Alianza Flamenca will present Celebración Flamenca at The Fringe, Joburg Theatre from March 17 to March 20.
Swirling skirts, stamping feet and the fire and passion of Flamenco will soon light up the stage in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Alianza Flamenca.
Inspired by Hazel Acosta, one of South Africa’s most prominent Flamenco dancers’ and teacher, Alianza Flamenca was founded in Johannesburg in the early 90s by Acosta with Flamenco dance teachers, Carlos, Lina Dolores Vega and Linda Vargas, as they felt there was a need for a specialised flamenco dance training method in South Africa. In 2015, Acosta was awarded the Order of Civil Merit with the rank of Commander, by His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain, for her distinguished career and for strengthening relations between Spain and South Africa.
Celebración Flamenca, a show that will bring the power, the passion and the virtuosity of the art of flamenco to Johannesburg, is directed by Rosana Maya and Hazel Acosta and will feature guest artists – Flamenco singer, Loreán Swartz and Ndumiso ‘Faya’ Tafeni (cajónista) from Cape Town, Rosa Jiminez, the well known Maria Lorca Montoya and professional dancers, musicians and the Alianza students.
The programme comprises Flamenco numbers ranging from a light-hearted Bulerias to the intense Siguiryas which reflect the highs and lows of life’s journey; a selection of syllabus dances will be performed by students and the rest of the programme is performed by the professionals. Rosana Maya’s Tientos fuses South African music with the traditional rhythm; the music has been composed by Sipho “Paulo” Mashiane, who accompanies the dance along with Isaac “Pinky” Ramagole, who sings and plays cajón and percussion. (Maya, Mashiane and Ramagole work together under the name FlamenKhoi.)
Other accompaniment is provided by guitarists – the Bonegio brothers, (sons of the late Esme Euvrard), Raoul and Fernando and the Durban-based Demi Fernandez. Fernandez and his wife Linda Vargas (one of the Alianza Flamenca founders) will be performing alongside their son Ramon and Vargas’ sister, Juana Vargas from Cape Town while Raul Bonegio and his wife, dancer Gillian Bonegio will be performing alongside their twin daughters.
Dance companies participating include, from Durban, the Linda Vargas Flamenco Dance Company, from Port Elizabeth, Carlos’ Flamenco de Algoa and from Cape Town, Juana Vargas’ Company Flamenco del Sur and, the Bonegio Spanish Dance Company, Flamenkhoi, El Rincon Flamenca and the Teresa Morena Flamenco Dance Company all based in Johannesburg. The students participating have been trained by: Alexandra le Maitre, Doris Bester, Gillian Bonegio, Joanne Bobrow, Mireille Lenferna, Nadia Jacobs, Nadia Katz, Retha Minnie and Rosana Maya.
Celebración Flamenca has been made possible with the support of The Embassy of Spain. The Embassy is hosting the Gala evening on Thursday March 17 and the Spanish Ambassador His Excellency Mr Juan I Sell will open the celebrations. Spanish wine and Tapas will be served after the performance.
Celebración Flamenca takes place at The Fringe, Joburg Theatre, 17 – 20 March 2016. Performances on Thursday 17, Friday 18 and Saturday 19 March at 20:00 and matinees on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March at 15:00. Tickets: R150 for all performances. 10 % discount for block bookings through the theatre – call 0861 670 670 or visit www.joburgtheatre.com