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SF Ethnic Dance Festival

FESTIVAL DANCERS

La Tania

DANCE ORIGIN: Spain
GENRE: Flamenco
DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER: La Tania
First Appearance in SF EDF: 2002
Website: www.lataniaflamenco.com

In 1993, after many years touring Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America, La Tania relocated to the Bay Area and founded La Tania Flamenco Music and Dance. She continues to teach and tour locally and internationally. The diversity and passion for dance La Tania has found in the Bay Area inspired Despertar es un Color. As she says, “a shared passion can form communities that become home to our hearts and spirit.”


2012 PERFORMANCE

TITLE: Alas al Viento
DANCE ORIGIN:
Spain
GENRE: FlamencoAlas al Viento
DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER: La Tania
MUSICIANS: Roberto Aguilar (guitar), Kina Mendez (vocals), Clara Rodriguez (palmas)

La Tania takes us on an intimate flamenco journey entitled Alas al Viento, an excerpt from the suite, Despertar es un Color (Awakening is a Color). Traditional flamenco movements and music blend with modern stylings to create a rousing atmosphere and tell a story of a shared passion for music and dance, and of unexpected cross-cultural communities.

Flamenco’s lamenting lyrics and melancholic melodies are usually traced to 16th-century Andalusian communities, from a people impoverished and marginalized by the Inquisition. This dance and music form echoes indigenous Andalusian or Iberian traditions, the music of Sephardic Jews in Andalucia, Moorish forms, and music developed in the Spanish new world and modified by the Romani. Flamenco songs have distinctive rhythms called palos. Most palos—there are at least sixty-five—have roots in several sources, but they are categorized by their most prominent cultural origin and related rhythms. The style of palo used in Alas al Viento is an Alegrias, from southern Spain.

La Tania’s choreographic style is deeply rooted in traditional music. She says, “I dance to escape the reasoning mind, the intellectual self. I create movement that feels organic, instinctual, musical, and visceral. Dancing is about learning to execute a musical score with your feet and interpreting the nuances of the singing.”

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