Performances

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16  | 8:00PM
VANCOUVER PLAYHOUSE THEATRE
MERCEDES AMAYA COMPANY “LA WINY” (MEXICO/SPAIN) with ¡ARTE! FLAMENCO (SASKATOON) opening the evening

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Mercedes Amaya Company – consists of dancer/choreographer Mercedes “La Winy” Amaya; guitarist, Santiago Enciso; cantaor, Jose Diaz “Cachito” and featuring dancer/choreographer, Nacho Blanco.

MERCEDES “LA WINY” AMAYA – was born in Mexico to Antonia Amaya and flamenco singer, Luis Algaba ‘Chiquito de Triana’. Her parents represent many of the Amaya clan who emigrated from Spain to find fame in the Americas. With talent in her blood, and a mother and father dedicated to this rich, poetic art, Mercedes adopted flamenco as her life passion. In the early 1990’s,she formed Mercedes Amaya Company with husband, guitarist Santiago Aguilar. Upon gaining notoriety in Spain alongside artists such as dancer/film actor Antonio Canales, Mercedes took her company to the U.S. to take part in the National Institute of Flamenco’s festival in Alburquerque, New Mexico. Soon after, Mercedes Amaya Company was called upon by Japan’s prestigious tablao, ‘El Flamenco’ to perform a successful six-month season. Through this various international exposure Mercedes’ solidified her role as a worldwide ambassador for flamenco. Spreading passion for flamenco is a tradition passed to Mercedes by Carmen Amaya (1918-1963).The Spanish Gitano dancer is largely credited for sparking North America’s love for this discipline. Carmen’s mesmerizing ability celebrated from Buenos Aires to Mexico City was famously praised by the great conductor Toscanini, who upon witnessing her cried, “Never in my life have I seen such fire and rhythm!” Carmen captured the mainstream imagination in 1941 during her Carnegie Hall debut.The ‘Queen of the Gypsies’ thereafter rose to superstar status, performing for former President Theodore Roosevelt at the Whitehouse, appearing in eight Hollywood films, and gracing the cover of Life Magazine.

In Templanza, festival audiences will for the first time encounter the authentic Spanish Gypsy style of flamenco. Mercedes Amaya and her dancers will ignite the Vancouver Playhouse with their vigorous palmas (hand clapping) and frenetic footwork, driven by the gravelly voz afilla (Gypsy style vocals), and raw, guttural guitar. A fiery tribute to flamenco’s vibrant past, including the legacy of Carmen Amaya, Templanza was first presented in 2015 at Mexico City’s prestigious Palacio de Bellas Artes. This electrifying work traces the evolution of flamenco, while revealing the diverse ways, from sumptuous sway to fierce flourish, each member – Mercedes Amaya (dancer), Nacho Blanco (dancer), Jose Diaz ‘Cachito’ (singer), Santiago Aguilar (guitarist) – embodies duende, the spirit of flamenco.

¡ARTE! FLAMENCO – “DE CAL, CANTO Y ARENA”

“Of salt, song and sand” there below we see a fountain; “Of salt, song and sand” my mountain drinks water from the new fountain.

The Salt…the guitar, the fire of the earth, the burning and passion of the kiss that we never shared, lives in our dreams.

The Song…el cante (song) polished by the current of water and wind which move and carry us away.

The Sand…el baile (dance), the earth firmly threshed that escapes from the hands, like life itself.

This is how to understand the name given to the flamenco project, “de cal, canto y arena” which could be said as the fountain of our emotions. Just as in life, there are these three elements which form us and leave us those unforgettable moments. The show explores the expression of these elements in the dance (baile), guitar (toque) and song (cante) with the use of projections where the public can see the significance found within the palos (flamenco forms) selected. With the use of different percussive effects and assorted illumination the idea of the three elements is emphasized.

Mercedes "La Winy" Amaya

Mercedes “La Winy” Amaya

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17  | 8:00PM
VANCOUVER PLAYHOUSE THEATRE
MERCEDES AMAYA COMPANY “LA WINY” (MEXICO/SPAIN) with FLAMENCO ROSARIO (VANCOUVER) opening the evening

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FLAMENCO ROSARIO – FLAMENQUEANDO (flamenco-ing) – the word refers to the action of dancing flamenco, but expresses the pure joy of dancing, singing and playing in flamenco culture.

There is no narrative involved, but the desire to inspire each other.

Featuring Rosario Ancer and Victor Kolstee, and accompanied by a five stunning second and third generation of dancers that hey have mentored, Flamenco Rosario is proud to present these soulful yet playful works.

Joining them on stage guest singer Jafelin and “cajon’ percussionist Davide Sampaolo.

 

Flamenco Rosario "Fast-Forward Rewind" 2015 (Photo©TimMatheson)

Flamenco Rosario “Fast-Forward Rewind” 2015 (Photo©TimMatheson)

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 14  | 8:00PM
CENTRO FLAMENCO STUDIO
TOQUE FLAMENCO (VANCOUVER)

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TOQUE FLAMENCO – “BAJO LA INFLUENCIA” As Flamenco artists raised outside of Spain, Toque Flamenco members grew up being exposed to many different genres of music other than Flamenco. This show is a reflection of the music that has influenced their lives performed as flamenco palos (song forms).  Rock classics are the focus of their inspiration. Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Kansas, U2  and The Police are some of the groups that will be interpreted into a traditional Flamenco performance with voice, guitar, percussion & dance.  The title is a play on words,  just as the composers of these songs were “under the influence” when they wrote the songs that they grew up being “under the influence” of their music.

Toque Flamenco (Photo©DavidLopez)

Toque Flamenco (Photo©DavidLopez)

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 15 | 8:00PM
CENTRO FLAMENCO STUDIO
ROSANNA TERRACIANO (CALGARY)  

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ROSANNA TERRACCIANO – “We All Need To Say GOODBYE/ADIOS” is a meditation on loss, an intimate experience shared between solo performer and each unique audience. It is a visual and movement-based interpretation of things that are lost, and things that are gained. It incorporates elements of live performance and short film; both created and interpreted by Rosanna Terracciano. It is a visual play on objects used in the traditional flamenco dance form, including peinetas (hair pieces) and abanicos (fans). The original musical score is created by experimental percussionist, noise musician and improviser, Chris Dadge, with flamenco guitar by David Matyas. We All Need To Say GOODBYE/ADIOS premiered internationally at the 2014 Bienal de Flamenco Sevilla, and was presented at the premiere edition of the Coetáni Experimental Flamenco Festival in 2015 in Athens. Created with the generous support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Banff Centre and the EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society Open Access Program.

Rosanna Flamenco (Photo©ReynardLi)

Rosanna Terracciano (Photo©ReynardLi)

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 18  | 8:00PM
CENTRO FLAMENCO STUDIO
LA MUSICA DEL FLAMENCO featuring Guitarist SANTIAGO ENCISO (MEXICO), Cantoar JOSE “CACHITO” DIAZ (MEXICO) & Guitarist VICTOR KOLSTEE (VANCOUVER)

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A musical evening featuring Mercedes Amaya Company artists, guitarist Santiago Enciso, singer Jose “Cachito” Diaz along with Musical Director and guitarist Victor Kolstee.

Victor Kolstee. (Photo©TimMatheson)

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