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Thursday, August 2, 2012
Camagüey’s Flamenco Andarte Company Tours Santiago de Cuba
Camagüey, Aug 2.- Camagüey’s Flamenco Andarte Company is staging shows all over Santiago de Cuba to pay tribute to Antonio Gades, offer a summer workshop and several presentations.
Until August 13th, the tour around the eastern part of the country includes a visit to the burial place - monument of the famous dancer and Spanish choreographer in the surroundings of the Mausoleum to the Martyrs of the Frank País García Second Eastern Front.
“Every year we pay homage to Antonio Gades since July, in the remembrance of his death. That's why we are bringing some plays to the stage, such as the performance Alma entre sombras, with text written by Federico García Lorca and the participation of actress Reina Ayala, a play that the people of Santiago de Cuba will be able to appreciate”, assistant director Gelsy Pérez Serrano said.
The company will offer presentations at San Luis, Cayo Smith, Songo-La Maya, Palma Soriano, and in theaters Martí and Heredia, in Santiago de Cuba’s capital city, where the flamenco ensemble will lecture at La Reina del Tablao (The Queen of Stage) School for the fourth time.
“Flamenco dancers Eismar Díaz Rodríguez and Beatriz Maria Alejo Pérez also teach in our company, and they have a work experience in the above-mentioned school. As the workshop requires the staging of choreographies, we will finish with a joint show, on August 12th at 9:00 AM in Heredia’s Live-music Café”, she added.
Founded in 2004 by art and general director Nelson Alejo Quintero, the company uses Cuban and Spanish folk music in its performances to make a including guaguanco (one of the best known and most commonly performed subgenres of traditional rumba), flamenco rumba (a style of flamenco music from Spain also called gypsy rumba) and funk music (a style of music developed in the U.S.A. in the 1960s where bass and drums are typically prominent).
The company’s repertoire includes the performances Gades, A tu aire, Fantasía flamenca, Memorias, Caminando por el viento, Bodas de sangre and Somos así.
Andarte is the only professional group of its kind in Camagüey. It has a school for children and young people, and its typical spaces are “Entre tinajones y adoquines”, in la Soledad Alley and “La aceitunera”, in La Campana de Toledo Restaurant, both located in the portion of Camagüey’s historic core awarded as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. (With information taken from Adelante Weekly. Photo: Portal Príncipe).
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