Olé! Fla­menco-fest

Havelock North Village Press - - Front Page -

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.

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