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untilWAMPUM / ᎠᏕᎳ ᏗᏕᎫᏗ PERFORMANCE BY ELISA HARKINS, WITH HANAKO HOSHIMI-CANES AND ZOE POLUCH Art Gallery of Greater Victoria NOVEMBER 16 | 7-8:30PM Image credit: Elisa Harkins, Wampum / ᎠᏕᎳ ᏗᏕᎫᏗ Performance 2019, courtesy of the artist. Photo by Ian Byers-Gamber. Join us for Wampum / ᎠᏕᎳ ᏗᏕᎫᏗ, an ongoing project (2017 – present) where artist Elisa Harkins sings in a combination of Cherokee, English and Muscogee Creek to electronic dance music, some of which is inspired by of sheet music of Indigenous music notated by Daniel Chazanoff during the 20th century. LEARN MORE
untilAspen Santa Fe Ballet Where We Left Off • Dream Play • Half/Cut/Split Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (ASFB) kicks off the Dance at the Royal Series on November 15 and 16, 2019 with a gorgeous mix of live dance and piano virtuosity with world-renowned pianist Joyce Yang performing live on stage for all the works. Performances: Fri. Nov. 15 • 730pm & Sat. Nov. 16 • 730pm Choreography: Nicolo Fonte, Fernando Melo, Jorma Elo Music: Philip Glass, Erik Satie, Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann Duration: 1h 55 min Venue: Royal Theatre (805 Broughton Street at Blanshard) An unforgettable mix of live dance and piano virtuosity with world-renowned pianist Joyce Yang performing live on stage. ASFB tackles the quirky Half/Cut/Split by noted Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo, who collaborated with Yang to bring Robert Schumann’s Carnaval to life. Also on the program are Fernando Melo’s Dream Play set to the music of Erik Satie and Frédéric Chopin, and Nicolo Fonte’s touching Where We Left Off with music by Philip Glass. Pre-show talks start in the lobby 45 minutes before the show. “Yang’s attention to detail and clarity is as impressive as her agility, balance, and velocity.” WASHINGTON POST Season sponsor: Derma Spa Presenting sponsor: Willow Wealth Management of Raymond James Presenting sponsor: LUXE Home Interiors Box Office: 250-386–6121 or https://dancevictoria.com/performances/tickets-1920/
North American Premiere of NRITYA by La Caramelita Flamenco Company One Night Only: September 26, 2019, 8 pm Denford Hall, Glenlyon Norfolk School, The 800 Block of Richmond Ave., Victoria Deborah Dawson-Mourocq (flamenco dancer “La Caramelita”) believes that cross-cultural music and dance can bring people together in unexpected ways and connect them to their ancestral roots. Her new flamenco solo show, NRITYA, is the result of 10 years of introspection of how her Indian background influences her life as a flamenco dancer. At 14, she was drawn to the fiery, “gypsy” energy of flamenco, only later discovering that flamenco’s roots could be traced to the Romani people from India who settled in Spain. "As a first generation Canadian, born to Malaysian parents of Indian descent, I struggled to find my way with my multicultural background,” explains Dawson-Mourocq. “It’s the story of many Canadians. I stumbled upon flamenco in my early teens, which initially felt foreign and distant. When I discovered flamenco has roots in India, it was like I had come full circle with my own familial ancestry.” NRITYArefers to “storytelling” and “emotions created by movement” in Sanskrit while the literal Hindi translation is “dance.” Taking inspiration from the sensuality in flamenco, Latin passion and her Indian heritage, Dawson-Mourocqexplores a journey in search of her origins. At the same time, she reconstructs bridges that disappeared between flamenco and Indian dance years ago. The result is a flamenco show unlike anything experienced before. Familiar Indian songs are intermingled with traditional flamenco rhythms. In one section, the traditional Indian chant (Konnakol) matches the percussive staccato of flamenco footwork. “This is not a traditional flamenco show. We've created a new language - a new algorithm - mixing various Indian influences with flamenco,” explains singer Alejandro Mendía. Dawson-Mourocq began with a structure of three flamenco styles: tarantos, martinete and alegrías. Award-winning flamenco guitarist Guillermo Guillén, percussionist Alex Carrasco and flautist Lara Wong composed original music and rhythms, using their own interpretations of the historical Indian and flamenco art forms. Mendía’s verses speak of distance, travel, the connectedness of music across cultures, and how being apart can bring you closer together. “Through the creation process, we’ve realized that the possibilities are endless. The art form has potential for so much growth,” explains Mendía. NRITYAwas presented at the 31stArte Flamenco show in south France in July to great acclaim for its originality while Dawson-Mourocq “has mesmerized people worldwide with her graceful and passionate performances" (Petrina D'Souza, Darpan Magazine). As a Vancouver native and Flamenco Rosario alumni, Dawson-Mourocq is excited to return to her roots, with Victoria and Vancouver holding special places inher heart. “I’m so proud to perform NRITYAin Canada,” she says. “Canadians have a beautiful capacity to embrace multiculturalism. It means so much to perform this new creation at home.” TICKET OPTIONS: Advance tickets: $30 & $35 | At the door: $35 & $40 | Students: $5 discount Online: www.caravanbc.com | Phone: 604-241-7292 In Person: Munro’s Books, 1108 Government St. & Ivy’s Book Shop, 2188 Oak Bay Ave. About La Caramelita Flamenco Company The versatility ofDeborah Dawson-Mourocq(“La Caramelita”) and La Caramelita Flamenco Company has taken them worldwide, performing in Ecuador, Portugal, Canada, Spain, Malaysia, Russia, Morocco, France and Switzerland. The Company introduced new audiences to flamenco at the 2016Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver folk festivals where their shows reached over 15 000 spectators.La Caramelita performed at the Rolex Trophy in Geneva,Pacha Uchukin Ecuador, the Western Canadian tour of Mis Hermanas,at international flamenco festivals in Europe and North America, and is the winner of the 2009 Isadora Award for Excellence in Choreography. Dawson and her husband, flamenco singer Alejandro Mendía, are from Bordeaux, France. Together, with a group of award-winning musicians from France and Spain, they are creating a new language and artistic expression joining various Indian influences with flamenco. Performers includeLa Caramelita;Alejandro Mendía (singer); award-winning guitarist Guillermo Guillén(Lámpara Minera Award); multi-instrumentalist Alex Carrasco(cajón drum/percussion) andLara Wong(flute). Additional resource links: Video Teaser 1:https://youtu.be/2YDgzIlpAF4 Video Teaser 2: https://youtu.be/cUXQOaifLyA Artist Website: https://www.lacaramelita-flamenco.com Artist Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/deborahlacaramelita Caravan Event Page:http://caravanbc.com/2019/06/la-caramelita-flamenco-company-nritya NRITYAWestern Canadian Tour - Fall 2019 with support from Spedidam September 26 - Victoria - Denford Hall, Glenlyon Norfolk School September 27 - Vancouver - Waterfront Theatre, Vancouver International Flamenco Festival September 28 - Gibsons - Heritage Playhouse October 2 - Kelowna - Rotary Arts Centre October 3 - Oliver - Frank Venables Theatre October 5 - Canmore - artsPlace About Caravan World Rhythms Caravan World Rhythms is a B.C. non-profit presenter of world music and dance events, featuring artists from diverse cultural backgrounds from across Canada and around the globe. We would like to thank our funders, the Canada Council, the City of Vancouver and Canadian Heritage. Upcoming Events:Sept 2- Huun Huur Tu (Tuvan music), First Church of Christ Scientist, 1205 Pandora Ave., Victoria Tickets: www.caravanbc.com