Arte y Pasion UNA FLOR EN EL CRUCE
Arte y Pasión comes together once again with live performance Jan 12 with UNA FLOR EN EL CRUCE, or A Flower in the Crossroads. Flamenco is like a flower that even for its fragility and beauty, has the strength to push straight up through rock. Perhaps the flower goes unnoticed as the drama of the city continues around it. But the strength of the flower is undeniable as it stretches from the ground into the sky. We have that flower inside of us. There are obstacles vast and impossible to push through, but the persistent root system of a flower is stronger. When we find that root system within ourselves, we can push through anything.
CHAYITO CHAMPION Flamenco Singer
JANESE ODOM Opera Singer
LUISMA RAMOS Guitar
LUKE BONECUTTER Cello
DARIAN THOMAS Violin
The project, which held its world premiere at San Antonios Luminaria Contemporary Art Festival, includes artists from San Antonio, San Francisco, Argentina and Spain. Acclaimed flamenco dancer Bianca Rodriguez comes back to San Antonio to join us once again onstage. Guitarist Luisma Ramos of Sevilla, cellist and Optic Arrest front man Luke William Bonecutter, violinist and composer also of Femina-X Darian Thomas, and the first American-born flamenco singer in the United States, Chayito Champion. For the Jan 12 performance at the Brick, Opera singer and performance artist Janese Odom, and modern dancer Rochelle Banuet will join us.
Arte y Pasión, led by artistic director Tamara Adira, is an award winning company of artists accomplished in their own right. The Company is known for being one of the most contemporary Spanish dance companies in the United States, known for pushing the boundaries of Flamenco and Spanish dance and exploring specific subject matter. The Companys mission is to share and promote the authentic art of flamenco, while exploring evolution and counterpointing with fine art. Arte y Pasión is also known for mentoring and fostering young artists as they develop in their artistic trajectories. As with all of our projects, we will take an interdisciplinary approach, juxtaposing flamenco with modern movement, fine and performance art.
Special visiting artist from Bianca Rodriguez grew up studying Ballet, Spanish Classical, Theatre, and Music. She received her BA from UNM with an emphasis in Flamenco Dance and studied for four years at the National Institute of Flamenco in Albuquerque, NM where she studied with La Tati, Adela Campallo, Inmaculada Ortega, Torombo, and Karime Amaya, and Manuel Liñan. Bianca has worked and toured with several US Flamenco companies, Santa Fes Juan Siddi, Jerez-native Antonio Granjero, and NY based company Carlota Santana. Biancas favorite teachers have been Juana Amaya, Farruquito, Angelita Vargas, El Torombo and La Truco. While in Spain she was invited to perform in a popular Flamenco venue, La Cueva de Lola, in Madrids city center. Biancas love for movement has led her to completing certifications in Barre, NIA, Hatha Yoga, and Pilates. Her focus in Yoga was breath work and meditation and feels that this gave her dancing a deeper spiritual connection, helping broaden her understanding of the body, how to heal injuries, and allow her to explore ways of finding joy and sharing that with others. She recently completed a performance with Pastora Galván.
Arte y Pasión UNA FLOR EN EL CRUCE will appear Thursday Jan 12 8 p.m. at the Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex, 108 Blue Star, $12-$50.
Tablao performances will follow on Friday Jan 13 Carmens de la Calle, 320 North Flores, 8pm and 10pm $15 cover per set or $25 cover both sets; and Saturday Jan 14 Espana Bar de Tapas, 8pm, $10 cover. This Brown Paper Tickets site only sells tickets to the Jan 12 event at the Brick; Tablao Performances are Cover only. Reservations are highly recommended at Espana. For more information contact Arte y Pasión at 210.241.2771 or www.arte-y-pasion.com. Facebook: arteypasionsa; Twitter: arteypasion; Instagram: tamara.adira. Visit Arte y Pasión at www.arte-y-pasion.com.
Brick at Blue Star (View)
108 Blue Star
San Antonio, TX 78204