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In April 2014, Paco Pena and his Dance Company returned once again to Sydney with ‘Flamencura’. In the past, productions have included imaginative and often cross-cultural musical fusions. The last production to reach Australia’, ‘Flamenco sin Fronteras’ translating to ‘Flamenco without borders’, told the story of the Venezuelan musical influences in flamenco, emanating from a history of Spanish colonisation in Latin America.

This year however, there was a strong emphasis on paying tribute to flamenco’s heritage, the light and the shade. The minimalistic staging helped the roots of flamenco cante, dance and guitar to shine through, allowing the audience to experience the kaleidoscope of emotions which is so characteristically flamenco. The happiness of the Alegrias, the loneliness of the Solea, the suffering of the Martinete and the profound darkness and tragedy of the Peteneras.

The haunting images evoked in the Peteneras by the apparition of the black veiled Aranda behind fellow dancer Angel Munoz, who tragically succumbs to the veil of mortality, was spine-chilling. The second half of the show opened with a lone cantor singing the Martinete surrounded by a group of palmeros, culminating in a dance of the oppressed to the call of the heart-pounding rhythm of what sounded like percussive church bells.

By the end of the show, the flamenco heartbeat was so strong, you could literally feel the hearts and hands of the audience beating together as one in a very well deserved standing ovation.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/paco-penas-flamencura-pays-tribute-to-flamencos-heritage-20140408-36b3k.html#ixzz2ynncdbtQ


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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.




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