This Flamenco choreography, inspired by the values of personalities such as García Lorca and Nina Simone, arrives on the island on the 21st of January.


The Auditorio de Tenerife offers on Sunday, 21 January, at 7:30 p.m. in the Symphony Hall the show titled Paraíso de los Negros, by the dance company María Pagés Compañía. The Andalusian creator and winner of the National Dance Award (Creation) 2002 features in this flamenco choreography with singing and live music. The tickets are on sale for €15.

Paraíso de los Negros draws inspiration from the tension between the principles of freedom and authority that cross Poet in New York by Federico García Lorca, the essence of opposites that is distilled in the homonymous work of Carl Van Vechten, the telluric philosophy of the Négritude of Leopold Sedar Senghor and the claims of the desire expressed by Nina Simone.

The work is about the perpetual pursuit of happiness but explores human limits and limitations. Paraíso de los Negros is constructed around choreography, music, singing, lighting, stage design, costumes, and a dramatic account of the tensions created by boundaries which are real, fictitious, specific, symbolic and their consequent violence and aggression on human consciousness.

The rhythm of the work seeks the tranquillity of the balance of the desired common house. However, it is inspired by the arrhythmia, anomalies, disorder and asymmetry produced by the existential anguish that leads people to assert life and coexistence as our inalienable fundamental rights.

The show is directed by El Arbi El Harti, who is in charge of the dramaturgy, and Pagés, who is also responsible for the choreography, musical direction and costume design. The artistic duo created the scenography together. Their team is completed by the lighting designer Pau Fullana and Enrique Cabañas with the sound design.

Pagés' dancing is joined by the Flamenco singers Ana Ramón and Cristina Pedrosa, Rubén Levaniegos on guitar, Sergio Menem on cello, David Moñiz on violin and the percussion of Txema Uriarte.

Pagés was also awarded the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts in 2014, the Culture Prize of the Community of Madrid in 2007 and the IV Culture Award of the University of Seville in 2016. In 2015, Santiago de Chile recognised her show Utopia as the Best International Dance Work.

The 10 Giraldillo awards of the Flamenco Biennial of Seville confirm her status as one of the most essential Flamenco dancers and choreographers. In 1990, she created María Pagés Company. Since then she has had a repertoire of over 20 works.

The tickets are available on the website, at the auditorium's box office or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. The tickets can be purchased at a price of €15, but there are special discounts for the audience under 30 years of age, students, unemployed and large families.