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Photo Credit: Vancouver International Flamenco Festival

The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival announces its spellbinding 2016 lineup of local and international flamenco artists, September 10 – 20, 2016, with free workshops and ticketed performances at various Vancouver venues. This year, the festival celebrates flamenco’s Spanish Gypsy origins with the Vancouver premiere of Mercedes Amaya Company (Mexico/Spain), the ensemble belonging to the niece of legendary Romani dancer Carmen Amaya. Audiences can also look forward to sizzling performances by Vancouver’s own Flamenco Rosario & Toque Flamenco, Calgary’s Rosanna Terracciano, and Saskatoon-based ¡ARTE! Flamenco, among others.

What:    Vancouver International Flamenco Festival
When:   September 10-20
Where:  Granville Island
http://www.vancouverflamencofestival.org

ABOUT VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FLAMENCO FESTIVAL

The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival was founded in 1990 by Flamenco Rosario who holds a mandate to develop dance, music works and dance artists, in both the authentically traditional and contemporary innovative styles of Flamenco.  The company explores the possibilities of flamenco by crossing boundaries of history and culture, incorporating dancers from other dance traditions, international dance artists, musicians and vocalists into the development of new work. Ongoing activities for Flamenco Rosario include the popular Cuadro Flamenco series featuring traditional dance styles, the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival showcasing local and national and international guest artists, and Mainstage performances allowing for artistic experimentation. The company continues to honor the rich flamenco tradition and to produce presentations which stretch the boundaries and evolution of the art form.

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Saturday & Sunday September 10 & 11 | 1PM
“Flamenco for Children”
Picnic Pavilion – Granville Island, Free event

Tuesday September 13 | 7PM
“Understanding Flamenco” Lecture and demonstration
Vancouver Public Library, Free event

Wednesday September 14 | 8PM
“Bajo La Influencia” by Toque Flamenco (Vancouver)
Centro Flamenco Studio | Tickets Available Soon
This esteemed Vancouver flamenco troupe (regular performers at Kino Café) will share an eclectic, tongue-in-cheek twist on traditional flamenco palos (song forms). Drawing from classic rock influences, including Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Kansas, U2 and The Police, the artists will nod to their musical idols.

Thursday September 15 | 8PM
“We All Need To Say GOODBYE/ADIOS” by Rosanna Terracciano (Calgary)
Centro Flamenco Studio | Tickets Available Soon
Lauded for her experimental approach to flamenco, Terracciano works at the intersection of flamenco, dance, contemporary performance and short film. The independent artist will offer a poignant meditation on loss with the incorporation of flamenco objects, including peinetas (hair pieces) and abanicos (fans), all to music by acclaimed percussionist Chris Dadge.

Friday September 16 | 6PM
“Contemporary Explorations of Flamenco” workshop by Rosanna Terracciano (Calgary)
Centro Flamenco Studio | Tickets Available Soon

Friday September 16 | 8PM
*Silent auction before show and during Intermission*
“Templanza” by Mercedes Amaya Company (Mexico/Spain)
Vancouver Playhouse Theatre | Tickets Available Soon

Friday September 16 | 8PM
“De Cal, Canto Y Arena” by ¡ARTE! Flamenco (Saskatoon)
Opening for Mercedes Amaya Company
Vancouver Playhouse Theatre | Tickets Available Soon
Saskatoon’s celebrated flamenco instructor and performer, Kari Alba, joins forces with internationally renowned artists Celedonio Garrido (singer), Ricardo Diaz (guitarist), and Alejandro Sie (dancer). Together they will explore the interconnected significance of three of life’s most vital elements – “the salt, the song, the sand” – accompanied by a mix of percussive effects & illuminated projections.

Saturday September 17 | 5PM
“Introduction to Flamenco” workshop
Marcuse Studio – Scotiabank Dance Centre, Free Event

Saturday September 17 | 8PM
*Silent auction before show and during Intermission*
“Templanza” by Mercedes Amaya Company (Mexico/Spain)
Vancouver Playhouse Theatre | Tickets Available Soon

Saturday September 17 | 8PM
“Flamenqueando” by Flamenco Rosario (Vancouver)
Opening for Mercedes Amaya Company
Vancouver Playhouse Theatre | Tickets Available Soon
Five stunning local bailaoras will embody the playful spirit of flamenco in a raucous improvisational work embracing the pure joy of dance. Three generations of Flamenco Rosario students will perform alongside their mentors, Rosario Ancer and Music Director Victor Kolstee while accompanied by Italian percussionist Davide Sampaolo, and Venezuelan vocalist Jafelin.

Sunday September 18 | 8PM
“La Musica Del Flamenco” – Hosted by guitarist Victor Kolstee, featuring cantaor Jose “Cachito” Diaz (Mexico) & guitarist Santiago Enciso (Mexico)
Centro Flamenco |Tickets Available Soon
Flamenco Rosario’s illustrious Music Director and guitarist, Victor Kolstee, will host an intimate evening of sensuous and impassioned flamenco works, featuring several venerated artists of the Mercedes Amaya Company.

Sunday September 18 | 1 -4PM
Flamenco Dance Workshops with Nacho Blanco (Spain) | Basic, Intermediate & Advanced levels
Centro Flamenco | Registration Available Soon

Monday September 19 – Tuesday September 20
Flamenco Dance Workshops with Mercedes “La Winy” Amaya | Basic, Intermediate & Advanced levels
Centro Flamenco | Registration Available Soon


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Dianne

Editor in Chief of Fabulously Frugal in Vancouver.

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