The dancer and choreographer Rocio Molina (Torre del Mar, 1984) has received the Silver Lion of Dance 2022 at the Venice Biennale for “recreate the tradition of flamenco with a poignant contemporary perspective”. Saburo Teshigawara, the Japanese choreographer and dancer, has received the Golden Lion.
In a recent interview with El Cultural Molina, she assured that for her the scene is a sacred place: “I go up to connect with myself and with my truth, and if not, I don’t go up. I believe that there lies that presumed power of transmission, in showing myself without disguise ”.
The Biennale wanted to remember the career of Molina, an artist who has been invited to theaters and festivals around the world, from Avignon to the Barbican Center in London, the City Center in New York, the Esplanade in Singapore, Tanz Im August in Berlin and the Stanislavsky Theater in Moscow.
For the bailaora, whose great passion is the guitar, an instrument that brings her and suggests ideas, “improvisation is a spiritual necessity because you relate to the most instinctive zone with the girl you are, with what you mean at that moment, with your colors, with your energy “.
Next july will present the work in Venice Confession of the Flesh. For the director of the appointment, Wayne McGregor, “Molina’s avant-garde, extravagant and powerfully raw choreographies fuse traditional flamenco with modern dance styles and impulses, improvisations that characterize his unique dance language.”
Molina has coined his own artistic language based on a traditional flamenco style, which respects its essence, but embraces the genuinely new. Radically free, Molina combines technical virtuosity, contemporary research and conceptual risk in his works.
The choreographer has worked with flamenco artists such as María Pagés, Miguel Poveda, Antonio Canales, Israel Galván, and with contemporary arts such as Carlos Marquerie, Mateo Feijóo and Jean Paul Goude.