A special classical concert, performed for the very first time outside Spain, is coming to Bourne Hall on Saturday 18 April, in tribute to Epsom’s hidden dancer – the bohemian prodigy Félix García.
It commemorates a scandal and intrigue involving the biggest artistic names of the early twentieth century – Russian ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev, composer Manuel de Falla and artist Pablo Picasso. Félix García, a young expert dancer brought to London to rehearse for the premiere of new ballet The Three-Cornered Hat, was suddenly arrested in 1919 and committed to an Epsom asylum. Declared dead to the outside world, Félix was confined there for another 22 years, until he died in 1941. He is buried in an unmarked mass grave at Horton Cemetery.
Professionals will perform traditional work featuring piano, violin, song and dance, from composers including: Albéniz, Falla, Sarasate, Bizet, Granados and others, as well as a dance interpretation of Ravel’s Bolero, inspired by Félix’s fate.
On the morning of the performance, musical director and historian Antonio Hernandez Moreno will also deliver a fascinating talk on the untold story of Félix García, charting the shocking results of his challenging research journey into the Spanish dance prodigy’s life, and the surprising evidence he has uncovered.
Antonio will be signing copies of his new book ‘Thirty Castanets for London,’ a novelised presentation of the story of Félix, based on documentary evidence and research.
The talk begins at 11.30am and the performance at 8pm, both at Bourne Hall, Ewell, on Saturday 18 April 2020. The Mayor of Epsom & Ewell will be in attendance, representing the borough.
Tickets are limited so booking in advance online is strongly advised to avoid disappointment.
Thanks to the generosity of the performers, all proceeds will be donated to fitting out the performance space at The Horton – Epsom’s new not-for-profit cultural venue, due to open in Autumn 2020. The Horton Chapel Project was set up by Epsom & Ewell residents, operating as registered charity (no 1167510), Horton Chapel Arts & Heritage Society. thehortonepsom.org.
Thanks to supporters Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, and sponsors Acción Cultural Española.