Interview: Rocio Molina

Tuesday 12 March 2013 by Carmel Smith

Rocio Molina. Photo: Felix Vazquez

Rocío Molina is at the forefront of modern flamenco. Widely regarded as ‘one to watch’, there are three chances to see this exciting young artist in this year’s Flamenco Festival London. She’s performing in her own show Danzaora, with Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía – and she’s showing some experimental work in progress, with video and hip hop artists which she’s developing as a Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate…

The title of your show, Danzaora, describes the unique dance language you have developed – could you explain a bit about it – the elements which are a part of it?
When I saw this painting La Torre de Babel, by Pieter Brueghel the elder, I realised my body, movements and thoughts have several similarities to it…

It’s a painting full of dualities, the order verses the chaos, the classical verses the avant-garde. The left side is totally opposite to the right side, but the piece only makes sense when there is a union of both parts. The counterpoint is the reason and cause of the beauty and harmony of the piece, and this is what I find in my movement when I start creating: conflict, tradition, avant-garde, risk, disorder, circles and broken forms.

Is it important to you to be moving/developing the art form?
It’s important for me to feel alive. If I am static, keeping the same artistic state without a unique vision or thought, I feel like, somehow, something is dying. The only way the water doesn’t dry up is by making sure it keeps moving, and allowing it to flow anyway it can. That’s the way I feel.

You are a Sadler’s Wells New Wave Artist – what does that mean to you?
I like how the audience of this wonderful theatre can follow the evolution and development of an artist. I go there almost every year to show my work. Sharing my experiences, state and worries in this way makes me connect with the London public in a special way.

You’ll also be showing some work in progress, in which you are collaborating with video artist Yoav Segal and hip hop artists Sébastien Ramirez and Honji [24 Mar]. Is this going to be something very different for you?
It will be different because in this project we will allow the spontaneity to create directly on stage. We will play with improvisation and new experiences will come up. We are inventors from different disciplines, sharing our art. I am sure we will get unexpected reactions. This is our goal, to perform as we’ve never imagined before.

And you’ll be dancing with Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía [21 – 23 Mar] – do you enjoy being part of a larger ensemble as well?
I really enjoy dancing with the Ballet, I learn so much from all the dancers. I like to observe how they work as a team and there is a really positive atmosphere that helps make the experience very enjoyable between colleagues.

Tell us about Metáfora – the piece you are dancing with them..
Metáfora is a show that follows a classical company style. It’s interesting that a young director keeps this vision of the traditional essence of Ballet Flamenco. Very clean movements; symmetrical, colourful, the ballet keeps all these traditional characteristics, while having a freshness brought by a young director (Ruben Olmo). All the dancers are magnificent, all very special and they bring a fantastic energy and excitement to their performance.

And finally – what do you like about spending time in London? Are there any places you especially like to visit when you are here?
What I enjoy the most in London is waking up early, having breakfast and walking to Sadler’s Wells. Once there I spend all my time in the studios, creating.
Then I eat something and straight to the dressing room to get ready for the show.
Something I love, my little reward is, at the end of the day, to have a good Japanese dinner with my colleagues. Maybe it’s simple, but is what I love doing and will keep doing in London.

Catch Rocío Molina in Flamenco Festival London performances:
Danzaora, Sadler’s Wells, Tue 19 March,
Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía,Sadler’s Wells Thu 21 – Sat 23 March
In Progress, Lilian Baylis Studio, Sun 24 March

Danzaora review, 20 March 2013

Photo: Felix Vazquez
Translation: Sandra Castell-Garcia