November 3-5, 2017
Fuego Flamenco XIII opens Friday, November 3 with the world premiere of Flamenco Extranjero / Foreign Flamenco, choreographed and directed by Edwin Aparicio (El Salvador/USA), curator of the festival and founder of the Flamenco Aparicio Dance Company, and Aleksey Kulikov (Ukraine/USA), with special solo choreography by Fanny Ara (France/USA) and Carola Zertuche (Mexico/USA).
Mr. Aparicio leads his talented troupe of international artists in this dazzling new work. For centuries dancer and musicians from around the world have studied and performed flamenco, while t…he art form has continued to evolve, borrowing from and mixing with this foreign influence. Through his innovative choreography, Aparicio delivers a passionate homage to those artists, and to flamenco and its universal appeal.
Performances are on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4 at 8 pm and Sunday, November 5 at 2 pm. Noche de GALA and Press Night is Friday, November 3.
Flamenco Extranjero features Aparicio and special guest bailaoras Fanny Ara and Carola Zertuche and singers Isabel Soto and Amparo Heredia “La Repompilla” (Spain). Other artists appearing are dancers Alexa Miton (France/USA), Norberto Chamizo (Germany/Spain), Kyoko Terada (Japan/USA) and Mariana Gatto-Durán, (Bulgaria/USA); and musicians Gonzalo Grau (Venezuela/USA), Ricardo Marlow (USA), and Behzad Habibzai (USA). Mr. Grau is Musical Director.
June 5, 2017.
GALA theater’s Annual Noche de Estrellas benefit event at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. honoring leaders in the arts and philanthropy. Featured performing alongside Edwin Aparicio, Hector Jose Marquez and Ricardo Marlow.
June 4, 2017
Performing with the Flamenco Aparicio Dance Company in the Centro Espanol’s Feria de Sevilla
June 2, 2017 Philadelphia
“Intimate” isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you enter Annenberg Court, the Barnes Foundation’s airy, modern lobby with limestone-clad walls and a ceiling that rises 50 feet. Yet this space works remarkably well as the venue for First Friday performing-arts events, including choral and instrumental concerts and all sorts of dance. On Friday, the court will be the setting for Pasión y Arte (PyA), Philadelphia’s all-female flamenco dance company, in an evening of dance and music that — based on previous experience — is bound to feel powerful, emotional, and, yes, intimate.
PyA artistic and executive director Elba Hevia y Vaca will be dancing, along with the sensual Xianix Barrera and Alexa Miton, a specialist in zapateado (flamenco footwork). They will be joined by flamenco singers Barbara Martínez and Hector Marquez, guitarist Raphael Brunn, and percussionist Guillermo Barrón. These artists hail from various parts of the U.S. plus Bolivia, Venezuela, Mexico, and France, but all spent years studying in Spain. All have impressive resumés, and all are experts in traditional flamenco — but are also committed to exploring new aspects of this ever-evolving art form.
A special feature of this performance is guest artist Raquel Heredia, a noted second-generation flamenco dancer from Granada, Spain. Fans of PyA will undoubtedly remember Heredia, who — after performing throughout Europe, the U.S., and Japan — made her Philadelphia debut a year ago in the company’s fourth tablao of the season, at the Asian Arts Initiative.
A tablao is essentially a flamenco nightclub, offering food and beverages along with performances, and, as this First Friday event is so billed, it will include a cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres, along with flamenco music and dance, presented in two sets, at 6 and 7:30 p.m.
As in Spain, the performance will focus on solos, giving each dancer an opportunity to show off her individual style — and her compositional sense, as flamenco solos are created by the people who dance them. There will also be short excerpts from a group dance, Colonization: Women, a work in progress choreographed by Hevia y Vaca.
In a recent telephone interview, Hevia y Vaca said she had been researching this piece for two years and hoped to premiere the complete work in 2018. Meanwhile, she noted, “I want to put some of it out there, to see what it feels like.” She acknowledged: “It’s exciting … and scary.”
Hevia y Vaca also stressed the central place of cante (flamenco singing), which is not always recognized by audiences outside Spain. “We forget,” she pointed out, “that the voice is there, because we’re always looking at the dancers, especially if we don’t understand the words.” To help with that, she plans to provide English translations of some of the lyrics. “I’m eager to get people inside flamenco,” she said.
