The all-female ensemble of Pasión y Arte invites you to experience the images, sounds and feelings of the feminine and masculine worlds, and explore the many conflicting definitions of the 21st century “woman”. Cómplices is Pasión y Arte’s first outside commissioned work by world-renowned Flamenco artist, Rosario Toledo, with original composition by Spanish Flamenco composer/guitarist, Dani de Morón and Cuban composer/percussionist, François Zayas.
March 1, 2014 (1PM + 4PM)
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA
The 2012 Philadelphia Flamenco Festival headliner, Rosario Toledo, will present a series of performances entitled TAPAS. TAPAS will be the culmination of a month-long residency with Philadelphia artists Eun Jung Choi, Meg Foley and Germaine Ingram. The Residency/ Consultant Writer, Brenda Dixon-Gothschild, PhD, will lead a reflection and talkback session after each TAPAS performance. Join us for these “small but tasty” performance treats!
March 6-8, 2014 (7:30PM)
Rosario Toledo is an artist who regularly seeks out collaborators from art forms beyond flamenco such as musicians, actors, theater directors, and dancers. Ms. Toledo’s artistry employs the subversion of gender roles, theatrical drama, improvisations, and humor in a dynamic method to engage with inner dialogues. Vengo is a piece she created in 2012 to perform in the streets of her hometown, Cádiz. It is a performance art piece that embraces caricatures as Toledo exaggerates postures, uses comic theatricality and adds contemporary dance vocabulary to her movements in perfect “compass” (rhythmic units). The performance is a journey that gracefully switches in and out of the flamenco idiom.
March 9, 2014 (7:00PM)
150 N. 6th Street
Pastora is an innovative performance, choreographed by Israel Galván and danced by Pastora Galván, which provocatively questions flamenco’s cultural conventions. While traditional flamenco components ground Pastora, the piece is invigorated by unique musical arrangements and Pastora’s bold character performance. Pastora’s costumes and performance evoke the bygone eras of flamenco, and caricaturizes both the male and female personas reminiscent of Sevilla villages from the past. In this piece, Pastora tenaciously disobeys the flamenco archetypes of female beauty, and of duende as mother and earth, by embracing ugliness, vulgarity and absurdity. Ms. Galván digs into the more physical and strenuous aspects of flamenco, vigorously stamping out the zapateado (footwork) and exaggerating female characterizations with irony and relish.
March 13-14, 2014 (8PM)
Drexel University’s Mandell Theater
Philadelphia Flamenco Festival has been supported by:
La Curva features Inés Bacán’s spare singing and Sylvie Courvoisier’s atonal and dissonant compositions, which bear no resemblance to what we know of flamenco music. When there is no musical accompaniment, Mr. Galván listens intently to his own body and explores the silence by creating a score using rhythms from his footwork, his snapping fingers, and even his voice. Israel Galván is indeed known for his rhythmic experimentations, composing phrases that fragment rather than smoothly blend into traditional rhythms. He additionally reorganizes the sequence of song and guitar measures, invoking unusual emotional weight to his dynamic steps and directional changes. Galván’s innovations uproot flamenco by taking its movement into an abstract realm and infusing the classical style with a distinct personal aesthetic. Much of his work uses interactive lighting and objects in unorthodox settings to contemporize the mood of a highly stylized flamenco recital. What is inescapable is Mr. Galván’s mastery of control, movement and stillness. Through the dozens of works he has created since founding his own company in 1996, Galván has revolutionized the conceptual possibilities of flamenco with these experimental investigations into choreography and staging.
FREE reception included with your 3/15 ticket purchase!
March 15, 2014 (8PM)
FREE reception with ticket purchase from 6:30-8:00PM
March 16, 2014 (3PM)
Drexel University’s Mandell Theater