The world premiere of Rey Lear (King Lear), a Flamenco Ballet inspired by the great Shakespearian Tragedy King Lear, was presented on April 1, 2009 at the Manuel Artime Theater as part of the Miami Dance Festival. Ballet Flamenco La Rosa brought to life the timeless themes of Shakespeare’s great play, using Flamenco as a language to interpret the characters and relationships in this tragic drama. Under the direction of Ilisa Rosal, soloists Jose Junco, Virginia Moreno, and Celia Fonta joined guest artists Gabriel Arango, Gustavo Friedenberg and Carolina Catalan to create the characters of Shakespeare's drama.
This production incorporates live music, created and arranged by Guitarist/Singer Paco Fonta in collaboration with company dancers and choreographers. Artists from the U.S, Argentina and Spain bring to this production the spellbinding and earthy power of Flamenco dance at its best. In this Flamenco interpretation, the characters and story come to life in a new way, challenging our imaginations to give a new incarnation to a powerful and timeless work.