .
He first experimented with the creation of installations and cinematic objects.

From 2001 to 2011, he was in charge of Ginger & Fred video Bar’s programming at La Maison de la Danse in Lyon. He discovered the choreographic field and the importance of this medium in the dissemination, mediation and pedagogical approach to dance alongside Charles Picq, who was a brilliant video director and the director of the video department at that time.

Today, Fabien Plasson is the video director at La Maison de la Danse and in charge of the video section of, an online international  video library, and continues his creative activities, making videos of concerts, performances and also creating video sets for live performances.

Sources: Maison de la Danse ; Fabien Plasson website

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