Although Heredia comes from a Spanish gypsy family with many flamenco artists, few American performers start out in flamenco. Martínez, for example, was trained as an opera singer and graduated from Brown University with a double major in comparative literature and visual art. But after falling in love with flamenco, she changed her focus, she said in a phone interview from her home in New York City.
Martínez said she was drawn to “the sincerity and expression of flamenco singing, its rawness … [which is] the other extreme from opera.” So she devoted herself to “unlearning” many of the fundamentals of classical Western vocal technique and has become an established flamenco singer. (On a more pragmatic note, Martínez also noted that — unlike the situation with dancers, there is always a need for flamenco singers.) In addition to many other groups, Martínez has performed with PyA for more than a decade, and, she notes, “Some of the most interesting work I’ve done in flamenco has been with them.”
Audience members who are inspired by this event will have an opportunity to study with Heredia, who will give a series of local flamenco dance workshops — for all levels — June 3-6.
Pasión y Arte: Flamenco at the Barnes Foundation, 6-9 p.m. Friday (two sets, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.), 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Tickets: $28, $10 for college students with ID (walk-up only), includes access to the collection. Information: 215-278-7200 or www.barnesfoundation.org. Information about Raquel Heredia’s flamenco dance workshops: 267-235-5685 or www.pasionyarteflamenco.org
November 4,5 and 6, 2016 at the Gala Hispanic Theater in Washington, D.C.
In autobiographical work “Salvador” Edwin Aparicio explores his personal salvation through Flamenco. From the childhood in the war-torn El Salvador to the immigration to the US, to the discovery of dance, Aparicio and his Flamenco Aparicio Dance Company will use flamenco to tell a fascinating story of survival and achievement.
November 4 at 8 PM
November 5 at 8 PM
November 6 at 3 PM
Location: GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
November 18,2016 in Philadelphia
New York City
January 28,29,30 2016 in Philadelphia
Another flamenco artist we are thrilled will be performing with PyA as part of our second TABLAO PHILLY performance is Alexa Miton!
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Alexa was born in Paris, France and began her dance studies at the School of the Paris Opera Ballet and has studied Ballet, Contemporary, and Spanish classical. Ms. Miton participated in Festival Flamenco Internacional’s, Concurso Nacional de Flamenco in Albuquerque, judged by some of the world’s most renowned flamenco artists and took 3rd in 2004, 2nd in 2005 and most recently 3rd place in 2010. She has shared the stage with renown flamenco artists: Chuscales, Vicente Griego, Mercedes Amaya, Anton Jimenez, and Alfonso “ El Veneno” Gabarri, Noelia Sabarea and Ivan Vargas Heredia among others. She is currently a highly sought after instructor and performer and works regularly as a soloist in Washington D.C and at famous flamenco Tablao: Alegrias la Nacional in New York City.
Performing at the Creative Alliance Baltimore.
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With polished ferocity, accomplished dancer and choreographer Edwin Aparicio showcases the intensity of flamenco in our intimate theater. Trained in Spain, Aparicio is Maryland’s premier flamenco company leader where he dances and choreographs original work. Tonight he brings his stunning musicians to our stage: master guitarist Ricardo Marlow with powerful, evocative vocalists Hector Marquez and Carlton Asher. On The Patterson’s dance floor with seating in ¾ round, Aparicio is joined by dancers Anna Menendez, and Alexa Miton who recently relocated to Baltimore. Dramatic, high-energy percussive dance with staccato hand claps, passionate vocals, and lighting quick guitar, all in our cozy theater.
8pm | ADV $25, $22 mbrs | +$3 at the door
Photos from Mare Nostrum by Paul Wegner
Guitar: Hector Jose Marquez, Cante: Jose Oretea, Baile: Alexa Miton
Most recent past performances include the following:
The Washington National Opera’s production of “Carmen” September 19th- October 4th.
Soloist at Alegrias La Nacional in New York City.
Various Past Programs performing with Yjastros: the American Flamenco Repertory Company of the National Institute of Flamenco based in Albuquerque, NM