Festival 2017


La Moneta – consists of dancer/choreographer Fuensanta “La Moneta”; cantaors, Juan Ángel Tirado and Sergio Gómez “El Colarao”; and guitarist, Luis Mariano.

FUENSANTA “LA MONETA” – Hailing from Granada, Spain, Fuensanta “La Moneta” possesses a deep expressive dramatic quality and an incredible mastering of compás (the intricate flamenco rhythm). Her innate talent allows her to dance even the most difficult styles, as easily as she breathes the ancient form of art, although her approach seems contemporary, her dancing style seems as ancient as the flamenco that flows through her veins.

“La Moneta” combines her studies with her work in ‘zambras’ and ‘tablaos’ and was tutored by the best teachers in flamenco Javier Latorre, Mario Maya, Juan Andrés Maya, Juana Amaya, Matilde Coral, Isreal Galván among others. Following her performance in the Sala Suristán in Madrid at the age of 16, she was interviewed by Alma 100 and was on the cover, purporting her as the most outstanding flamenco dancer born in the Eighties. Since then, Fuensanta “La Moneta” has danced in many Flamenco Festivals and in theatres of several countries, such as, Europe, Asia and America. She joined Javiar Latorre’s Company to work in the flamenco ballet play “Traina, en el nombre de la rosa” and “Rinconete y Cortadillo”. She also took part in the flamenco show “Homenaje a Fosforito” (Homage to Fosforito) in the Cordoba National Competition and in the movie “Por qué se frotan las patitas” by the director Álvaro Vegines. In 2012, she premiered “La Moneta, paso a paso” at the Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla.

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CHRISTINA TREMBLAY As a young artist from Quebec, she was part of the folk group, Les Farandoles where she danced and taught jazz, classical ballet, international dance, music hall and flamenco. In collaboration with Les Farandoles, as a dancer and a choreographer, she was part of major shows such as “Ecce Mundo” and “Paris-Folies” performing in front of a 400,000 people audience. A recipient of several grants, among which the Canada Council for the Arts, she pursued her dream and perfected her technique in the mother land of Flamenco: Spain under the tutelage of many flamenco greats; Isabel Bayon, Joaquin Grilo, Olga Pericet, Maria Carmen Guerro, Juan Polvillo, Felipe Mato among many others.

In 2000 she formed the group Duet Duende with Quebec guitarist, Roger Boudreault and joined with other flamenco enthusiasts which later become Vida Flamenca. The group has performed on several stages of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and many more in Quebec. They had the opportunity to perform in collaboration with singer Jose Luis Perez and guitarist Caroline Planté. Since 2008, they had performed in Peña Flamenco in Montreal and has collaborated with world renowned guitarist Oscar Guzman. In 2013, Christina Tremblay was invited to perform as part of the Mis Hermanas Tour. In 2016 – 2017 she produced a presentation with guitarist and singer, Marcos Marin, renowned artist, Katherine Oliveri and guitarist Roger Boudreault in Montreal and Saguenay.

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CALLE VERDE – “liminal” featuring the talents of Peter Mole – Flamenco Guitarist, Michelle Harding – Flamenco Dancer, Maria Avila – Flamenco dancer and Singer.

We have all had this sensation: waking from a dream so vivid that we question whether it was real or not. Our dream draw from our conscious lives. They are the mechanism by which we integrate and process our experiences through the lenses of memory and imagination. They can be terrifying or comforting. They can bring us answers to questions we can’t even formulate when we’re awake. liminal explores this transitional space between lived experience and the creative process that infuses experiences with personal meaning – the space that connects the life of the body with the life of the mind. Calle Verde established itself in 2014 as a group of flamenco artists steeped in tradition, but not necessarily traditional. It is a forum for experimenting with musical and choreographic ideas that soften the boundaries between flamenco and other forms. Their aim is to present works that are authentic to the artists’ experiences, backgrounds and influences while maintaining a deep reverence for traditional flamenco forms and expressions. Their open-minded approach allows unconventional influences to flavour their performances. Calle Verde creates their work from a transitional crossroads, where flamenco intersects with other genres like rock, samba, jazz and Celtic music. liminal features music by Brazilian artists Baden Powell, Lenine and Hector Villa Lobos.



FIN DE FIESTA – Fin de Fiesta Flamenco is a vibrant music and dance ensemble comprised of award-winning artists from Europe and North America. Based in Seville, Spain, Fin de Fiesta brings together flamenco dance, song, guitar, flute and percussion in an explosive, stage-ready celebration of this passionate Andalusia art form. Its members have toured the world (Japan, China, Mexico, Ecuador, the U.S.) and completed a 23-show national tour of Canada (outdoor festival venues and theatres). The group features dancers Lia Grainger, Deborah Dawson; flautist, Lara Wong; guitarist Dennis Duffin; singer, Alejandro Mendia and percussionist Davide Sampaolo.

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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 | 8:00PM

FLAMENCO ROSARIO – “NUEVO, NEW, NOVEAU” – In her ongoing exploration of Flamenco, Artistic Director and Choreographer Rosario Ancer, in collaboration with Musical Director Victor Kolstee, will be presenting a set of new choreographies by Karen Lugo and Rosario Ancer, in which they deconstruct the art form and challenge the way we perceive flamenco. Featuring the talented and sensational Madrid-based guest artists Karen Lugo, she will be joined on stage by Rosario Ancer, Victor Kolstee and Flamenco Rosario dancers: Melanie Meyers, Afifa Eidher, Bonnie Stewart, Katia Flores, Megan Asher and Yurie Kaneko, singer Momi de Cadiz (Spain) and percussionist Alvaro Rubio (Mexico).

Flamenco Rosario was founded in 1989 by Artistic Director Rosario Ancer and Musical Director Victor Kolstee. With its Flamenco Festival, mainstage performances, and Cuadro Flamenco series and Professional Training Program, Flamenco Rosario takes pride in creating a platform for Flamenco and young flamenco dancers to flourish in the city of Vancouver. With a loyal, solid and enthusiastic audience, the company usually plays to sold out houses. The company is graced by local talent and guest artists of the highest caliber from around the globe. The company entered a new international phase touring its award-winning production Mis Hermanas in Mexico in 2010, for which Artistic Director Rosario Ancer was awarded the Isadora Award for Excellence in Choreography; she was also honored with The Mayor’s Arts Award 2012” in Dance, as one who captures Vancouver’s rich history and culture, and for making a significant contribution to the creative life in the city and enriching the lives of Vancouver citizens.

As part of Made In BC touring initiatives for contemporary dance, Mis Hermanas completed a spring tour in of 2013 in British Columbia, and the Yukon, to critical acclaim. The company it’s been also selected to tour through British Colombia one of its recent works “La Monarca: The Monarch and The Butterfly Effect” in the spring of 2018.

Karen Lugo (Photo Credit Unknown)


SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2017 | 8:00PM

A musical evening featuring Mercedes Amaya Company artists, hosted by guitarist Victor Kolstee and guest artists (TBA).

Victor Kolstee. (Photo©TimMatheson)

Musical Director & Guitarist Victor Kolstee. (Photo©TimMatheson)