Instituto Cervantes of Bucharest organizes on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, starting at 20:00, at the Painting Hall of the National Theater, in collaboration with “I. L. Caragiale” National Theater, a cello and flamenco dance recital, starring dancer Leonor Leal (who is in Romania for the third time), along with cellist Andrei Kivu.
The show is a very daring cross-over experience, born from the passion of the two artists for Bach’s music, but not only, since the program will also include transcriptions of works by Claude Debussy and Gaspar Cassado.
Tickets can be purchased online or from the Ticket Agency of the National Theater “I.L. Caragiale” (2 Nicolae Balcescu Blvd.), on Monday (10:00-16:00) and from Tuesday to Sunday (10:00-19:00).
Leonor Leal (Jérez de la Frontera, Spain) is a dancer who studied classical and Spanish dance and later flamenco, being asked to dance in renowned companies such as the ones of the masters Antonio “El Pipa”, Andrés Marín, Javier Barón or Cristina Hoyos, among others. Over the time, the passion for flamenco and its continuous training in this kind of dance made her name appear along with those of great artists such as Joaquín Grilo, Antonio Canales, Rafael Campallo, Alejandro Granados, pianists Mie Matsumura, Dorantes, Rosa Torres Pardo or Camerata Flamenco Proyect, guitarist Jose Antonio Ruiz or Rafael Bonavita (baroque guitar).
The premiere of her first solo show, “Leoleolé”, took place in 2008 at the Jerez Festival, where she was extremely nice welcomed by the national and international flamenco critics. Starting with 2008, she combines the dance teacher profession with the soloist and own choreographer work. In 2011 with her second show called “eLe eLe”, she receives the Best Artist – Revelation Award at the Jerez Festival; the show is followed by a tour in Germany next year, at the Duseldorf Festival, in Luxembourg, in different Belgian and Dutch cities. Also in 2012, the premiere of the show “Mosaicos” takes place in the famous Cánovas Theater from Málaga, and she starts tours with this show in France (Paris), United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan.
At the Sevilla Biennial, in 2012, she performed a street dance play, “La mujer Habitada”, directed by Víctor Zambrano, with whom she continued the creation process until the Jerez Festival in 2013, when she performed the show “Naranja Amarga”. In order to enrich her stylistic palette, she creates various short, experimental plays, such as “El verbo en tu Boca” (whose premiere took place at the Sevilla Biennial in 2014), ”Frágil” – the Dusseldorf Festival in 2015, as well as Vídeodanzas, created in collaboration with the video artist Félix Vázquez. Also in 2015, she presents the show J.R.T. in collaboration with dancers Úrsula and Tamara López, directed by Pedro G. Romero, whose premiere took place in February 2016 at Jerez de la Frontera, and develops “Frágil”, a play which she presents at the Dusseldorf Festival in the company of Michio, Maura Morales and Ana Lessing Mengibar. In 2018, she presented the show “Nocturno” in a tour, together with dancer María Muñoz and musicians Antonio Moreno (percussion) and Alfredo Lagos (guitar).
She participates annually, either as a guest professor or as a soloist, in international flamenco festivals such as Festival Ibérica Contemporánea in Querétaro, the Berlin Festival, private dancing centers in Frankfurt, Freiburg, Rome, Bologna, France or Russia. She complemented her artistic career with university studies on the Stage Practice and Visual Cultural under the Master class offered by the Reina Sofia Museum.
Cellist Andrei Kivu was born on July 26, 1970 in Bucharest. He studied cello with Anca Vartolomei in Bucharest, musical analysis with Aurel Stroe, phenomenology with Iancu Dumitrescu and harmonic singing with David Hykes in New York, Paris and Bucharest. He played as a soloist, being accompanied by Orchestre Royal de Wallonie (Mons, Belgium), New York University Orchestra, Radio Romania National Orchestra, Radio Romania Chamber Orchestra, Philarmonia Orchestra, Orchestre Traditions Musicales Francaises, Katowice New Music Orchestra and many others.
His concerts were broadcasted live at many radio and television channels all over the world: ABC Australia, Radio France, Radio Suisse Romande, ORF, TVR, Radio Romania…
Many times, he was invited to teach at the New York University, the “Givat Ram” Music Academy in Jerusalem, University of Minnesota, Cal Arts, the Royal Conservatory of Madrid, Université de Montreal and the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest.
Throughout his career, he received many awards and distinctions, including „2003 International New Music Consortium Award for Outstanding Activities as a Performer, Teacher and Researcher on the New Music” and the “Uchimura 2002” Award (granted by “UNESCO”).
Andrei Kivu is the first Romanian cellist who performed Bach’s Integral of Suites in a single concert (Paris, 2009), the only cellist who made and performed transcriptions for cello after the Sonatas and Partitas for violin by J. S. Bach (Paris, 2017), as well as many other songs for Flute, Lute or Harpsicord. He is also the first Romanian cellist (and the only one, until today) invited to perform at Royal Festival Hall, Lincoln Centre, Merkin Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, Onassis Cultural Centre, Berghain, and at great international festivals such as Wien Modern, Warsaw Autumn, Parramasala (Sydney, Australia), World Music Days (Switzerland), Japan Expo (Paris), SPARK (Minneapolis, USA), CTM Festival for Adventurous Arts (Berlin) or Sacrum Profanum (Krakow, Poland).
His current repertoire (solo and piano accompaniment) includes more than 30 hours of music, a large stylistic diversity: from Bach’s Suites to contemporary, vanguard and experimental music.
He appears as soloist and/or guest of various ensembles on more than 30 CDs and DVDs with a large international distribution; some of the most honorable collaborations are the ones with the prestigious record label Mode Records (New York).
Since 2009, he lives in Paris. Since 2001, he is a member of the International School of Ki, and since 2007 he is a member of the Harmonic Presence Foundation (New York/Paris).