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El Final De Este Estado De Cosas, Redux

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Reviewed by Paula Citron

El Final De Este Estado De Cosas, Redux
Compañía Israel Galván (Seville)
Théâtre Maisonneuve
Montreal
May 27 and 28, 2011

Inevitably, Eurotrash does make it into the line-up of Montreal’s Festival TransAmériques, the most lavish showcase of international dance and theatre in North America.

Sometimes, however, a show is so bad, that it’s good, or to be more precise, entertaining. Such a one is El Final de Este Estado de Cosas, Redux created by Spanish choreographer/dancer Israel Galván from Seville.

The charismatic Galván fuses flamenco and butoh in this solo show. The way he manipulates and extends his body is magnificent, but his production borders on ludicrous pretension, which is the source of its fascination.

His focus is the Apocalypse, no less, and translated, the title means The End to the Way Things Are. Galván has surrounded himself with 15 musicians, singers and stage hands to pull off his inanities. He dances in sand, on a flimsy, raised platform, and in a coffin. At one point, he sports woman’s breasts, but always is the proud, preening peacock.

Festival TransAmériques continues in Montreal until Jun. 11.

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