Tabla player Krissy Bergmark is an active performer and Jerome Travel & Study and Next Step grant winner for her studies with Pandit Yogesh Samsi in Mumbai, India.
Pianist/accordionist Steven Hobert is a fearless improviser who has performed with Dean Magraw, Issam Rafea, and the Glen Miller Orchestra.
Guitarist Ben Abrahamson has composed for the Mpls. Guitar Quartet and performed with Zorongo Flamenco, La Conja, Pedro Cortes, and Michael & Tony Hauser.
When: Sunday, May 14, 5:00pm
Where: Zorongo Studio
Belen Maya arrives at Zorongo on June 5!
Workshop info and more coming soon!
Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre together with Joe Chvala's Flying Foot Forum present "And The Beat Goes On!"
Where: The Cowles Center
April 21 - 23, 2017
This rhythm filled shared evening of contemporary percussive dance from the provocative "Flying Foot Forum" directed by Joe Chvala and passion driven flamenco by Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre, will leave the audience pulsing with joyful energy.
The companies will each present their own works – traditional Spanish flamenco from Zorongo and imaginative works inspired by Scandinavian and American folk dance from Flying Foot Forum – along with a joint work combining the two companies.
Zorongo’s artistic director, Susana di Palma, refers to the flamenco portion of the program as Siempre Flamenco – a showcase of the depth and breadth of flamenco dance. “Jaleos” by renowned flamenco artist La Conja features the full ensemble using funky and playful choreography. The company will also present the emotional “Rescilencia,” a premiere choreography by Omayra Amaya, the grand niece of legendary flamenco dancer Carmen Amaya. Special guest artist Jesus Muñoz will round out the program with a fast and furious solo piece, highlighting the passion and ferocity of traditional Spanish flamenco.
Music is a vital component of flamenco. Siempre Flamenco will feature master flamenco guitarist José Valle “Chuscales,” singer José Cortes Fernandez, percussionist José Moreno and guitarist Ben Abrahamson as the igniting force behind each of the pieces.
Artistic director of Flying Foot Forum Joe Chvala draws his influences from Sweden and beyond for his portion of the program. “Filarfolket,” set to music by the Swedish folk-rock band of the same name, combines American folk dance, tap and clogging. The intense and polyrhythmic “Trines” is inspired by the sound of metal instruments (like tap shoes) striking or being struck by wood, and “Friction,” an all-new work by local composer and percussionist Peter O’Gorman, will close Flying Foot Forum’s portion of the program.
The companies will also join forces to present “Las Madres” – an excerpt from the moving Garden of Names, a work originally created by the two companies in 1996. Garden of Names revolves around Argentina’s “desaparecidos” (the disappeared) – the thousands of activists, students, journalists and more killed in a period of state terrorism during the 1970s. The excerpt “Madres” is about the Mothers of the Plaza del Mayo in Buenos Aires. These mothers stood in the plaza in protest of their disappeared loved ones and continue to meet every Thursday as a reminder of the consequences of political torture and extremism. The companies plan to restage Garden of Names in its entirety in the coming year at The Cowles Center.
Both workshops will take place on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Times and workshop descriptions below.
MANTON FLAMENCO: SHAWL TECHNIQUE AND CHOREOGRAPHY with Leticia Aravena
In the workshop, Leticia Aravena shares with you very important secrets, tricks and techniques to handle the shawl with style, so you can easily learn the traditional way of dancing with the shawl. Then, she will put these techniques together in a flow, so you also learn how to apply it to a choreography. If you are a flamenca, you can incorporate all of these techniques into your own dances, like the Caña, Soleares, Sevillanas, Alegrías or whatever dance you enjoy dancing with the Mantón. Furthermore, you can also use these techniques to enhance your feminine charms in any social occasion that welcomes the elegance of a shawl on your shoulders. Olé You!
CANTE FLAMENCO WORKSHOP - Tangos de Granada, de Triana & Tanguillos with Patricia Nuñez “La Tiranta”
Learn the rhythm,the meaning behind the lyrics, accent training and learn the varius styles of tangos and the difference between each others. This workshop is orientated towards diverse learners,dancers, students, guitar players or anyone who is seeking to know more about authentic Cante Flamenco and it's origin.
Patricia Nuñez “La Tiranta”, singer, was born in Córdoba in 1987. Patricia inherited her passion for singing from her musical family background, particularly her mother. From an early age she start working with different musicians and artists from her city such as Angelin de Puente Genil, Rafael Trenas Jr., Álvaro Vizcaíno, Xavier de la Torre and others. Later on, she moved to Granada to study musical production and start her career in flamenco music.
