Flamenco Festival USA 2004

New York, USA – The
2004 edition of Flamenco Festival USA will take place between January 29 and
February 28 of 2004 in the cities of New York, Boston, Hartford, Washington DC,
Cleveland, Chicago, and Miami.  

In four short years, Flamenco Festival USA has become the
hottest flamenco event in the country.  With sold-out shows in such
prestigious venues as City Center in New York and glowing reviews in
publications like The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal, the
Flamenco Festival USA has made a reputation for itself with a speed almost equal
to its dancers’ famous footwork.   

The festival is now acknowledged throughout Spain as the
country’s most important cultural ambassador, responsible for igniting an
explosion of new interest in America for flamenco music and dance. Over 100,000
Americans have seen Flamenco Festival USA concerts, and 2004 will be the biggest
season ever.The festival’s history is intense and passionate, like
flamenco itself. Frustrated that overseas audiences were seeing only a small and
increasingly old-fashioned version of flamenco, the young Cordoba native
Miguel Marín envisioned a festival committed to presenting flamenco as it really
is – a modern, exciting art that includes not only great traditionalists but
also innovative, even controversial, young performers.  Working tirelessly
on both sides of the Atlantic, Marín put together his first Flamenco Festival
USA in 2000.  Since then, the festival continues to win new fans by showing
that flamenco is truly a revolutionary art.   

Flamenco Festival USA 2004 highlights include:  

   

·        
Sara
Baras
, Spain’s most popular dancer, who recently made flamenco box office
history with a record-breaking five-month show in Madrid, performing the U.S
debut of her acclaimed traditional flamenco show, “Sueños” ” (“Dreams”); 

·         Compañía Andaluza de Danza,
under the direction of the brilliant master José Antonio, performing “Bodas de
Sangre” (“Blood Wedding”), the dance masterpiece by Antonio Gades, as well as
“La Leyenda” (“The Legend”),  a tribute to flamenco’s great Carmen Amaya; 

·         Flamenco’s vocal sensation
José Mercé,
whose ability to passionately meld boleros and other Latin
styles with flamenco has sold out stadiums in Europe; 

·         The legendary guitarist

Paco
de Lucía
,
known for three decades for his inimitable style and
groundbreaking fusions; 

·         Compañía Manuela Carrasco,
featuring one of Spain’s most passionate representatives of “flamenco puro”;
Israel Galván, “the Nijinsky of Flamenco,” a controversial dancer who has
created a post-modern vocabulary for flamenco; and Juan de Juan, the
“future of flamenco”;  

·         Ojos de Brujo, “Eyes of
the Wizard,” the Barcelona group whose mix of world, hiphop, punk and DJ beats
is the most electrifying sound in flamenco today

 

NEW YORK – BOSTON – WASHINGTON DC – CLEVELAND

 HARTFORD – MIAMI – CHICAGO

 

 

NEW YORK

Thurs, January 29, GALA DE SEVILLA: Manuela Carrasco, Chocolate,
City Center Gypsy matriarchs Juana la del Pipa and La Negra
Israel Galván, Juan de Juan & Rocio Molina in “Alkimia”

Friday, January 30, Ballet Flamenco
Sara
Baras
“Sueños”
City Center

Saturday January 31, Compañía Andaluza de Danza, “Blood Wedding” (Antonio

City Center Gades) & “La Leyenda: Homage to Carmen Amaya”

Sunday February 1, Compañía Andaluza de Danza. Special appearance of
director José Antonio, with Rafael Campallo & “Blood Wedding” (Antonio Gades)

Saturday February 7, José Mercé “Lío”
Town Hall

Saturday Feb 27,
Paco
de Lucía

Beacon Theatre

Saturday February 15th Ojos de Brujo
Venue TBA

BOSTON

Thursday January 29, Compañía Andaluza de Danza “Blood Wedding”
Cutler Majestic Theatre (Antonio Gades), “La Leyenda: Homage to Carmen Amaya”

at Emerson College

Friday January 30 Compañía Andaluza de Danza, “Blood Wedding”
Cutler Emerson Majestic (Antonio Gades), “La Leyenda: Homage to Carmen Amaya”

Saturday January 31, Ballet Flamenco
Sara
Baras
“Sueños”
Cutler Emerson Majestic

Sunday February 1, Ballet Flamenco
Sara
Baras
“Sueños”
Cutler Emerson Majestic

Saturday February 14
Paco
de Lucía

Orpheum Theatre

MIAMI, FL

TBA February
Paco
de Lucía

TBA February Ojos de Brujo

WASHINGTON DC

Tuesday February 3, GALA DE SEVILLA: Manuela Carrasco, Chocolate,
Lisner Auditorium Gypsy matriarchs Juana la del Pipa and La Negra
Israel Galván, Juan de Juan & Rocio Molina in “Alkimia”

Wednesday February 4, Jose Mercé “Lío”
Lisner Auditorium

Friday February 7 Compañía Andaluza de Danza “Blood Wedding”(Antonio
Lisner Auditorium Gades) & “La Leyenda: Homage to Carmen Amaya”

Saturday February 8 Compañía Andaluza de Danza “Blood Wedding”(Antonio
Lisner Auditorium Gades) & “La Leyenda: Homage to Carmen Amaya”

CHICAGO, IL

Thursday February 5, José Mercé. “Lío”
TBA

Monday February 16
Paco
de Lucía

Symphony Center

TENT. Mon Feb 16 Ojos de Brujo
Martyrs

CLEVELAND, OH

Friday January 30 Compañía Manuela Carrasco “Pureza”
Cleveland Museum of Art

Saturday January 31 Compañía Manuela Carrasco “Pureza”
Cleveland Museum of Art

Friday Feb 6 José Mercé “Lío”
Cleveland Museum of Art

HARTFORD, CT

Wednesday, February 4 Compañía Andaluza de Danza “Blood Wedding”(Antonio

Belding Theater, Gades) & “La Leyenda: Homage to Carmen Amaya”
(Bushnell Center)

Thursday, February 5 Compañía Andaluza de Danza “Blood Wedding”(Antonio

Belding Theater, Gades) & “La Leyenda: Homage to Carmen Amaya”
(Bushnell Center)

[Photos: 1) Manuela Carrasco, 2) Sara Baras]

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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