ARTIST: Joaquín Encinias, dancer PALO: Soleá por Bulería VENUE: El F arol
Soleá por Bulería starts slowly and then finishes fast. It has a rise and fall to it that is fun to work with. The front part, in a medium tempo, allows for a lot of rhythmic interpretations and improv. It’s slow enough to have feeling and expression. The second half, the bulería, gets faster. I use rhythm as a driving force, I use it as an inspiration.” In addition to his skill as a dancer, Encinias is known to be a particularly creative choreographer. Through Yjastros, a flamenco company based at UNM and founded by Encinias, he has the opportunity to use the large playing spaces at the university and to play around with theatrical concepts borrowed from modern dance. In the summer, his art gets simplified in the intimate setting at El Farol, which Encinias says challenges his dancers to focus on detail and connection with the audience.
“This summer our show at El Farol includes choreography that was given to us by Spanish artists who were guest instructors at UNM. We have a program where we bring in four teachers a year, for six to eight weeks each.”