Ross Fellrath is a lifelong musician with a passion and curiosity for music that has taken him around the country and world. Flamenco seemed like a good challenge. He has studied Flamenco in Madrid, Spain with El Entri, Jesus de Rosario and Killino Jimenez. In Sevilla, he studied with Javier Heredia and Mark Brown. He has also learned a lot from (and had a lot of fun at) the late night fiestas in Sevilla. He is a guitarist for Zorongo Flamenco and teacher Sachiko Nishiuchi. Ross is grateful for all the international and local talent the Minneapolis Flamenco community has to offer. He thinks the biggest reward of being a musician is all the interesting people he meets so make sure you say hello.
Sunday, February 5th, 2017
5pm - Zorongo Studio
When: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Time: Noon - 1:30pm
Do you need to understand "cante" to dance flamenco? The answer is YES!
Cantaor Vicente Griego will work with dancers on "tangos" and "bulerias."
Everyone is welcome at this Cante and Palmas workshop. Vicente will guide students in various rhythm excercises while helping students of all levels expand their skills.
All levels and abilities welcome.
Featuring beloved guest singer Vicente Griego together with dancers Colette Illarde and AJ Frenzel, local guitarists Ben Abrahamson & Trevor May, and Zorongo Maja dancers.
This performance is sure to warm you soul with the fiery passion of flamenco!
When: Sunday, January 29th, 2017
Where: Icehouse Mpls
Time: 6pm showtime
She's back! You saw her breathtaking performance in Lorca's Women...now experience her magic and unique expertise in this one-of-a-kind workshop.
Omayra Amaya's legacy is one of a deep and proud gypsy flamenco tradition. The daughter of flamenco dancers Olga and Curro Amaya and grandniece of the greatest Flamenco dancer who ever lived, Carmen Amaya.
|Saturday, January 14||
10:00am - 11:00am
11:15am - 12:45pm
|Sunday, January 15||
***11:30am - 1:00pm
Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre & School wass proud to present our students in a studio showing of dedication and inspiration.
With ages ranging from under 7 to over 70 and experience ranging from just weeks to several years and even decades, Zorongo's students keep coming back for many reasons. But one thing we all share is a fascination with fiery flamenco.
Join us to celebrate the journey of these passionate Minnesotans and give witness to the power of Flamenco to connect and transcend. You'll be supporting your friends and family as well as a renowned MN non-profit arts organization. And who knows, it could be you out there on the stage next time!
When: Sunday, December 18
When: Sunday, November 20th, 2016
Tickets: $22 advance / $25 door
Featuring dancers Maximilano Rebman, Jennifer Benavides, and singer La Conja, along with Zorongo dancers Colette Illarde & Deborah Elias-Morse with guitarists Ben Abrahamson and Trevor May.
Guest performers Jennifer Benavides & Maximiliano Rebman will be teaching workshops at the Zorongo studio in conjunction with their Icehouse performance on November 20, 2016.
Thursday Nov. 17th
6:30-8:00pm: Master class (technique and bulerías)
Saturday Nov. 19th
10-11am: Intro level (technique and tangos)
11:15-12:45 Intermediate level (technique and soleá)
Sunday Nov. 20th
12:00-1:30pm: Master class (technique and bulerías)
Advance workshop registration available HERE!
Alexis Maximiliano Rebman
Maxi began studying at a young age in his mother’s flamenco dance school in Mendoza, Argentina, winning numerous awards across South America where he performed extensively. At the age of 18, he moved to Madrid to continue his studies with masters such as Paco Romero and Domingo Ortega.He toured with the companies of Clara Ramona, Jose Huertas, Paco Romero, Manuel Reyes and la Tati, before joining Aida Gomez’s company in 2005. He danced with this company for six years, interpreting the soloist role of Zuñigo in her production of Carmen, performing in the Teatro Villamarta at the 2006 Festival de Jerez, Madrid’s Teatros del Canal, and numerous other international theaters from Japan to London.
He has shared the stage with such renowned artists as Rafael Amargo, Juan de Juan and Primitivo Danza. Since 2012, he has partnered celebrated dancer Inmaculada Ortega in Las Tablas, the Teatro de Miraflores and Casa Patas. He is a member of her company, Aroma Flamenco which performs regularly across Spain. Currently, Maxi dances in numerous tablaos in Madrid, including Candela, Torres Bermejas and Café de Chinitas.
He divides his time between the stage and the classroom, and he served as co-director, choreographer and principal teacher at Madrid’s Arabesques Escuela de Danza from 2011-2016.
Cuban-American, Jennifer began her dance training at a young age, studying classical ballet at the Baltimore School for the Arts. In 2000 she relocated to Madrid where she continued her flamenco studies in Amor de Dios with such masters as Maria Magdalena, Antonio Reyes and Inmaculada Ortega. In 2004 she became an apprentice in Inmaculada’s company Aroma Flamenco, becoming a full-fledged member in 2006.
