PASION Y ARTE PRESENTS: TABLAO PHILLY
Pasión y Arte (PyA), Philadelphia's premier all-female flamenco dance company, is pleased to present Tablao Philly, sponsored by PNC Arts Alive. Starting October 2015 and occurring quarterly, the first performance in the ongoing Tablao Philly series will feature the artists of Pasión y Arte, De Luna a Lunares and special guest, La Meira. Taking place October 29-31st at the Asian Arts Initiative at 1219 Vine Street, this performance will showcase unique interpretations of flamenco and wine and tapas will be served.
Reminiscent of the cafe like environment of the 18th and 19th century tablaos of Spain, Tablao Philly will recreate for the first time in Philadelphia a contemporary tablao experience. Originally tablaos were comparable to beat poetry cafes or improvisational jazz clubs, where diverse audiences would gather to drink, eat and enjoy music, rhythm, and movement by masters of the flamenco art form in an informal atmosphere of merriment. Philadelphia audiences will have the unique opportunity to participate in this classic experience as the intimate black box theater of the Asian Arts Initiative is transformed into a tablao where they will enjoy wine and tapas as they witness some of today's most respected and well known flamencos exhibit their craft.
The first Tablao Philly performance, October 29-31st will feature Philadelphia/New York based flamenco ensemble De Luna a Lunares, with dancers Monica Herrera, Marilla Quevedo, Griselda Marin, guitarist/cantor Cristian Puig and percussionist Guillermo Barron as well as the dancers and musicians of PyA, including cantors Barbara Martinez and Hector Jose Marquez, guitarist Andreas Arnold and dancers Kumiko Koide, Amelia Hernandez, Alexa Miton and Hevia y Vaca.
PyA is delighted to welcome special guest artist La Meira to the October Tablao Philly. La Meira is a world renowned New York City based flamenco dancer and teacher. Having performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Jacob's Pillow, La Meira's dancing has being hailed as "joyous, powerful" by The New York Times. In addition to performing, La Meira will be conducting a flamenco workshop on October 31st and November 1--please visit the PyA website for additional information.
Together, PyA, De Luna a Lunares and La Meira will present a memorable evening of flamenco dance and music as they each seek to display their own unique personal interpretations of the art form in an intimate tablao setting.
PyA is excited to continue Tablao Philly into 2016 and to bring new flamenco guest artists from both Spain and the United States to Philadelphia. Visit the PyA website for upcoming guest artist announcements.
Philly Tablao Performance Date/Times:
October 29, 30 and 31, 2015 at 9pm
January 28, 29 and 30, 2016 at 9pm
April 28, 29 and 30, 2016 at 9pm
June 9, 10 and 11, 2016 at 9pm
Each Tablao Philly performance will be 90 minutes long with two 10-minute intermissions for audiences to enjoy tapas and wine. Performances will run Thursday- Saturday from 9pm- 11pm and take place at the Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street. For ticket information please visit www.pasionyarteflamenco.org.
Asian Arts Initiative (View)
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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