The spectacular avant-garde choreographies of flamenco dancer Rocío Molina have electrified audiences around the world. Her extravagant, mesmerizing and mostly improvised pieces combine traditional Flamenco with modern-dance, avant-garde theatrics, objects, paint, and eclectic music compositions. Impulso is an intimate portrait of Molina, one the dance world’s most passionate artists, as she travels the world to perform her improvised “impulsos” at unusual venues ranging from prisons to modern art museums. Now Molina must prepare for one of her most challenging works ever for a new show at Chaillot National Theater in Paris. Despite Molina’s unconventional stagings and artful theatrical setups, she remarkably manages to maintain her connection to Flamenco’s rich history and traditions.
Country: Spain, France
Runtime: 87 min
Les Films de la Butte (Paris) &
Danza Molina (Seville)
Dorian Blanc &
Vancouver International Film Festival
" The doc is rewarding for the incredible, historic events captured within"
"The woolly mammoth tusk is just the tip of the iceberg in this haunting excavation."
A fascinating, sometimes frightening film which, like its subjects, is perhaps a little too ambitious for its own good”
“...refuses to reduce its complexities down to a snappy conclusion, preferring instead to present its observations and let us do the work for ourselves.”
“The footage is beautifully shot ... The New Siberian Islands, with their stark landscapes and almost unearthly rock formations, are a character unto themselves.”
—Hammer to Nail
ABOUT Rocío Molina
The iconoclastic choreographer Rocío Molina has coined her own artistic language based on a reinvented traditional flamenco style which respects its essence but embraces the avant-garde. Radically free, she combines in her works: technical virtuosity, contemporary research, and conceptual risk. Unafraid to forge alliances with other disciplines and artists, her choreographies are unique scenic events based on ideas and cultural forms ranging from cinema to literature, including philosophy and painting.
Rocío Molina, a restless dancer, was born in Malaga in 1984. She started to dance at the early age of three years old. At seven, she was outlining her first choreographies. At 17, she graduated with honors from the Royal Dance Conservatory in Madrid and became part of the cast of professionals companies with international tours.
At 22, she premiered Entre paredes (Among the Walls), her first work, which was followed by many more self-creations, all of them with a thing in common, a curious and transgressor look at a flamenco style escaping from the well-trodden paths: El Eterno Retorno (The Eternal Return) (2006) Turquesa como el limón (Turquoise as a Lemon) (2006), Almario (2007), Por el decir de la gente (As People Say) (2007), Oro viejo (Old Gold) (2008), Cuando las piedras vuelen (When Stones Fly) (2009), Vinática (2010), Danzaora y vinática (2011), Afectos (Affections) (2012) and Bosque Ardora (Ardora’s Forest) (2014).
At 26, the Spanish Ministry of Culture awarded her the National Award for Dance for “her contribution to the renewal of flamenco and for her versatility and strength as a performer capable of handling the most diverse registers with freedom and courage.”
At 28, after her outstandingly successful performance of Oro Viejo (Old Gold), Mikhail Baryshnikov kneeled before her at the door of her dressing room at New York City Center.
She’s been associated with the Chaillot National Theater in Paris since 2015.
Rocío Molina, a versatile dancer, is one of the Spanish artists with greater international repercussion. Her works have been performed not only in theaters and festivals such as: Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, Lincoln Center in New York, The Esplanade in Singapore, Festival de Otoño, Madrid en Danza, Festival de Nîmes, Festival Dance Umbrella, Flamenco Festival Düsseldorf, Mercat de les Flors, Chaillot Theatre in Paris and Bunkamura in Tokio. But also in renowned temples of flamenco such as Seville’s Flamenco Biennial or Jerez Festival, just to mention some of them.
Throughout her career, not only has she worked with great national flamenco leading figures such as María Pagés, Miguel Poveda, Chano Lobato, Pastora Galván, Manuel Liñán, Belén López, Manuela Carrasco, Antonio Canales or Israel Galván, but also with leading figures of contemporary performing arts, such as Carlos Marquerie, Mateo Feijóo or Sebastién Ramírez.
Her artistic research has been recognized with awards at a national and at an international level (Spanish National Award for Dance, Best Dancer Award in Seville Biennial, Giraldillo Award for Best Choreography, Flamenco Hoy Critic’s Choice Prize for best dancer, Critics Choice Prize awarded by the Chair for Flamenco Studies in Jerez, Gold Medal awarded by the Province of Malaga, 2015 Max Award, nomination to the 2015 Olivier Awards) and with the unanimous praise of the audience and the critics: “A gifted and intelligent dancer” (EL MUNDO), “She’s like the nuclear power within an atom” (STANDARD), “An innate talent for the most racial dance” (El PAÍS), “She is passion personified, urgent, almost red hot, taking over the body and moving it, spasm by spasm, filling it with rage and beauty.” (LA VANGUARDIA), “One of the best flamenco dancers I’ve ever seen” (THE NEW YORK TIMES).
2016 Andalusia´s Day Great Honor for her “contribution to creating a better Málaga”
2016 The UK National Dance Award for her “exceptional artistic ability.”
2015 Max Award for the best choreography for Bosque Ardora.
2015 Nomination to the Olivier Awards for Bosque Ardora.
2011 Gold Medal awarded by the Province of Malaga.
2010 Spanish National Award for Dance.
2009 Critics Choice Prize awarded by the Chair for Flamenco Studies in Jerez for Oro viejo.
2008 Best Dancer Award in Seville Biennial.
2008 Giraldillo Award for Best Choreography.
2007 , Flamenco Hoy Critic’s Choice Prize for best dancer.
Théâtre National Chaillot – Paris – France
Sadler´s Wells – London- United Kingdom
City Center – New York – United States of America
Shinjuku Bunka Center – Tokyo – Japan
Teatro Abadía – Madrid – Spain
Baryshnikov Arts Center – New York – United States of America