New World Flamenco Festival: Spain's Hottest Flamenco Dancers, Plus Spanish Cuisine
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The last date listed for New World Flamenco Festival was Friday August 17, 2007 / 8:00pm - Compania Juan Ogalla.
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The OC's own Backhausdance gives a special performance under the stars at the Festival Amphitheatre, spotlighting both new and popular works. The eight-dancer contemporary company's known for its mixed-repertory artistic and entertaining repertoire, as well as its dramatic pieces from award-winning choreographer Jennifer Backhaus. Backhaus' creations have been commissioned and produced by the Los Angeles Ballet, Orange County Regional Ballet, Orange County Arts Center and more, and her company recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. This acclaimed ensemble's performed in New York and all across the Southland. Learn More
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The New World Flamenco Festival has fostered a trend that is being noticed around the world – flamenco has a stylistic variety and point of view as rich as anything found in contemporary dance. One of the hallmarks of this festival is its ability to convince established flamenco artists, stars of their generation, to create or bring new and exciting works to premiere at the festival.
*August 10-12: De Grana y Oro (Scarlet and Gold)
*Compania Maria Jose Franco
Featuring Juan Jose Amador, Luis Moneo, and Carmen Grilo
Maria José Franco exemplifies her generation of flamencos. She combines great depth of feeling with a superb sense of showmanship, a return to a style learned from the masters. She began receiving honors and awards from the very beginning of her career. Her first company experience was with the celebrated Compañía Andaluza de Danza under the direction of the famed José Antonio. She then became a principal dancer with Antonio El Pipa with whom she shared the Irvine Barclay Theatre stage in 2005. Shortly thereafter, Compañía Maria José Franco was born: immediate success followed and, as recently as the 2007 Festival de Jerez, this current production of “De Grana y Oro” performed to much acclaim.
August 14-15: A Fuego Lento (At a Slow Fire)
Andres Pena and Pilar Ogalla
First invited to present his company under the auspices of the Bienal de Sevilla, Andrés Peña was also given the honor of presenting his latest work at the 2007 Festival de Jerez. A Fuego Lento, featuring his partner Pilar Ogalla, is a production that begins, as its title suggests, as a simmering flame and proceeds to set the stage on fire. Paying homage to the smoldering tradition of the male and female duet, Andres and Pilar together build a performance climaxing in a crescendo typical of the Jerez style….truly exhilarating.*
August 17-19: Las Cosas de Caí (Things from Cadiz)
*Compañía Juan Ogalla
with guest artist Milagros Menjibar
Juan Ogalla views his 20 years of experience with flamenco’s most stalwart gatekeepers of tradition as a medal of honor. As an 11-year-old prodigy, he danced with Morao’s famous “Gypsy Passion,” and later with superstar Christina Hoyos. With masterful technique, a true Gypsy aesthetic, and matinee-idol looks, Juan is the perfect dancing partner to Manuela Rios – both personifying the qualities of the magical town of Cádiz. In addition to his company of outstanding musicians, singers and dancers, Juan brings one of flamenco’s great divas, guest artist Milagros Menjibar, Spain’s leading exponent of the bata de cola, the long gown. A night in Cádiz to remember.