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Pasion y Arte presents Flamenco de las Americas
Plays and Players (third floor)
Philadelphia, PA
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Pasion y Arte presents Flamenco de las Americas
Pasin y Arte presents Flamenco de Las Americas: A Tablao Experience

February 20 & 21 at 9:30 pm, February 22 at 5 pm and 8 pm at Plays and Players Theatre. Third floor cabaret space with cash bar.
Featuring Special guest female guitarist/singer, Marija Temo.
Saturday Night: We will be holding a post-performance, informal discussion about the various components of flamenco, with renown guitarist/cantaora (singer), Marija Temo.

Philadelphia's Critically Acclaimed Feminist Flamenco Dance Company Establishes a New Tradition

PHILADELPHIA, PA  Founded by Bolivian-born Elba Hevia y Vaca in 2000, Pasin y Arte quickly achieved a reputation for staging groundbreaking contemporary feminist flamenco dances that are simultaneously deeply steeped in the teachings of the southern Spanish masters and Hevia y Vacas personal experiences as a woman, Latina, Boliviana, and American. She is not alone. Other contemporary choreographers create experimental work influenced by the homegrown culture of Latin America and the US, which is why Hevia y Vaca has decided to initiate a special series of three annual tablao performances featuring Flamenco de Las Americas. The performances have two main goals: to promote the work of high-level flamenco masters who are not from Spain and to educate the Philadelphia public about tablao.

What is tablao?

Like the atmosphere once created when beat poets gathered to recite verses, tablao refers to the milieu in which flamencos showcased their dancing until the art was institutionalized in theatrical performances. Flamenco emerged as a unique art form in the 15th century. Spanish Gypsies (or Roma) danced flamenco privately in their rural homes. The dance gradually migrated from the countryside to south Spains cities, where Gypsy artists performed on the
streets and in plazas. By the 1840s, nightclubs called cafes del cante began to host flamenco tablao, giving flamencos the opportunity to demonstrate their extraordinary skills at improvising movement within the confines of rigid rhythmic structures. The cafes were the first enterprises to pay flamenco dancers, singers, and musicians. Commercial flamenco was born. From the mid 1800s-early 1900s, highly acclaimed flamenco artists danced in cafes del cante. Tablao performances helped flamenco to grow in expressive range and aesthetic precision, exposing non- Gypsy audiences to the art. Flamenco de Las Americas will recreate the feeling of the tablao setting, using the intimacy offered by the Shubin Theatre to greatest effect.  

Production Facts:

Each tablao performance will run 60 minutes. Friday and Saturday shows will feature Pasin y Arte dancers and guests from other US cities. Featuring special guest guitarist/cantaora (singer). Post-performance discussion regarding all components of flamenco will be held on Saturday night. Pasin y Arte Conservatory students will star in both Sunday performances.


Plays and Players
1714 Delancey St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Third floor cabaret space
Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21  9:30 pm
Sunday, February 21  5 pm and 8 pm
Tickets (General Admission) $20 Online, $25 at the door.

Tickets are available at the door for $25, by phone at 267-235-5685, or through www.brownpapertickets.com


Plays and Players (third floor)
1714 Delancey St. Philadelphia, PA 19103
Philadelphia, PA 19120
United States


Music > EDM, Dance, Rave

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Elba Hevia Y Vaca
On BPT Since: Jan 14, 2009
Elba Hevia y Vaca

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