Vancouver International Flamenco Festival (September 17-23, 2012) [win tickets!]
Anybody who knows me knows that I have always wanted to dance flamenco, even though I’m fully aware of how hard it is for a male to handle all the movements without all the accessories (remember, women have long and flowy skirts, fans and castanets, and we don’t). Nevertheless, I absolutely adore Flamenco. Even if I can’t be there, you should totally check out the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival which runs from September 17 to 23 in a variety of locations. See below, particularly because I have a neat contest coming up!
Flamenco Rosario’s Artistic Director, Rosario Ancer, and Musical Director, Victor Kolstee, take great pride in announcing that Seville, Spain’s renowned award-winning performer Angeles Gabaldón along with national and local artists will grace Vancouver for the 23rd year of the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival.
Having performed on all seven continents, special guest artist Angeles Gabaldón’s dancing combines the most passionate aspects of Flamenco with the elegance of classical Spanish dance in a simple and natural way, fusing temperament and strength influenced by elements derived in other genres such as modern dance a mix that shows her vast artistic richness. Angeles work is a combination of her great restlessness and a strong sense of the necessity towards self-improvement that have allowed her, step by step, to find, shape a unique style that stands out from the rest of contemporary flamenco artists.
The festival presents flamenco artists performing in a range of styles – from traditional to contemporary, and soloists to ensemble works. As a gathering place for the ever-growing local and national flamenco community, the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival takes the audience from flamenco’s origins as a blend of cultures through to today’s continual evolution of music, song, and dance.
Festival highlights include:
Monday, September 17, 8 pm
Flamenco Rosario’s Free Lecture & Dance Demonstration, Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch
Thursday, September 20, 8 pm
Performances by Calgary’s passionate Fiona Malena Flamenco Ensemble who fuse the power of traditional Flamenco with an exciting blend of world music & jazz & local favourites, Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island, $30/$25
Friday, September 21, 8 pm
Performances by Montreal’s highly innovative flamenco company La Otra Orilla and local favourites, Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island, $30/$25
Saturday, September 22
“Del Quivir” by Spain’s Angeles Gabaldón and Performance by Flamenco Rosario, Vancouver Playhouse, 8 pm, $55/$50
Lecture & workshop – Public Forum Scotiabank, Dance Centre 10-1pm
Sunday, September 23
La Musica del Flamenco: a night dedicated to Guitar and Song. Hosted by Guitarist Victor Kolstee featuring Spanish singer Alicia Acuña and guitarist Raul Cantizano, Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club 7pm
Dance, percussion, guitar, song, flamenco workshops by Angeles Gabaldón and company members, Centro Flamenco
You can purchase tickets to the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival 2012 here. And if you want a chance to win a pair of tickets to “Del Quivir” at the Vancouver Playhouse, you can enter through any of the following methods:
1) Comment on this blog post telling me which of the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival shows looks most appealing to you (e.g. the one you’d want to check out if you had infinite money, hehe).
2) Tweet the following:
Told @hummingbird604 which Vancouver Int’l Flamenco Festival show I want to check to enter to win tickets to a show http://is.gd/9hJ8yG
3) Re-pin my pin of this blog post on Pinterest.
4) Comment on my pin of this blog post on Pinterest telling me which show you’d like to check out.
If you do all four, as always, I will count it as 4 entries (and so on and so forth). I will draw a winner from all entries (randomized) on Wednesday, September 19th (which coincidentally, is my birthday!) at 2pm.
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