She began to dance in the Madrid tablao scene in 2005, in the emblematic Torres Bermejas where she continues to perform today. She also dances in numerous other tablaos in Madrid including El Cortijo, El Café de Chinitas and El Juglar. In 2008 she danced with Joaquin Ruiz’s company in Barcelona’s Palau de la Música. She has also performed alongside Charo Espino and Angel Muñoz with Carlotta Santana’s New York-based company Flamenco Vivo. From 2012-2014 she performed a soloist role in Inmaculada Ortega’s production Me Olvidé de Ti…Alzheimer which was presented in numerous theaters across the community of Madrid.
Jennifer shares her time on stage and in the classroom, and since 2006 she has travelled five times to Japan’s prestigious Spainkikaku flamenco academies in Osaka, Kyoto and Fukuoka. She currently teaches private classes in Madrid.
In conjunction with Zorongo's "Los Caprichos" performances, Zorongo will be teaching FREE public workshops in St. Paul!
When: Saturday, November 5
Where: Rondo Community Library, 461 Dale St. N., St. Paul, MN 55104
Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Copyright Anita White
Premiering as a work-in-progress at the Cowles Center for Dance & Performing Arts in Minneapolis in June 2015, the completed flamenco dance work LOS CAPRICHOS will make its full-length debut at Park Square Theatre's Proscenium Stage in St. Paul on November 5 & 6, 2016.
Inspired by Spanish artist Francisco Goya and his satirical prints, including The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters. The StarTribune has called the piece an "image-heavy dance - with rhythmic flamenco punctuated by moments of stillness and creeping, sinister movements." In other words, a performance that evokes the mysteries of Halloween and the drama of the Election season that the first weekend in November will bring.
Saturday, November 5 - 7:30pm
Sunday, November 6 - 2:30pm
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
St. Paul, MN 55102
""Los Caprichos" had something really powerful.." - Minneapolis StarTribune, 2015
LOS CAPRICHOS will feature Zorongo Artistic Director Susana di Palma, original music by guitarist/composer Ben Abrahamson, tap/percussion dancers Jeremy Bensussan & Tryone Russell, and other local Zorongo dancers.
"And yet amid these moments of horror came humor as well"
An exhilarating and socially moving show for fall.
Antonio Arrebola was born in Malaga, Spain and began dancing at the age of eight. He began his dance studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Danza in Málaga, where he was trained in baile flamenco, ballet clásico and clásico español and studied with Susana Lupiañez, Ricardo Caña, and Valentina Letova. In 2001, Antonio was awarded a full scholarship from the Fundación Cristina Hereen de Arte de Flamenco in Sevilla to continue perfecting his technique, and studied under such flamenco greats as Javier Latorre, Javier Barón, Rafael Campallo, Manuel Soler, and Hiniesta Cortés.The following year, Mario Maya selected Antonio as a student at the Centro Escénico in Granada, where he studied with Alejandro Granados, Rafaela Carrasco, Belén Maya, and Juan Andrés Maya.
|Saturday, October 15, 2016||Intro/New students||10am - 11am||$25|
|Intermediate/Advanced||11:15am - 12:45pm||$25|
|Sunday, October 16 , 2016||Intermediate/Advanced||Noon - 1:30pm||$25|
Zorongo's annual Fall Open House took place on Saturday, September 10th from 10am - 1pm!
There were snacks, free sample classes, and a small performance by Zorongo's apprentices, the "Majas".
10am - 10:20am - Sample Intro to Flamenco Class
10:30am - Faruquito Flash mob
10:45am - 11am - Sample Kids Palomitas Class
11:05am - Majas Performance
11:15am - 12:05pm - Sample Intermediate Class
12:15pm - Sevillanas
12:30pm - 12:45pm - Sample Flamenco Basics Class
12:45pm - Faruquito Flash mob
Zorongo performed at the Minnesota State Fair again this year as part of Arts A'Fair!
All performances were held in the West End Market of the Fair right behind the Skyride.
Zorongo also had a booth inside the Education building along with the other Arts A'Fair participants.
Dates: Sunday, August 28 through Tuesday, August 30
Showtimes each day: 3:30PM, 4:30PM, 5:30PM, 6:30PM
Date: August 14, 2016
Time: 7pm @ Zorongo
Music: Andréana performed classical works of Spanish and South American composers and traditional flamenco works of Sabicas, Rene Heredia, and compositions by Tony Hauser.
