Pasión y Arte (PyA), Philadelphia’s all-female flamenco dance company, has announced the launch of Tablao Philly, under PNC Arts Alive grant. Starting in October 2015, these intimate performances will take place at the dynamic Asian Arts Initiative black box theater located at 1219 Vine Street in Philadelphia.
Philly Tablao will present Philadelphia’s two premier flamenco companies: Pasion y Arte and De Luna a Lunares with special invited Flamenco masters from Spain. Each company and artist will present their unique interpretation of flamenco in an intimate setting where wine and tapas will be served. Each
Tablao is the traditional performance setting for popular flamenco that first appeared in the 18th- and 19th-century Spain. Tablaos in Spain and around the world continue to gather diverse audiences for an evening of food, drink and flamenco cante (song), toque (quitar) and baile by masters of the art form in an informal atmosphere of meriment.
While contemporary Tablaos exist in the U.S., Spain, Japan, and many countries in Europe, there has yet to be an ongoing one in Philadelphia despite its vibrant Latino, flamenco and dance communities and devoted audiences.
The program will be presented quarterly in 2015 and 2016, with the following schedule:
October 29, 30 and 31, 2015 at 9pm ;
January 28, 29 and 30, 2016 at 9pm ;
April 28, 29 and 30, 2016 at 9pm;
and June 9, 10 and 11, 2016 at 9pm.
About Pasión y Arte
For more than a decade, Pasión y Arte (PyA), Philadelphia’s premier all female contemporary flamenco dance company under the direction of Artistic Director Elba Hevia y Vaca, has been embracing artistic excellence in performance, education and community engagement focused on modern feminist flamenco. Deemed “world class” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pasión y Arte continues to strengthen flamenco’s legacy as a classical form while also expanding the trajectory of modern feminist flamenco through its conservatory classes, performances, and national tours. In six original productions and its presentation of the 2012 and 2014 Philadelphia Flamenco Festivals, PyA empowers women through self-expression by embracing bold experimentation that challenges traditional flamenco gender stereotypes
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