Pride. Passion. Love. Sorrow. These universal themes connect the many cultures in America. Through its purity of form, percussive rhythms and engaging intensity, Flamenco Vivo thrills audiences of all ages with an exciting evening of flamenco featuring accomplished musicians and dancers from the U.S. and Spain. The performance will include celebrated repertoire as well as the new work “A Solas” by Ángel Muñoz which the NY Times deemed “…impressive for its compositional finesse.”
Recommended for ages 10+.
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MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST
What the Critics Say...
"...a profound expression of song, dance, and music....deeply moving" ~Palm Beach Daily News
“…myriad shadings and a commanding rhythmic display…” ~The New York Times
“Artistic Director Carlota Santana has been hailed as the keeper of the flame of this time-honored dance form, and Friday night’s sizzling program demonstrated why.” ~ Kansas City Star
“First-rate flamenco swoops and swooshes” ~ Newsday, NYC
“intense, vivid” ~The Washington Post
“The audience at the premiere … is spellbound … they sit stunned … then burst into standing ovation.” ~ Dance Magazine
“The dancing was fun and colorful, the heel-toe work dazzling, and the atmosphere created by the company heated.” ~Back Stage
“The second half of the program jazzed things up, bringing the audience to its feet in a series of show-stopping
flamenco solos...” ~ Albuquerque Journal, NM
“This was a show of graceful, sensuous dance, expressing a host of raw human emotions-evocative of loneliness,
pride, passion and joy” ~The Philadelphia Inquirer
ABOUT THE COMPANY
Building bridges between cultures using the universal spirit of flamenco
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana is known for the purity of its work and the unique and creative way in which it has enriched the art of flamenco. The Company has actively encouraged the creativity and innovation of young artists from both Spain and the U.S. while keeping the Company faithful to the powerful traditions of flamenco.
True to its founding vision, the Company commissions new works with original choreography and music and has premiered a series of dramatic, cutting edge works. Recent creations include Burlador (The Trickster), an innovative dance drama based on tales of the legendary deceiver Don Juan, Bailes de Ida y Vuelta, a journey through Latin America to show how flamenco has been influenced by Caribbean, Latino and Afro-Latino sounds, Bailaor / Bailaora, a portrayal of the evolution of flamenco, Mano a Mano - a tribute to the bullfighter Manolete and the contemporary flamenco story-ballet, and Federico, a celebration of the life of Federico García Lorca. Each performed to great acclaim at The Joyce Theater in New York City and on tour.
The Company’s mission of bridging cultures using the spirit of flamenco is achieved through extensive community outreach, exciting arts-in-education programs and powerful performances for diverse audiences. In addition to its intensive curriculum based in-school residency programs, the Company has created unique arts-in-education performance pieces such as Amigos Españoles, featuring a young person’s journey through Spain, and, in conjunction with Lincoln Center Institute, Inesperanza a story of life's difficulties told through the art of flamenco.
The Company was founded in 1983 by Roberto Lorca and Carlota Santana. The first performances were on May 17 & 18, 1983 at The Alternative Museum in Soho, NYC. Since Mr. Lorca’s untimely death in 1987, the Company has continued to grow and flourish under Ms. Santana’s direction performing at such venues as Lincoln Center, The Joyce Theater, The New Victory Theater, Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh, The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, The Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota, Florida, Universidad Bucaramanga in Colombia, South America, Palacio de Congresos in Granada, Spain, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art among many, many others.