Andréana's love for flamenco stems from the rich heritage of her Spanish Gypsy roots that trace back to Granada, Spain. Her father, Enriqué Cortés-Heredia, was one of six musicians and dancers for La Familia Heredia, who were prominent flamenco artists based in Los Angeles, CA. Furthermore, he was the principal guitarist for renowned flamenco dancer José Greco. Realizing that the family’s role in “El Arte de Flamenco” would end with her father’s generation, Andréana set about learning flamenco guitar from her father (in the Gypsy tradition), and she has studied with several other flamenco maestros, including Pedro Cortés, Jr., Jose “Chuscales” Valle, Amir John Hadad, and her uncle, René Heredia. Since then, as one of the few female flamenco guitarists in the Twin Cities, Andréana has served as an accompanist for the Zorongo Flamenco Theater and Dance School, Anda Flamenco, and as second guitarists to Michael Hauser. Andréana is a 2016 graduate of the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, with a B.A. in music, specializing in flamenco and classical guitar, where she studied under Tony Hauser.
La Conja is returning to Zorongo this summer and she will be teaching workshops!
All levels are welcome.
Thursday, July 21
6:30pm - 8pm
Saturday, July 23
11:15am - 12:45pm
Sunday, July 24
Noon - 1:30pm
La Conja's workshop will focus on compás technique, footwork, as well as the torso, upper body, and arms. She will also explore improvisation of different Palos (styles) in flamenco.
Zorongo will be returning to the Icehouse on July 17 with an all new performance featuring La Conja!
"Noche de Andalucia," will be a night of "arte y compas" with one of the flamenco world's most versatile artists, flamenco dancer and singer, La Conja.
La Conja will be accompanied by Ben Abrahamson, Trevor May and Michael Ziegahn on guitar joined by local dancers from Zorongo, Catherine Higgins Whiteside and Christine Kozachok.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
4:30pm doors / 5pm showtime
Tickets: $12 in advance / $15 at the door
Conceived and produced by Other Tiger Productions, The Palabras Project is an immersive musical and theatrical experience. Twin Cities top Latino talents fill Park Square Theatre's Andy Boss Thrust Stage with a celebration of words, art and music inspired by Federico García Lorca's play Blood Wedding.
Directed by Jessica Huang and Ricardo Vázquez, the performance weaves throughout the theatre combining the provacative flamenco dance of Susana di Palma (Zorongo dancers will be featured), the hip-hop influenced Boricua music of Maria Isa, the songs of Javier Trejo, the indigenous art of Armando Gutierrez G., the masks and puppets of Gustavo Boada, and the storytelling of Dario Tangelson.
The Palabras Project played at the Park Square Theatre's Andy Boss Thrust Stage from July 8 - 17, 2016.
Zorongo is back at the Lake Harriet Bandshell this summer!
The Zorongo School and apprentices will be doing a FREE performance at the Lake Harriet Bandshell as part of the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation program "Music in the Parks" series.
When: Sunday, July 3rd
Where: Lake Harriet Bandshell (4135 W Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55409)
Much loved singer and dancer La Conja will be hosting workshops at the Zorongo Studio April 19 & 20, 2016.
Flamenco is a very complex
Musical form which has many elements that make it Flamenco, the singing, dance,
Guitar, palmas, the rhythm
All these elements are very important in order to understand how Flamenco works, & how you dance to a singer, the difference styles in the cante. How a dance is put together with a singer & guitarists. The art of the palmas, learning to accompany a dancer & singer in a performance setting.The Importance of the compas
The rhythm in Flamenco
This class will be for dancers, guitarists, & students interested in the cante.
Photo Credit Angelica Escoto
Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
6:30 - 8:30pm
Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
6:30 - 8:30pm
LORCA'S WOMEN featured a cast of international dancers and musicians, including:
Omayra Amaya - grand-niece of the greatest Flamenco dancer who ever lived, Carmen Amaya
Jose Vallé “Chuscales” - gypsy flamenco guitar master with international acclaim born in Granada, Spain
La Conja - singer and dancer, La Conja is one of the flamenco world’s most versatile artists
Kina Mendez- vibrant and exhilarating flamenco singer from Jerez, Spain
Roberto Castellon - guitar virtuoso
The show also included: Susana di Palma, Deborah Elias, Colette Illarde, Andrea J. Frenzel, and the Zorongo apprentices.
“Flamenco embodies the universal quest for expressing the mysteries of the soul through the forms of music, poetry and dance. In my newest work, I will explore ‘Who are these women in today's world?’” Susana di Palma, Zorongo founder and artistic director, said.
Returning to the stage was Zorongo regulars Jose Vallé “Chuscales” and Kina Mendez along with a highlighted performance by flamenco legend Omayra Amaya.
Federico García Lorca is known as the voice of "los gitanos,” the Romani people of southern Spain who are identified with the Andalusian culture, which gave birth to flamenco. The poems found in his "Poemas del Cante Jondo" and in his three tragedies evoke the essence, drama, and nature of the art form. Lorca's female characters including the eponymous tragic heroine in “Yerma,” the daughters in "Bernarda Alba," the bride in “Blood Wedding," and the female imagery in the poem “La Luna”, will be central figures in the dances choreographed for these three performances.
