Contact hours: 101
Direct Recipients: 270
Indirect Recipients: 655
Flamenco Vivo’s FY 17 Cultural Immigrant Initiative (CII) project allowed us to extend our arts education program to additional classes at two public schools with high concentrations of Hispanic and/or ELL students (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School and Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts) and continue our program serving senior citizens at Woodstock Center – Project Find. We also expanded our services to offer a performance at St. Peter’s Church Senior Center and launched a new program in partnership with Sadie Nash Leadership Project.
At JKO High School, we supplemented the planned FY17 residency for 2 Spanish classes and 1 music class (10 sessions/classroom) with an additional residency for 3 different classrooms of English Learner (ELL) classes. The ELL students worked with teaching artist Jose Moreno on rhythm (body percussion, footwork, clapping patterns) and improvisation and approached the residency through the lens of social justice. Flamenco was born of the Gitano (Roma) people as a means of communal expression and identity in the face of political, economic and racial oppression, and is a wonderful vehicle for explorations of self-identity, community and overcoming barriers. Students produced a culminating fiesta with food, traditional decorations and a flamenco juerga (similar to an improv jam).
For our CII work at Repertory Co. High School, FVCS implemented a 12-session residency of in-school programming for 3 classes of high school dance students and 1 music class. Students worked collaboratively with the TA’s to develop their own improvisational flamenco dance structures and the music students composed scores to accompany the dance pieces. Students performed in full costume during their end of year showcase.
At the Woodstock Center, we worked with a group of seniors for 15 1-hour sessions, exploring movement and rhythm patterns. Based on feedback from last year’s participants we also included a guitarist and singer for the final 5 sessions.
All residencies began with a lecture demonstration by FVCS artists and musicians.
Sadie Nash’s mission is to strengthen, empower, and equip young women as agents for change in their lives and in the world. We launched “Nosotras” (meaning we, feminine) as a series of three 1.5 hour workshops utilizing flamenco as a vehicle to engage a group of high school women around ideas of identity, strength, power and voice. TA’s led participants through a series of improvisational exercises using dance/movement, song and poetry, giving the participants full control over the experience, freeing them to make their own choices and to discover flamenco for themselves rather than imitating what they see. The students incorporated their
We also offered an interactive lecture demonstration to approximately 75 seniors at St. Peter’s Church. The performance was a blend of entertainment and education and combined explanations of the intricacies of flamenco and its cultural history, with details of the varied instruments involved in the art form: castañuelas (castanets), guitarra (guitar), cante (voice), and zapateado (footwork). The seniors had an opportunity to learn palmas (rhythmic clapping that accompanies flamenco) and had a post-show Q&A with the artists.