A Flamenco Memoir 

By Kaija Pepper “‘Mis Hermanas’: Thicker than water: My Sisters and I” Rosario Ancer

Rosario Ancer, artistic director of Flamenco Rosario, is Vancouver’s flamenco diva, and the ninety-minute show is half voice-over memoir and half – the best part – dance.


In Search of Flamenco Puro 

By Bridget Cauthery "Escencia Flamenca" Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company

Sometimes a period of absence – or abstinence – from a particular dance form can result in the acquisition of new perspective, allowing one to view a performance with fresh eyes and ears.  


Flamenco with an Asian Touch 

By Kaija Pepper “Café de Chinitas” Mozaico Flamenco

Every flamenco show needs at least one inspired soloist, a bailaora (flamenco dancer) who sets the audience’s pulse beating faster. Kasandra, the lead dancer of Mozaico Flamenco Dance Theatre, was certainly that during the company’s one-night only premiere of “Café de Chinitas” at the Norman Rothstein Theatre. 


A Flamenco Transposition 

By Philip Szporer “Azafran Or Rouge” Ballet Flamenco Arte de España

What happens when a Québécois play is transposed into the language of flamenco? For Laura Lynne McGee, the result is “Azafran Or Rouge”. The latest show by Montréal’s Ballet Flamenco Arte de España, “Azafran Or Rouge” recently played the long and narrow Club Soda nightclub, a renconverted old movie house with floor and balcony seating, that these days mainly books music concerts.


Questions of Contrast 

Asht Nayika: Eight Different Heroines Usha Gupta

Usha Gupta’s “Asht Nayika” was the first performance in the 25th anniversary season presented by the Brian Webb Dance Company in Edmonton. This fusion exploration brought together kathak dance, Usha Gupta’s South Asian form, as well as flamenco and modern dance to explore the central theme translated as “Eight different states of women.” 

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