Yinka Esi Graves

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The Disappearing Act



Sat. June 22 at 6:00pm



X Theatre, UNM

The Disappearing Act


The Disappearing Act is Yinka Esi Graves’ first solo production. In this work she draws on her reality as a flamenco dancer of Afro-Caribbean descent and the historical and representational questions this has raised throughout her career. Removal, absence and invisibility become materials with which to create.

The Disappearing Act puts one being on display, La Lala. In a three-part performance, she proposes an experiment in which camouflage and crypsis are the main modes for (dis)appearance and exploring the implications of constantly resisting negation. With dance, live music rooted in flamenco, text and live video, the work presents itself as an experimental flamenco work, in the form of a reimagined Ghanaian Concert Party.

Collaborating in the work are renowned flamenco guitarist Raúl Cantizano, a pioneer of improvisation in this genre; drummer and poet Remi Graves, who approaches the work via hip hop and jazz influenced grooves; and flamenco singer Rosa de Algeciras, who creates new lyrics inspired by the concepts in the piece. The Disappearing Act has been developed through a series of residencies in the UK, Spain and France.

European, African, contemporary, flamenco dance finds its origins through the grace and virtuosity of Yinka Esi Graves… Framed by meticulous dramaturgy, The Disappearing Act is a work that offers an intriguing and powerful interpretation of contemporary flamenco. – La Bâtie

The Disappearing Act

Cast & Credits

Yinka Esi Graves
Dance, Choreography
Rosa de Algeciras
Raúl Cantizano
Musical Direction, Guitar
Remi Graves
Miguel Ángel Rosales
Film/Image Work
Carmen Mori
Lights & Video
Felix Vazquez
Stephanie Court
María Gonzalez Vidal / Trans-Forma Producción Cultural

Learn More About

Yinka Esi Graves

Yinka Esi Graves is a British Flamenco dance artist, practitioner and educator whose choreographic work explores the links between Flamenco and other forms of corporeal expression in particular from an African diasporic and contemporary perspective.
Graves’ university studies are in Art History (Sussex-2005). She has dedicated the last 14 years of her life to flamenco, studying at Amor de Dios in Madrid and later in Sevilla with artists such as La Lupi, Andres Marín, Yolanda Heredia, and Juana Amaya. As a traditional Flamenco dancer, highlights in her path have been accompanying world renowned Spanish artists such as Remedios Amaya and Concha Buika.
Yinka co-founded the contemporary flamenco company dotdotdot dance in 2014. The company presented I come to my body as a question, Yinka’s reimagined Guajira with spoken word artist Toni Stuart, in SAMPLED 2017 at Sadler’s Wells and The Lowry. In 2015 Yinka began a collaborative creation with former principal Alvin Ailey dancer Asha Thomas: CLAY, this work has participated in various European festivals including Dance Umbrella’s ‘Out of the System’ in 2017 (UK) and marked the beginning of Graves’ more investigative and experimental approach to creating. Yinka is currently involved in a number of major productions Chloé Brulé and Marco Vargas’ Cuerpos Celestes and Origen and Dorothée Munyaneza’s work Mailles.
Yinka has featured in seminal film works including Miguel Angel Rosales’ award-winning documentary film: Gurumbé: Canciones de tu Memoria Negra (2016) the first Spanish film to highlight the influence its African population had on Spanish culture, particularly Flamenco. Yinka has subsequently performed alongside the film on its tours to the US, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Graves featured in Baff Akoto’s moving image piece Leaving the Edges and Pedro G. Romero and Gonzalo Garcia Pelayo’s Nueve Sevillas.
Graves’ first solo stage piece The Disappearing Act premiered at the Nimes Flamenco Festival in early 2023. This work is the culminative part of Yinka’s exploration of invisibility as a material. A process that has been articulated through short films, talks, workshops, texts and an exhibition, it will be touring in 2023-24.

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