FREE History Class
EVOLUCIÓN: On Flamenco and the Roma
March 5 | Virtual (Zoom)
Sunday @ 3:00–4:30 PM EST
This virtual class with researcher Clara Chinoy and Roma artist Raquel Heredia of the Repompa family, offers an introduction to the history of the Roma, their movement through Spain and settlement in Andalucía. We will look at the conception of flamenco over time through to the present day, meet the “familias cantoras” and engage in an open discussion with our guests.
A recording will be available to view for 7 days after the live event (March 12).
Access to this even is FREE and limited access – register your spot today!
ABOUT THE EDUCATORS
CLARA CHINOY, Universidad de Sevilla
Clara Chinoy is an independent flamenco dancer and researcher who has lived between Madrid, Seville and Jerez for over 30 years. She is honored to have shared the stage with Miguel Funi, Concha Vargas and Pepe Torres, and to dance in fiesta to the cante of Miguel Funi, Fernanda de Utrera, Pepa de Utrera, Gaspar de Utrera, and Inés Bacán. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Harvard University; an M.F.A. in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University; a Masters in Scenic Arts from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and a Diploma of Advanced Studies from the Multidisciplinary program of Flamenco studies at the Universidad de Sevilla. She has taught at Smith, Mount Holyoke and Hunter Colleges, Wesleyan University, Universidad Carlos III, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and Universidad de Sevilla. Her doctoral work in Gitano history, integration and identity (Anthropology, U. Sevilla) is based on a Fulbright Senior Research Grant (2000) in Andalucía. She has published in Flamenco on the Global Stage (MacFarland Books), Celebrating Flamenco’s Tangled Roots (Cambridge Scholars Publishing) and the Journal of Gypsy Studies, and has recently completed the translation from Spanish to English of American Gitanos, An Ethnography of the Calós in Mexico City by David Lagunas, soon to be published by Palgrave MacMillan. She is also an experienced performer and teacher of classical South Indian dance.
Raquel Heredia, “La Repompa”, originally from El Barrio de la Trinidad, Málaga, comes from a distinguished family of artists. The daughter of Rafaela Reyes and guitarist Luis Heredia, she and her sister Amparo Heredia represent a long line of “Repompas y Repompillas de Málaga” starting with their great Aunt, Enriqueta de la Santísima Trinidad de Los Reyes Porra, the first Repompa. She spent her adolescence in the United States, where she made her debut in the NYC tablaos at an early age. At 18 she toured with Juan Andrés Maya, and then settled in Madrid to work in the tablaos of the capital city. A self-taught dancer, Heredia has performed in numerous theaters and Flamenco festivals around the world, and has worked with artists such as Antonio Canales, El Farru, Antonio Molina, El Choro and Pepe Torres, among many others. Currently she is a guest artist in tablaos such as El Cordobés, La Casa del Arte, Jardines de Zoraya. She is considered one of the greatest dancers of the current tablao scene.