Invitation to a Wake

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Enter the inner world of five women as they experience the phase of mourning surrounding the death of a shared loved one.  Within the walls of the Woodlands Cemetery Mansion, a site renowned for its historical importance, a new investigation of morning will take place.  Through the traditions of flamenco and Afro-Cuban music, Artistic Director Elba Hevia y Vaca hopes to create a piece which both pays tribute to her artistic ancestors, and expresses the modern, changing face of flamenco.

Hevia y Vaca is thrilled to once again collaborate with some of the brilliant musicians who have worked with Pasion y Arte on past projects.  The piece will feature the Afro-Cuban jazz singer Venissa Santi (recent Pew fellow), percussion artist Francois Zayas, flamenco guitarist Raphael Brunn, and flamenco cantaora Barbara Martinez.  With “El Duelo,” Hevia y Vaca continues to explore the intersection of cultures and the marriage of styles.

Pasión y Arte is an all-female flamenco dance company created by Executive /Artistic Director and Choreographer Elba Hevia y Vaca in 2000.  Hevia y Vaca is compelled to create challenging, provocative, innovative and original works of flamenco with the dual goals of preserving and strengthening the tradition and empowering women.  Her work is deeply steeped in rigorous study of the Old World culture of flamenco baile (dance), cante (deep song), and toque (guitar), while incorporating New World flamenco and feminism. Through performance and residency activities Pasión y Arte fosters a uniquely feminine presence, practice, and content in a traditional form that has been dominated by male performers since the 15th century. Pasión y Arte’s work is a contemporary manifestation of the Flamenco tradition moving towards a new aesthetic—Neo-Flamenco.

2009 Philadelphia Live Arts & Philly Fringe
El Duelo (The Wake)
Pasión y Arte
September 16th-18th at 7pm
September 19th at 3pm and 7pm
Performances will take place in the Mansion at the center of Woodlands Cemetery, 400 Woodlands Ave
Tickets & Info: http://www.livearts-fringe.org/details.cfm?id=8898

Photo Credit: Jacques-Jean Tiziou