Omayra Amaya taught workshops at the Zorongo Studio prior to her performance in Zorongo's production of Lorca's Women. Workshop dates and times below.
"I had the great opportunity to be part of the workshop in July. I think it was an incredible experience to be one of her students. Omayra is not only super good explaining every step of her choreography but at the same time she makes people feel very comfortable while learning. I loved it! I hope she comes back to Tampa soon." –Marlene Butkus, a student of Omayra
Photo Credit Sarah Sivler
|Tuesday, April 5th, 2016||6:30pm - 8pm||Intermediate/Advanced||$30|
|Sunday, April 10th, 2016||Noon - 1:30pm||Intermediate/Advanced||$30|
We will explore and learn about the life of genius guitarist Paco de Lucía. The evening will start by watching the film "Paco de Lucía: la búsqueda", a documentary which follows Lucía as he is immersed in recording his last and final record before his death. To conclude the night, guitarist Diego Rowan-Martin will perform.
"Guitar legend Paco de Lucia agreed to collaborate with director Francisco Sanchez Varela on this documentary about his life and some of the lessons that he learned throughout six decades of devotion to Flamenco music. (He began to play the guitar at age 7 and died at 66.) The film features a series of intimate, sometimes hilarious interviews with the Andalusian master, and plenty of his amazing music. We learn about his relationship with other Flamenco greats, like the singer Camaron, and jazz musicians, like John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola and Chick Corea, among others. "
This film won "Best Documentary" at the Goya awards in 2015.
When: February 21, 2016
Cost: FREE ($5 donation encouraged)
Where: Zorongo Studio
Blood Wedding and Lorca!
Come and learn about the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca from professor Marina Martin Orejana.
Starting at 5pm, we will watch the movie "Blood Wedding" by Carlos Saura. After the movie we will talk to Professor Marina about Lorca and his life.
This is the beginning of our "Lorca" winter sunday series which will shadow the work done by Zorongo on our new theater/flamenco work "Lorca's Women" which will premiere at the Cowles Center in Minneapolis on April 15th!
When: January 17th @5pm
Price: FREE ($5 donation encouraged)
Where: Zorongo Studio
Popcorn and treats will be provided.
Patrick's Cabaret presents....the Pitch Dark Cabaret, performance art in the dark
Friday & Saturday, December 11-12, 2015 at 7:30pm
@Patrick's Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis
Tickets= $10 at the door, $8 in advance from Zorongo
Curated and hosted by Scott Artley, Patrick's Cabaret Performing Arts Curator
ABOUT THE PITCH DARK CABARET
In this experimental Cabaret event, held in the darkest period of the year, artists are invited to present works of any kind, from any genre, but with a catch - from start to finish, the entire space will be completely in the dark. With the sense of sight left out of the equation, artists heighten the live exploration of sound and language, time and space, isolation and attachment.
Zorongo's eight new apprentices, the "majas", performed their new choreography by Jesus Muñoz and more to conclude 2015.
A free holiday fiesta was held in the Zorongo studio following the performance.
When: Sunday, December 6th
Where: Patrick's Cabaret
Zorongo participated in Give to the Max Day on November 12, 2015.
Please consider making a donation to Zorongo (you can still make one today!). Your donation will go towards supporting artists, providing free community events like our Sunday Series, and simply supporting Zorongo and the flamenco community.
*Donors contributing $250 or more will be invited to an authentic Spanish Tapas Happy Hour at the home of one of our Board Members between January - March.
In October 2015, Zorongo went on a short tour and offered master classes by our guest artists. Below are the performance dates.
November 6th - Fairmont Opera House (Fairmont, MN)
November 7th - Lakeville Area Arts Center (Lakeville, MN)
November 8th - Icehouse (Minneapolis, MN)
When: Saturday, November 7th
Where: Zorongo Studio
Time: 2pm - 3:30pm
Vicente Griego “El Cartucho” is from Dixon/Embudo, New Mexico and has devoted his life to the study of cante flamenco, the art of flamenco singing.
In 1992, Vicente began touring the US, Canada and Latin America, with the Jose Greco II Flamenco Dance Company, where he was mentored by Caño Roto and Alfonso “Veneno” of Madrid, Spain. He remains a pupil of acclaimed guitarist, Chuscales.
Vicente Griego has performed with Encinas Yjastros National Flamenco Company for the last eleven years and continues to tour the US.
At age 18 after being inspired by guitarist Isaiah Vigil, Muñoz attended his first flamenco dance class in Albuquerque, NM. 13 years later Muñoz has been in over 2,000 performances worldwide from intimate tablaos to the Lincoln Center in New York City and has introduced flamenco to over 45,000 students.
