Association Andalouse Alhambra

Compagnie Flamenco Vivo

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Since November 19th of 2010, UNESCO declared Flamenco one of the masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Luis de la Carrasca's Biography

(cantaor – artistic director of the Cie Flamenco Vivo)
Author-Composer – Member of SACEM, SACD and SPEDIDAM.

Originally from Huéscar (province of Grenada), he grew up in rural Andalusia amidst the world of Flamenco and around the gypsy dancer Juan Ramirez. He then performed in his country until 1991 when he went to live in France. He is self-taught : he has inherited his gift for "el Cante" from his ancestors.

Luis de la Carrasca performed for the first time at the Avignon Festival Off in 1991. Everything took off from then, he created the compagny « FLAMENCO VIVO » and at each Avignon Festival Off (from 1991 to 2017), he mounted and performed a new show.

Since then his group has been constantly evolving as he discovers and surrounds himself with new artists and young French and Andalusian talent.

Luis de la Carrasca integrated Flamenco in dramatic and classical plays.

In 1994 he took part in the French film “Dis-moi oui’ by Alexandre Arcady.

He was also the one who initiated the Andalusian Festival organised by the Andalouse Alhambra Association in Avignon and the Vaucluse Region.


The main events, festivals and theatres where Luis has performed in France are :

Avignon Festival : a new show every year since 1991 at different theatres : L’Oulle Theatre, Balcon Theatre, Espace Saint Bénézet, Le Petit Louvre Theatre et La Luna Theatre)
Flamenco Festivals at Mont Marsan, Nîmes, Gorbio, Chateauneuf de Grasse, Crest
Sacred Music Festival at the Abbaye of Sylvanès
"L'Espagne des Trois Cultures" Festival in Marseille
"Les Escales" of Saint Nazaire
Tour d’Aigues Festival

"National Venues" :
La Comédie, Saint Etienne ;
L’Atrium, Fort de France (Martinique Island)
Centre Culturel André Malraux, Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy

Theatres :
La Reine Blanche heatre, La Madeleine Theatre, Marigny Theatre
Antoine Theatre and Lierre Theatre in Paris
Le Pin Galant Theatre in Mérignac
Saint-Maur-des-Fossés Theatre
Champfleury Theatre, Saint Denis
Le Tampon Theatre, Réunion Island
Theatre Municipal in Charleville Mézières,
Longjumeau Theatre, Odéon Theatre in Nîmes...

Other venues :
Auditorium de Vaucluse « Jean Moulin » in Le Thor
Espace Julien in Marseille
Le Sémaphore in Trébeurden
Le Scarabée in La Verrière
Le Petit Vélo in Clermont-Ferrand
L’Astronef in Marseille
Espace des Arts in Le Pradet
Centre Culturel La Maline in la Couarde/Mer
Auditorium « Espace Rachi » in Paris
Centre Culturel « La Charité » in Carpentras

The main events, festivals and theatres where Luis has performed abroad are :

Canada : International Jazz Festival of Montréal
Bahrain : Festival
Morocco : Festival Mawazine, Festival Signes and Culture Timitar in Agadir
Tunisia : Festival Musiqat à Sidi Bou Said, Sfax Municipal Theatre
Spain : Madrid Sur Festival, Peña Flamenca at Badalona, Huéscar Arenas (Andalousia)
Russia : European Spring Festival in Arkhangelsk
Austria : Donau Festival, Vienna
Belgium : Waregen Cultural Centre, Leopolsburg Cultural Centre and Dismuik Cultural Centre, "Au Fil des Voix" Festival in Liège
Luxembourg : Esch sur Alzette Theatre
Switzerland : Jorat Theatre in Lausanne, Orangerie Theatre in Geneva and Fribourg Music Festival, Valère Théâtre in Sion, L’Heure Bleue Theatre in La Chaux de Fonds
Romania : Festival Povesti Prichindel in Alba Iulia
Algeria : Festival Culturel Maghrébin of andalusian music in Koléa...

And many other venues, festivals... in France and abroad.

Incidental Music

Luis de la Carrasca has also composed music for plays in which he has directed the parts with flamenco music :

« Carmen Flamenco » d’après l’œuvre de Bizet et de Mérimée
Création juillet 2017 au Théâtre du Chêne Noir
Mise en scène : Jean-Luc Paliès
Collaboration artistique avec les compagnies Influenscènes et Coïncidences Vocales
Production déléguée Alhambra en coproduction avec le Théâtre de Saint Maur et Scène et Cies

« Yerma » adaptation of the novel of Federico García Lorca
Direction : Prosper Diss
An Alhambra and Sablier Theatre coproduction created in March 2015 for the 14th Andalusian Festival.

« Mariana Pineda »
Theatrical adaptation Flamenco from short-lived of Mariana Pineda, héroin from Granada
Direction : Prosper Diss
An Alhambra and Sablier Theatre coproduction created in March 2012 for the 11th Andalusian Festival.

« El Cordobés »
adaptation of the novel « Or I’ll dress you in mourning… » by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins
Direction : Prosper Diss
An Alhambra and Sablier Theatre coproduction created in March 2010 for the 9th Andalusian Festival.

This is the faithful story of the toreo “El Cordobes” ans his rise to fame. From poverty to glory, the artists follow in El Cordobes’ footsteps and will tell, sing and dance to narrate the tragic and passionate story of modern Sapin.

« Ola Federico »
A play inspired by two novels by Frederico García Lorca :
“The Shoemaker’s Prodigious Wife” and “Blood Wedding”.
Direction : Prosper Diss
A 2007 Creation by the Sablier Theatre

Driven by the Flamenco music and dance, this adventure leads two youg actors to know Frederico Garcia Lorca the man, the poet, the playwright, the musician... It is such a rich journey that both He and She eventually recognized themselves in Frederic!

« Spontanément Flamenco » (“Spontaneously Flamenco”)
This show springs from an enchanting meeting in 2006 between Luis de la Carrasca – Cie Flamenco Vivo and the Improvisation Company from Lyon. The alchemy led to the co-creation of an improvisation show.

A unique improvisation show in which each artist assist each other to celebrate the fusion of flamenco and theatre improvisation.

« Signé Pombo » (“Signed Pombo”)
Loose adaptation of “Autobiography of General Franco” by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán

Direction: Jean-Luc Paliès
A 2002 Création by the Influenscènes Company

A Spanish writer, Pombo, has to meet an order form his editor who asks him to write a book about Franco’s life. How will this fierce opponent to franquism deal with this demand? How can he write the biography of his worst enemy?

« Le Cid, la légende Flamenco »
(“The Cid, the Flamenco legend”)
by Pierre Corneille
Direction: Thomas Le Douarec
A 1998 Création 1998 – replayed in 2009

This is a Cid completely faithfull to his roots ie Spain, and more precisely Andalusia where Corneille sets the story.

« Théorie et Jeu du Duende »
(Theory and play of the Duende)
In this adaptation of a conference by Federico García Lorca, the words of the Andalusian poet are transcended by the Flamenco music, singing and dancing.

Direction: Serge Barbuscia

A 1997 creation in co-production with the Balcon Theatre.


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