Philadelphia Flamenco Festival 2014 Flamenco Philadelphia Dance Israel Galvan


The 2014 Flamenco Festival will feature a series of free educational events as part of the mission to advance the understanding and appreciation of Flamenco within our region’s diverse audience and communities. 


Talks, Reflections + Symposiums:

The Festival’s educational components, spearheaded by Educational Curator, Michelle Heffner Hayes, PhD, will feature lectures and a symposium led by experts with diverse perspectives on flamenco’s history, traditions, import and trajectory. Talks and post performance reflections will be led by the Residency Consultant/Writer, Brenda Dixon-Gottschild, PhD.  The symposium will also feature presentations by dance scholars Lynn Brooks, PhD, Ninotchka Bennahum, PhD and Meria Goldberg, PhD.


Thursday, March 6-8, 2014

TAPAS, Thursday, March 6th with Rosario Toledo & Eun Jung Choi

Where: Drexel University (418 Dance Studio)

3141 Chestnut St., 4th Floor

Time: 7:30PM


TAPAS, Thursday, March 7th with Rosario Toledo & Meg Foley

Where: Drexel University (418 Dance Studio)

3141 Chestnut St., 4th Floor

Time: 7:30PM


TAPAS, Thursday, March 8th with Rosario Toledo & Germaine Ingram

Where: Drexel University (418 Dance Studio)

3141 Chestnut St., 4th Floor

Time: 7:30PM


With Special Guest Dani de Moron!

Post performance discussions lead by Brenda Dixon-Gottschild.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Flamenco for Everyone with Michelle Heffner Hayes

Where: Drexel University (418 Dance Studio)

3141 Chestnut St., 4th Floor

Time: 5PM-6PM


During this interactive session, participants will learn how to view and listen to a traditional flamenco concert. Following a brief overview of flamenco history, we will discuss the roles of the singer, guitarist, dancer and palmero, and how they engage one another. Audience members will learn the musical structures of some basic palos (song forms) and accent patterns, as well as how Flamencos both embody and challenge traditional conventions in performance. Participants will “play” different palmas (hand clapping) rhythms and view excerpts of some of flamenco’s great artists on video.



Sunday, March 9, 2014

Flamenco’s Influence on Visual Arts and Popular Culture

Where: WHYY

150 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Time: 5PM-6PM


Structured as an animated discussion and supported by rich audio and visual examples, four flamenco scholars weigh in on the connections between flamenco and popular culture in varying historical contexts. Lynn Matlock Brooks will delve into the 16th and 17th century traditions that created the framework for the emergence of what we now recognize as flamenco. Meira Goldberg will discuss the figure of La Macarrona, star of the Café Cantante period in Spain at the turn of the 20th century. Finally, Ninotchka Bennahum will contextualize the flamenco body in dialogue with the social and political events surrounding modernism, and additionally trace the legacy of flamenco in Philadelphia. Contemporary context for the discussion will be introduced by Michelle Heffner Hayes to facilitate the interaction. The session will culminate in questions and dialogue with the audience.



Monday, March 10, 2014

Film Screening + discussion of Saura Trilogy — Blood Wedding with Michelle Heffner Hayes

Where: Drexel University

URBN Annex Screening Room

Time: 7PM


Join us for a half-hour informal lecture prior to the screening of Bodas de Sangre/Blood Wedding (1981), the first film of Carlos Saura’s “flamenco trilogy” in collaboration with choreographer Antonio Gades. Based on the play by Federico García Lorca, this exquisite work features a flamenco ballet within a film, a documentary-style narration by Gades and performances by legendary figures such as Cristina Hoyos, Paco de Lucía and José Mercé. Hayes calls attention to the subtle but radical choreographic and filmic interventions by Saura and Gades in different scenes to produce a tender embrace of flamenco’s traditions.



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Gender, Tradition and Technique in Flamenco with Michelle Heffner Hayes

Where: Drexel University

Curtis Hall, Curtis 340

Time: 4:45PM


Flamenco dance technique classes reflect the evolution of the form from its origins among the marginalized classes in Southern Spain to a professionalized, codified vocabulary that is taught across the globe. Prior to the master class with Israel Galván, Michelle Heffner Hayes will provide some context for the development of flamenco as a technique, its gendered conventions and the standardization of its norms. Artists like Galván use flamenco as a language to embrace and disrupt these “codes” for the purposes of artistic expression. The limits of these disruptions reveal the parameters of a tradition that is simultaneously conserved and advanced by innovation.



Friday, March 14, 2014

Pastora performance by Pastora Galván

Where: Drexel University

Mandell Theater


Post performance reflection with Brenda Dixon-Gottschild.
(Performance begins at 8PM)



Saturday, March 15, 2014

Contemporary Flamenco, Cultural Legacy + Experimental Imperative with Michelle Heffner Hayes

Where: Drexel University

URBN Annex Screening Room

Time: 5:30PM-6:30PM


The uneasy relationship between innovation and tradition in flamenco belies its history as a form that is recognizable in its codes, yet resilient enough to sustain itself through continuous change. A look at flamenco’s history reveals its capacity to assimilate specific influences and transform in different contexts.  Contemporary flamenco, for all its experimental tendencies, recaptures some of flamenco’s historic antecedents and imbues them with a new significance. In this lecture, Hayes uses historic descriptions and video clips, from the 20th century to the present, to explore what is introduced and lost in each context, and how these elements shape flamenco as we know it. As an ongoing discussion, the presentation will culminate in questions and comments from the audience.



Sunday, March 16, 2014

La Curva performance by Israel Galvan

Where: Drexel University

Mandell Theater

Post performance reflection with Brenda Dixon-Gottschild

(Performance begins at 3PM)

Philadelphia Flamenco Festival has been supported by:

Master Classes:

The 2014 Philadelphia Flamenco Festival is proud to partner with local universities including Drexel University and Temple University, as well as leading performing arts venues, the Kimmel Center and The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Dance Studio), by offering a master class workshop series featuring Israel Galván, Pastora Galván and Rosario Toledo.


Join us for FREE Master Classes with our featured artists!

Classes are an introduction to Flamenco through the eyes of some of Flamenco’s masters. All levels are welcome and encouraged to join!


Due to a high volume of requests, we are asking that you please register for all master classes here. We look forward to seeing you in the studio!


Temple University

February 27, with Rosario Toledo from 9:40AM-11:10AM

(Not open to the public)


Drexel University (418 Dance Studio)

March 5, with Rosario Toledo from 5:30PM-7:30PM

March 11, with Israel Galván from 5:30PM-7:30PM

March 15, with Pastora Galván from 10:00AM-12PM


The Kimmel Center (Innovation Studio)

March 12, with Israel Galván from 3PM-5PM


The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Dance Studio)

March 14, with Pastora Galván from 11AM-1PM