Muñoz directs Jesus Muñoz Flamenco and Co-Directs La Chispa and Co. In 2009 Muñoz founded Casa Flamenca School of Flamenco in Albuquerque, NM with a mission to create and produce world-class flamenco art in addition to creating a viable community that embraces flamenco culture and hosts world-class guest artists. In March, Muñoz was a featured soloist at Lincoln Center for the exhibit, “100 years of Flamenco in New York City.” Recently, Muñoz has been featured at Jazz Café at Music Hall, the Detroit Institute of the Arts “Spanish Masters” series, the National Museum of Dance, Nasher Museum at Duke University, University of Sevilla (Sevilla), El Gran Teatro Falla (Cadiz), Palacio Andaluz (Sevilla), Spanish Embassies (USA and Canada), for the Prince of Spain, and has closed for the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra at the Arvada Center Amphitheatre.
The first week of Jesus' workshop will concentrate on choreography. The following week he will have Vicente Griego sing for the class giving students the experience of dancing the choreography with the cante.
How do perspectives shift through mediums pierced from changing angles and paths?
This exploratory event will feature a collection of pieces intertwining Music, Movement, and Meaning through original scores by Bruce Bolon, choreography by Yung-Tsi Bolon, and poetry by Wang Ping.
Sunday, October 25, 2015
FREE ($5 suggested donation)
Park Evans/Thomas Nordlund/Ben Abrahamson
Sunday, October 4th
Equal parts bourbon-soaked country, barnstorming flamenco, and jazz improvisation, Orchestra for Ants breathes new life into the guitar trio format. Guitarists Park Evans, Thomas Nordlund, and Ben Abrahamson weave together a small orchestra of steel-string, flamenco, and 12-string acoustic guitar sounds.
Press release available here.
On June 26 & 27, 2015 Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre presented FLAMENCO ON FIRE an evening of spectacular traditional Spanish flamenco dance and music at The Cowles Center in Minneapolis. The two part program also featured an excerpt from Susana di Palma’s new provocative contemporary flamenco ballet "Los Caprichos" which is inspired by Spanish artist Francisco Goya and his satirical prints including "The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters".
Flamenco on Fire featured a cast of international dancers and musicians from Spain, including:
- Jose Vallé “Chuscales” - A Spanish gypsy flamenco guitar master born in Granada, Spain
- Kina Mendez - Vibrant flamenco singer from Jerez, Spain
- José Cortés Fernández - A passionate flamenco percussionist and vocalist of Spanish heritage.
- Antonio Arrebola - A contemporary flamenco dancer & choreographer from Malaga, Spain
“Flamenco on Fire is about truly honoring our flamenco community and this vibrant, passionate tradition” said Zorongo founder and Artistic Director Susana di Palma, “flamenco embodies the universal quest for expressing the mysteries of the soul through the forms of music, poetry and dance”. In essence, “The true fire is from the past”.
This year, Zorongo’s Cowles season was dedicated to honoring the legacy of the flamenco tradition which has found a second home here in Twin Cities.
Come join Zorongo and its students on May 31st at Patrick's Cabaret!
Zorongo's students will perform two shows and celebrate the beginning of summer.
Showtimes: 4pm & 6pm
Tickets: $10 (only available at the door)
Location: Patrick's Cabaret (3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis)
National Public Radio calls Juanito Pascual "one of the hottest flamenco guitarists to emerge in recent years." A Minneapolis native and graduate of Boston's New England Conservatory, Juanito enjoys an active international touring schedule as soloist, band leader and as collaborator with numerous projects.
In 2014 Juantio released his third album of original compositions and has been a featured artist in such renowned venues as the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, New York's Avery Fisher Hall and Blue Note Jazz Club, Panama Jazz Festival, Mexico City's Eurojazz Festival, and Madrid's Casa Patas. He has been featured on the NPR's "The World" program and made an appearance in the 2009 film "Pink Panther 2" alongside Steve Martin and Andy Garcia.
FULL BIO and more: juanitopascual.com
Photo credit: Rolf Arnold
"In this workshop, we will approach flamenco through a conceptual lens. Freed from its traditional associations and liberated from complicated techniques that often exclude participation, flamenco is able to become a universal language for all present. One focus of the workshop will be to define and explore which aspects characterize the “flamenco body” and the quality of flamenco movement. Participants will be taught how to harness forms such as remate, pellizco, jaleo and llamada, and stylistically reinvent and repurpose them according to their individual expression and background. These elements are the building blocks to dancing a “pataita”, or short solo danced to a phrase of bulerías.
This workshop is open to movers of all levels and anyone who is curious to interact with this art form on a personal level and without the weight of tradition.
To learn more about Anna, please visit her website here.
If you missed any of the presentation dates, all slide shows and other supporting materials are available below.
History of Spanish Dance...According to Susana!
