NEW UPCOMING CLASS
Flamenco History Class with Estela Zatania
Who is Estela Zatania? After performing flamenco professionally for four decades, Estela Zatania became a flamenco journalist and writer. She has been awarded the National Prize, Ciudad de La Unión, for Excellence in Flamenco Journalism (2004), and her book, Flamencos de Gañanía, was named best flamenco book of the year in 2007. Estela is also a writer for the digital magazine Expoflamenco, among other publications. In her class The Last Half-Century of Flamenco Evolution, Estela Zatania will look at how flamenco music and dance have evolved over the past 50 years.
This virtual class is in English & a recording will be available for 7 days afterwards.
SUMMER INTERVIEW SERIES
Stream via our Instagram Live TODAY!
July 28th at 12:00 noon EST
Join us today for our second episode of Neoyorquinos (New Yorkers), our summer interview series featuring flamenco artists born and raised in New York City. Our featured artist today is Xianix Barrera, a current Teaching Artist at Flamenco Vivo and member of the 2020 Consorcio program. She is a Bessie-nominated dancer, choreographer, and teacher whose work is heavily informed by queer themes, female empowerment, sexual identity, and social justice. To hear Xianix speak to this and much more, stream our conversation at noon!
FLAMENCO EVENTS ONLINE
FILMS ON THE GREEN 2021
Vengo starring Antonio Canales
TONIGHT Wed, July 28th, 8:30 PM EST
Enjoy a FREE online screening tonight of Vengo, starring flamenco legend Antonio Canales. Award-winning writer director Gatlif (Latcho Drom, Gadjo Dilo) captures both the musical culture of Spain’s Andalusia region and the blood lust of vengeance in bold, beautiful cinematic language. This event is presented by the French Embassy, FACE Foundation, and NYC Parks.
Movie in Spanish and French with subtitles in English
FROM SPAIN: NOTABLE NEWS
BALLET NACIONAL DE ESPAÑA
Premiere of La Bella Otero
Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid
Ballet Nacional de España (The National Ballet of Spain) premiered La Bella Otero, last week at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid. This dramatic ballet, created and directed by Rubén Olmo and starring Patricia Guerrero, is based on real events, narrating the intense life of one of the most famous and influential dancers of the late 19th century, Carolina Otero.
This Spanish artist, from a small Galician village, was known throughout the world- but her personal story had remained hidden from many. “With Carmen de Merimée as her guide, she used men to advance her artistic career and was admired by kings across Europe, although the only love into whose arms she fell was that of the game. La Bella Otero is a reflection on abuse, ambition, success, the inability to love and loneliness.”
Article below in Spanish.
FROM OUR AFICIÓN SERIES
Did you know?
Did you know that tangos del Titi are the only style of flamenco tangos sung in a minor key? In our AFICIÓN class with La Lupi, we learned that tangos del Titi are a style of tangos created by Manuel “el Titi,” a Gitano from the Triana neighborhood of Seville, Spain. The video to the right shows footage of el Titi himself singing in the old Triana taberna “El Morapio de Triana.” This video comes from the TV series Rito y Geografía del Flamenco (#17, “Triana”) first broadcasted in 1972.
Here is an example of a tangos del Titi song verse:
Ya vienen bajando por las escaleras/pimiento, tomate, orejones y brevas/pero dime qué motivo te he hecho yo/pa que me tires la ropita a la calle/como a un pícaro ladrón.
They’re coming down the staircase/peppers, tomatoes, dried apricot, and figs/But tell me just what have I done to you/to make you throw my clothes into the street/as you would do to a cunning thief.
Click below to hear this letra and more examples of tangos del Titi!