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Just love this video filmed by my friend Amanda Krivograd post Pena Flamenca gig at The Newsagency, Marrickville in June 2012.

Post flamenco at the Newsagency

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Cronulla Fiesta 2012

Each year Cronulla celebrates cultural diversity with the annual Fiesta @ the Beach at Dunningham Park.

In 2012, entertainment will included Bollywood performances, Greek and Can-Can dancers, Te Amo from Peru, Polynesian dancers and drummers, Brazilian Latin dancers, Salsa Kingz and the Vietnamese Dong Tam Lion Dance.

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Aperitif was French and Mediterranean tapas bar and restaurant, owned by celebrity chefs Manu Feldel and Miguel Maestre.
Every Thursday night during the colder months of 2011, we would rug up and descend on Kellet Street Potts Point to immerse ourselves in a weekly dose of paella, churros con chocolate and live flamenco featuring artists of Flamenco Australia- with guest dancers and guitarists. Sadly, it closed its doors at the beginning of 2012. Photographs taken by A. Krivograd 191648_1862858249707_1188507830_2198543_5305133_o (2)202215_1889509355968_1188507830_2233313_7912810_o (2) 192231_1896846939403_1188507830_2242856_8065126_o (2)191244_1921657519652_1188507830_2253779_7810362_o (2)

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Yasmin Levy: Australian Tour

Yasmin Levy is one of the world’s finest interpreters of Ladino music of the Sephardim, the Spanish Jewish tradition that developed after the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492.

In November 2012, she was interviewed by ABC Radio National on the Music Show ahead of her Australian Tour. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/musicshow/yasmin-levy/4386246

She performed at the Factory Theatre Marrickville on Saturday 17th November http://www.liveguide.com.au/Events/795790/Yasmin_Levy/Yasmin_Levy_Australian_Tour_2012

Youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/ishayamir?feature=watch

Website http://www.yasminlevy.net/

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Flamenco sin Fronteras meanng “Flamenco without borders,” combined classical flamenco with the songs and dance of various Latin American countries, particularly those of South America, and explores the musical relationship between Spain and its former colony Venezuela.

In the first set, the two cultures are presented as separate entities, the flamenco musicians –  in black seated on one side of the stage, and the Venezuelans – in white – on the other. In the second set, the cultures merge as Pena joins the Venezuelan musicians in a mesmerising, polyrhythmic Afro-Latin medley. The finale features the whole troupe, playfully exchanging ideas and improvisations in a demonstration of shared cultures and irresistible joy.

For the last forty or so years Paco Pena has been sharing his art with Australia.In the seventies he toured his solo guitar shows and more recently returned to Australia with his flamenco dance company of  flamenco musicians, singers, and dancers. Recent performances by Paco Pena and his flamenco dance company at the Sydney Theatre include ‘Flamenco sin Fronteras – Flamenco without borders’ 2010,  ‘A Compas! To the Rhythm’ in 2008 and Art Y Pasion  in 2005.

References:

http://www.australianstage.com.au/201107284609/reviews/melbourne/flamenco-sin-fronteras-|-paco-pena-flamenco-dance-company.html

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/paco-pena-flamenco-sin-fronteras-20110727-1i032.html#ixzz2FHjMe9Db

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Dunas – Interview and Rehearsal August 2012

‘María Pagés is the ‘flamenco dancer with the endless arms’, and Sidi Larbi is like liquid in the way he moves. The music, the lights, everything about it just takes you away.’ Rafael Bonachela
Another unforgettable performance during the opening of the 2012 Spring Dance Festival at the Sydney Opera House. With a live score composed by Szymon Brzoska and Rubén Lebaniegos, ‘Dunas’ meaning sand dunes, combined touches of Flamenco and Arabic music featuring two singers, piano, guitar, violin and percussion.

In London last year Pagés performance in Dunas inspired the critic, Clement Crisp, into an uncharacteristic shiver of delight: “Her feet [are] driven by the trills and thunders of her art, with castanets that purr and cry and live. Every step, every action, every stormy flurry and every yielding pose, speak of movement as hypnotic as any you may wish to see. Her demons become ours as she dances”

References:

http://flamencoaustralia.org/live/shows/maria-pages-to-perform-in-sydney/

http://dancelines.com.au/spain-morocco-merge-amber-glow/

Website http://www.mariapages.com/en_index.php

YouTube account http://www.youtube.com/user/mariapages?feature=watch

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Paloma Gomez is a former principal dancer with both the Ballet Nacional de Espana and Nuevo Ballet Espanol. I will never forget the experience of seeing  her perform at the Adelaide Festival Centre  in 2010.

Her tour was  funded by the Ministerio de Cultura de España (Spanish Ministry of Culture), The Australian National University and Arts SA.

Paloma regularly travels to Australia to give workshops to local flamenco schools. See http://flamencoaustralia.org/tag/paloma/

Website http://www.palomagomez.com.es

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