Two contemporary flamenco works, Forge by Annalouise Paul and Bush Bailando by Pepa Molina, will premiere at Riverside Theatres Parramatta from 5 – 7 May. Both flamenco artists are Australia and both will dance solo alongside live musicians.
Forge is a dance-music collaboration between Annalouise Paul, pianist-sound designer Marianthe Loucataris and vocalist Helen Rivero. Forge draws upon contemporary dance and the percussive power of the piano to reinterpret the soulful flamenco form Seguiriyas and its origins in Sephardi song.
Bush Bailando reflects the sounds and rhythms found in the Australian landscape, and in particular the bush surrounding the western Sydney home of dancer Pepa Molina. She explores the displacement of her Andalusian heritage and draws inspiration from the natural elements of water, wind, earth and fire.
Molina has performed with acclaimed flamenco dance companies such as Los Arrieritos, Manolete, Juan Andrés Maya’s dance companies, and as a soloist for Paco Peña and Los Losadas. She will be accompanied on stage by flamenco composer and guitarist Marco Van Doornum and multi-instrumentalist Stuart Vandegraaff. The performance will also feature an original score from Marco and Spanish electroacoustic composer and soundscape designer, Héctor González Sánchez.
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This article was originally published on Dance Australia.