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 is the niece of the great flamenco dancer, Carmen Amaya. She is also the daughter of Antonia Amaya and singer Chiquito de Traina. She began her career in the 80s, in the most important tablaos and then crossing international forums, first in Latin America, Japan and more recently, in Spain. In the early nineties, she begins the formation of her own company, which operates in major international forums. Her show, Fuente Vieja, is presented in the room Miguel Covarrubias in 1992 and in 1994, performed in the Palace of Fine Arts, in the International Festival of Dance Day .

In 1995, she inaugurated the grand festival of Acapulco and presented his shows, Canastero (1996 ) and Calle Gitana (1997 ). In September of the same year, she opened the first international festival of dance and theater in the city of Lima, Peru. Her 2005 presentation in the Albuquerque Flamenco Festival was also presented in Madrid, in the tablao “Casa Patas” 2006 Festival of Mont Marsan, France. She shared the stage with Gerardo Núñez, 2007 Mexico bullring in the “Red Bull X-Fighters” event for 40,000 people. In September this year, she will make an extensive tour of the most important cities in Japan. In mid-2011 she performed the presentation of “Amaya Bloodline”, which garnered a resounding success with 2 sellout shows in the theater, “Teatro de la Ciudad” Esperanza Iris. In 2015 she presented “Temperance” in the flamenco festival held at the Palace of Fine Arts where the dancer Sara Baras was also involved.  She also presented the show, “Memories”, by Antonio Canales, sharing the stage with Pastora Galván and Adela Campallo.

¡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  – 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 Monrca: The Monarch and The Butterfly Effect” in the spring of 2018.

Flamenco Rosario is known for its spirited, fiery, creative and original performances and collaborations. The company continues to honor both the rich flamenco tradition and to produce presentations, which stretch the boundaries and evolution of the art form.

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)