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Albert Quesada and Zoltán Vakulya interrogate flamenco at Sadler's Wells

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IN their first joint appearance in London, Albert Quesada and long-term collaborator Zoltán Vakulya are presenting OneTwoThreeOneTwo at the Lilian Baylis Studio. A work questioning the language of flamenco, it runs from April 4 to April 5, 2019.

In this UK premiere, Quesada and Vakulya perform alongside one another, using their bodies and voices to ask: what is flamenco? How does this unwritten language – at once a music and a dance – create such intense, immediate communication?

Following a meeting in 2011 at international dance festival ImPulsTanz, Quesada and Vakulya have worked collaboratively on several creations, including Slow Sports (2012), Wagner & Ligeti (2014), Slow Sports Kids (2015) and It’s time (2017).

After experiencing a thrilling flamenco concert in 2015, the pair was inspired to create OneTwoThreeOneTwo, the first of their pieces in which both share the roles of choreographer and performer.

Since its premiere in Charleroi, Belgium in 2015, OneTwoThreeOneTwo has toured internationally, taking in the Venice Biennale and the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Paris.

Quesada and Vakulya said: “Performing at the Lilian Baylis Studio is very exciting for us. We have both performed our own shows in the UK, but never together. After touring OneTwoThreeOneTwo, we are proud and happy to perform in London to share our story.”

As well as supporting new homegrown talent, the Lilian Baylis Studio offers a platform for international distinctive choreographic voices, introducing new artists to Sadler’s Wells in a more intimate setting.

Tickets: £17 – available from the ticket office on 020 7863 8000 or online at www.sadlerswells.com/.

Time: 8pm.

Also at Sadler’s Wells: annual dance taster festival Sadler’s Wells Sampled (February 8 and 9) and BalletBoyz with the double bill Them/Us (March 5 to March 9, 2019).