View videos and hear legends of the "greats"
What is Flamenco and How Does it Work?
Learn about the structure and creative workings
History of Flamenco Music
Videos and discussion surrounding the history of the art form focusing on the "cante" and guitar.
Recuerdos: Reflections on Our Personal Histories with Flamenco
Dancers Catherine Higgins Whiteside, Christine Kozachok, and Andrea Plevan perform with guitarists Michael Hauser & Ben Abrahamson
When: November 16th, 2014
All are welcome!
A long time friend of Zorongo, Ben is an active guitarist, composer, and improviser based in the Twin Cities. His passion for flamenco guitar drove him to Taller de Músics School of Music in Barcelona, Spain, where he studied under Juan Ramón Caro. He has served as guest composer/guitarist with the Muhlenberg College Theatre & Dance Dept. in Allentown, PA, and the Macalester College Dance Dept. here in MN. Ben teaches private guitar lessons and group workshops in the Twin Cities and in Philadelphia, PA. www.benabrahamson.com
Daniel Volovets is a guitarist, composer, and arranger with over 14 years of professional experience. He performs regularly throughout the Twin Cities at a variety of venues, including events organized by the Minnesota Guitar Society and the St. Paul Public Library. Daniel is majoring in neuroscience at the University of St. Thomas and aspires to balance careers in medicine and music. He has recorded four CDs – Watercolors of the World (2008), Silhouette (2009), Rite of Passage (2011), and Rainy Highway (2014).
Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre presents “Echos of Spain”, a concert full of vibrant traditional flamenco dance, guitar and singing, and featuring an ensemble of critically acclaimed, masterful performers. Inspired by the “Avante Garde” revolution in Paris in the early 1900's in which the glamour and fire of Spanish dance ignited the art scene, this performance will present songs, music and dances that echo the past while bringing forth contemporary spirit and virtuosity.
Artistic Director, Susana di Palma directs master gypsy guitarist Chuscales, powerful flamenco singer Vicente Griego and dancers Jesus Muñoz, Deborah Elias and Colette Illarde in an evening concert that you will not forget.
As part of the MN States Art Board Legacy Tour, we will be bringing this show to the following communities:
Oct. 10 - Civic Center, Glenwood, MN
Oct. 11 - Kiehle Auditorium, Crookstan, MN
Oct. 12 - Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN
Oct. 13 - Park Rapids Area Library at Armory Square, Park Rapids, MN
Oct. 14 - Bemidji Public Library, Bemidji, MN
Oct. 16 - Arrowwood Lodge, Brainerd, MN
Oct. 18 - Mankato State University, Mankato, MN
Oct. 19 - Bedlam Theatre, St. Paul, MN
This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre returned to The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts with ConVivir: 7 Dances to a More Compassionate World. The show ran April 4, 5 and 6, 2014.
ConVivir is inspired by the “convivencia” (“coexistence”) period in Spanish history (711 CE to 1492 CE) when Jews, Christians and Muslims lived together in an atmosphere that was remarkable for its lack of religious strife. Zorongo Founder and Artistic Director Susana di Palma will construct another of her trademark multi-disciplinary and multi-media spectacles, using contemporary Spanish flamenco guitar, singing and dance, as well as other forms of music and performance to evoke a broader range of emotions. Flamenco, hip hop, Sephardic and Arabic music and dance will fuse with poetry, legend, and present day culture to offer a compelling vision of the future. Zorongo will also offer outreach activities including a panel discussion with local faith leaders to discuss the pressing issues of interfaith cooperation and coexistence that this production raises.
ConVivir will feature an international cast, including:
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Zorongo Flamenco's production of ConVivir has received support from the Goodale Family Foundation, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, the City of St Paul Cultural STAR grant program, and individual donors. Also underwritten by the American Composers Forum’s Live Music for Dance Minnesota program in partnership with NewMusicUSA, with funds provided by the McKnight Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Zorongo Flamenco is also supported by the McKnight Foundation, the Target Foundation, and the General Mills Foundation.
Zorongo Flamenco's production of ConVivir received support from the Goodale Family Foundation, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, the City of St Paul Cultural STAR grant program, the American Composers Forum and individual donors. Zorongo Flamenco is also supported by the McKnight Foundation, the Target Foundation, and the General Mills Foundation.
In conjunction with ConVivir: 7 Dances to A More Compassionate World, Zorongo Flamenco presented a preview excerpt of the show, along with a public dialogue highlighting how the Jewish, Muslim and Christian cultural cooperation of Medieval Spain's renowned Convivencia period is more relevant and necessary than ever in the Twin Cities metro area. The event was held at Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Ave., St. Paul, on Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 6 - 8PM, with a small reception afterwards.
