la voz flamenca
Create new holiday traditions and memories that will last a lifetime with this unique presentation bringing the rich holiday customs of the Spanish-speaking world to life! Navidad Flamenca incorporates live music, dance, and villancicos (carols), highlighting many traditions united by a single language.
Last week, Flamenco Certamen USA gathered 6 emerging dancers from across the country to showcase their artistry and compete for prizes.
Qi Yang (pictured left) won 1st Prize Estudio Level, receiving $500 as well as scholarships to study in Spain at three different studios for one week each: Flamencodanza Estudio (Tamara y Úrsula López), Escuela Flamenca Juan Polvillo, and Estudio de Baile Chiqui de Jerez.
Yasmina Yuexi (pictured right) won 1st Prize Tablao Level, receiving $1,000 and attendance to the Madrid Certamen de Coreografía de Danza Española y Flamenco paired with one week of classes at Amor de Dios with a teacher of her choice, and also performing for two evenings at Cava in Miami, FL.
Enhorabuena to both artists––we can’t wait to see where flamenco takes them!
If you missed the live competition in NYC, we’ve got you covered! Virtual Viewing Pass available now–Nov 15.
Last week, dancer Yinka Esi Graves opened the Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro (FIT) in Cádiz with her much anticipated performance The Disappearing Act. Yinka shares the ideas behind this work, rarely explored in flamenco:
“Historically people of the African diaspora… enter right into an act of disappearing, which is like a game of checking to what extent they want to be seen in front of certain gazes… My interest is not so much in making us seen, but in seeing how we can be ourselves, how we can exist for ourselves.”
At Dubai Fashion Week, Michael Cinco presented a collection wholly inspired by Spanish motifs, one of the main inspirations being flamenco, also incorporating design elements from traditional matador suits. Check it out for yourself!