When one thinks of Flamenco, the image that comes to mind is undoubtedly that of the female Flamenco dancer, stamping her heels into the floor with rapid movements as she sweeps across the floor in a bright, ruffled dress. But today, we learnt that the art of Flamenco consists of much more than just that, and there’s plenty about it to be completely bowled over by.
Sonio Olla and her husband, Ismael Fernández, will put on two performances on October 11 and 12 at Sheung Wan Civic Centre as the final stop of their three-week tour of Asia.
Flamenco’s “golden couple” will showcase their renowned dancing this week, bringing a taste of traditional Spanish culture that they say will help Hongkongers escape stressful city life.
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Iug Mirti of Jazzespresso met Chano Dominguez during his recent Roots of Flamenco tour stop in Taiwan:
You started playing flamenco and then moved to jazz; do you think this somehow let your style become different and personal?
“My first instrument was a flamenco guitar and this was the first music I’ve ever heard as a child and that, therefore, has affected all the music I’m now playing on piano.
It’s all too easy for a flamenco dance troupe that believes in tradition but wishes to explore new directions to go astray. There was a moment in “Por los Caminos,” a program presented at the Theater at the 14th Street Y over the weekend, when the Sonia Olla Flamenco Dance Company, performing in front of projected images of paths through dark woods, seemed on the verge of getting lost. But this troupe knows its way home.
Continue reading on The New York Times.
Sonia and Ismael worked for pop-icon Madonna for her 2015-2016 “Rebel Heart Tour”: Sonia as choreographer while samples of Ismael’s voice are featured during “La Isla Bonita”. Madonna was so impressed by the artistry of both Sonia and Ismael that personally invited them to perform at her 57th birthday party in the Hamptons, NY.
Produced by Live Nation Global Touring, the Rebel Heart Tour kicked off on September 9, 2015 in Montreal and visited arenas in 55 cities on four continents over seven months.
Tiempo al Aire is a journey from one world to another, from the most traditional city of Madrid to the most cosmopolitan city of New York, from well-known surroundings to the excitement and illusion of new places. It is a journey of self-exploration and personal growth.
Tiempo al Aire is a production devoted to the life-changing moments experienced by Sonia Olla and her company on their long journey of professional and personal growth. During these defining moments the artists experienced a plethora of emotions that are powerfully conveyed on stage through music and dance. Sonia Olla and Ismael Fernandez fill the stage with the magic and spirit from traditional flamenco infused with percussion and jazz. This union enhances the exquisite performance of these acclaimed international artists.
Entretiempo is a period of time when individuals experience great passion, begin to find their own path, and take great risks. In Entretiempo, Sonia Olla and the prestigious fashion designer Modesto Lomba join their talents in an unique performance that combines fashion — and its iconic catwalk — with traditional flamenco. Sonia Olla, together with flamenco dancer David Paniagua and singer Ismael Fernández, among other important collaborators, honors the world of fashion through mineras, tientos, fandangos, alegrías, bulerías and soleares.
Por Los Caminos features flamenco in a traditional theatre setting, displaying rage, lament, joy and serenity in a rhythmic work of feeling and passion. The choreography reflects the blending of cultures that comprise the art of flamenco, illustrating the influence of Latin American, Middle Eastern and other dance forms on the medium.
Tabloa Sevilla recreates the “tablaos” cafe setting found in the traditional tablaos of Spain. All the emotion, drama and passion of traditional flamenco is experienced in this tribute to the art form. Effervescent heel-and-toe step combinations and volcanic shoulder and hip actions present flamenco in its most pure and improvised form.