Dr. Michelle Hamilton, Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor, Spanish & Portuguese, University of Minnesota, and Dr. Stacy Beckwith, Chair of Middle Eastern Languages, Director of Judaic Studies, Professor of Hebrew, Carleton College, set the context of the fabled Convivencia (literally meaning coexistence) epoch when active interaction and cooperation between Jews, Muslims and Christians produced a brilliant and exceptional cultural flourishing.
Drs. Hamilton and Beckwith introduced a noted panel of local interfaith leaders - Rev. David Lindsey, Pastor, Lynnhurst Congregational UCC, Rabbi David Wirtschafter, Visiting Scholar in Jewish Studies, Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, and Dr. Adil Ozdemir, Co-Director, Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center, Clinical Professor, University of St. Thomas, who will briefly discuss how these earlier historical moments and their cultural legacy echo aspects of our own Twin Cities communities, including negotiation of languages, cultural values, and religious beliefs. A question and answer period followed.
Prior to the panel and dialogue, Susan di Palma provided a short explanation of ConVivir and a preview of this exciting performance, featuring noted local and global artists.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Mount Zion Temple
1300 Summit Ave, St Paul
Free and open to the public
Zorongo Flamenco's production of ConVivir has received support from the Goodale Family Foundation, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, the City of St Paul Cultural STAR grant program, the American Composers Forum and individual donors. Zorongo Flamenco is also supported by the McKnight Foundation, the Target Foundation, and the General Mills Foundation.
Sol y Luna was a special presentation of Zorongo's Arts Tour Minnesota content here in Minneapolis. A sold-out house joined us at The Ritz Theatre for an exceptional evening of flamenco featuring guitar legend Chuscales (pictured at right), vocalist Vicente Griego, and dancers Antonio Arrebola, Deborah Elias and Colette Illarde with choreography and a solo by Zorongo Artistic Director Susana di Palma.
Sol y Luna
Saturday, November 9th
The Ritz Theatre, 345 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis
This fall, Zorongo Flamenco artists once again hit the road with their show Sol y Luna for tour dates in Greater Minnesota, as part of the Minnesota State Arts Board's Arts Tour Minnesota program, supported by funds from the Legacy Amendment. The full troupe of dancers and musicians, including Chuscales, Antonio Arrebola (pictured at right), Vicente Griego, Colette Illarde and Deborah Elias, visited seven communities to present a program of flamenco music, song and dance.
October 28: Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato
October 30: Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter
November 4: Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet
November 5: The Reif Center in Grand Rapids
November 7: Central Lakes College in Brainerd
November 8: The University of Minnesota at Morris
November 10: Carleton College in Northfield
This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State's general fund and its arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
Choreography by Susana di Palma
March 8, 9 and 10, 2013
The Goodale Theatre at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts
Zorongo Artistic director Susana di Palma presented her newest flamenco adventure, Locas Mujeres y Mas/Madwomen and More, at The Cowles Center for the Performing Arts on March 8th, 2013.
Locas Mujeres y Mas/Madwomen and More was inspired by the poetry of Chilean educator, diplomat and Nobel Laureate Gabriela Mistral. The show featured dancers Deborah Elias, Colette Illarde, Yung-Tsi Bolon, Chris Kozachok, Jenna Laffin and Andrea Plevan, performing choreographies that explored the sensual, yet often melancholy writings that Mistral created to commemorate all the ways that women are considered “mad” by society. Vocalists Barbara Martinez and Jesús Montoya, guitarists Ricardo Anglada and Tony Hauser, percussionist El Yiyi and special guest dancer Antonio Granjero also performed in the second part of the evening, which featured a range of original choreographies by Granjero and created great excitement in the audience.
Locas Mujeres y Mas/Madwomen and More is produced with the help of grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the Goodale Family Foundation, the Program for Cultural Cooperation of the Spanish Government and the generous support of many individual donors.
Choregraphy by Susana di Palma
Poetry by Heid Erdrich
Animation by Jonathan Thunder
February 24, 25 and 26, 2012
The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts
In Zorongo Flamenco's imaginitive production, Zorro makes a spectacular appearance in the land of the Golden-Breasted Woodpecker -- Madeleine Island, spiritual home of the Ojibwe people.
Creatively based on choreographer Susana di Palma's family memoir, the fabled Zorro comes alive through evocative flamenco dance and music performed by a powerful cast of Native American, Spanish and local artists, all led by Antonio Granjero as the hero!
— Caroline Palmer, StarTribune
— Gary Peterson, Minnesota Mist
A collaborative choreography by Susana di Palma and Myron Johnson
June 23rd to June 25th, 2011, Ritz Theatre
"[O]nly the combined imaginations of Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre's Susana di Palma and the Ballet of the Dolls' Myron Johnson and Robert Skafte could conceive the wonderfully weird "Dali's Cookbook: A Gastronomical Inquisition,"
— Caroline Palmer, StarTribune