The Spiegeltent is the perfect venue to bring the world stage to the Village Green and next month, as part of the Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival, Ida Y Vuelta, an intimate, fiery, soulful story about the journey of Flamenco, will light up the stage with untamed passion.
Featuring a 12-strong cast of dancers and musicians, who were brought together from all corners of the world for their exceptional talent, the show is presented with a deeply passionate sense of culture, community and celebration.
Headed up by international Flamenco dancer Roshanne de Silva Wijeyeratne, who has recently returned from her annual performance season in Spain, her Adelaide-based Flamenco company, Compañia Alma Flamenca, comes to New Zealand for the first time and exclusively to the festival, after sold out shows in major cities around Australia.
Ida y Vuelta translates to There and Back and is a specific collection of Flamenco songs dedicated to the recent travellers who brought new influences into Flamenco. Compaña Alma Flamenca performs well-known Flamenco styles, exploring the funk of Afro-Cuban rhythms in a Tanguillos de Cádiz, the unmistakeable sounds of the Argentinean Tango in a haunting Milonga, and dancers light up the stage with fluttering fans to the Cuban-influenced Guajiras. The incredible musical ensemble, with Jerezano Paco Lara at the helm, exude the Flamenco Puro sound.
If you like passion, bodywork, footwork, rhythm and communicative improvisation this is for you.