'Fuego Flamenco VII'

'Fuego Flamenco VII'

Seventh Annual Flamenco Festival at GALA with artists from Spain and the United States.

Fuego Flamenco VII is an exploration of the diversity and depth of flamenco and its contemporary expressions. This year’s attractions include a United States premiere with the sultry Ana González appearing with the José Barrios and Company from Madrid, and a world premiere by Edwin Aparicio and the Flamenco Aparicio Dance Company from Washington, D.C. that features only male flamenco dancers from Spain and the United States.

In addition, there will be free lecture-demonstrations on flamenco for children and families. The festival is made possible with generous support from Lynne and Joseph Horning, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC, and Spain’s Ministry of Culture.

Fuego Flamenco VII, part of GALA’s ArteAmericA series in collaboration with the Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS), kicks off at GALA Theatre, 3333 14th Street, NW, on Thursday, November 17 at 8 pm with the return of José Barrios and Company, presented by Madrid’s Fundación Conservatorio Flamenco Casa Patas, in a new piece, Flamenco Algarabía/I Refuse to Stop Laughing.

This innovative work is choreographed by José Barrios and features artist Ana González under the musical direction of Isaac Muñoz. Performances continue on Friday, November 18, Saturday, November 19 at 8 pm, and Sunday, November 20 at 3 pm.

Flamenco Algarabía/I Refuse to Stop Laughing showcases the universality of dance and music as it transcends language and culture. “The process of developing this piece has been one of constant inquiry, exploration and joy as musicians and dancers of different styles and genres have come together to create a unique work.” comments Barrios. “It was born from my desire to keep smiling in the face of adversity and to learn and grow from those experiences.” The show features dancers Ana González and José Barrios; singers Gema Caballero and Juan Debel; guitarists Isaac Muñoz and David Durán; and Wafir S. Gibril on accordion, lute and percussion.

Casa Patas is a world-renowned Madrid tablao, hosting some of the best and most authentic flamenco in Spain. Famous groups and new talent sometimes share the same stage to create memorable productions. The Fundación Conservatorio Flamenco Casa Patas grew out of this club and today sponsors workshops, seminars, and exhibitions promoting the art of flamenco.

Single tickets are $30, and Student and Senior Tickets are $18. A Discount Festival Ticket is $50.

  • Performing arts
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Nov 17, 2011Dec 4, 2011


GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20010

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