Vancouver International Flamenco Festival returns this September

The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival announces its spellbinding 2018 lineup of local and international flamenco artists, September 21 – 29, 2018 with free workshops and ticketed performances at various Vancouver venues.

The 2018 Festival proudly presents the Canadian debut of Spain’s Sara Calero Company in Petisa Loca at the Vancouver Playhouse on September 22. Sara Calero is one of the main current references in the renewal of both Spanish and flamenco dance. The company’s piece shares the diaspora diaries of a woman and all women as thousands of Spaniards were forced to emigrate between Europe and America in the mid-twentieth century. An emotive work, Petisa Loca asks the question: “Is there a place for oneself?” as it works through issues of fear, hope, uncertainty, and displacement in a new, unfamiliar world. Petisa Loca features dancer/choreographer Sara Calero, singer Loreto Arnaiz, guitarist José Almarcha, and the electronic music of The Lab (José Corredera and Miguel Lázaro).

The Festival also features some of the finest Canadian Flamenco artists with performances at the intimate Annex (Orpheum); La Azulita Flamenco Ensemble works within the traditional realm of flamenco, drawing on antiquated elements and expressing flamenco as a dialogue of emotion through rhythm, movement and melody (Nova Scotia), Kasandra Flamenco Ensemble Solo Flamenco, takes the audience on an emotional journey through the passionately dark to the delightfully cheeky and Passages & Rhythm with special guests including contemporary award-winning dancer Alvin Erasga Tolentino (Co.ERASGA) where Flamenco and contemporary dance collide in this transcultural amalgamation of movement and tradition (Vancouver), Monique Salez & The Dream Cab Los Labios del Lobo, a dreamscape that wanders through questions of identity, flamenco, life & learning (Victoria); and Vancouver’s own Flamenco Rosario’s premiere of Dialogue Extended – a creation and collaboration with two other highly regarded couples/flamenco artists – Spain’s Mariano Cruceta and Gloria Solera and Mexico’s Marien Luévano and Ulises Martínez, in an exploration to find the balance between their domestic and artistic lives in this intergenerational exchange.

For tickets and more information, head over to www.vancouverflamencofestival.org

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