Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. Photo by Character Generators.

Year: 2020/2021
DanceForce Member: James Lemons
Artist: Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana
Community Partner: Lake Placid Center for the Arts
Audience: 550
County: Essex

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana will spend three days in rural, upstate New York sharing the traditional art of Flamenco with the area through a variety of activities.

On April 17, 2021, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana will present a public presentation of the evening-length piece “Latido” choreographed by José Maldonado, with an original score by Gaspar Rodriguez. Latido, meaning “beat,” is an investigation of life and connectedness. The Latido awakens everything – from the heartbeat that begins and sustains all human life to the compás, the dynamic web of rhythm, tones and poetry that grounds and unites flamenco artists.

Using flamenco’s innate capacity to embody and express the full range of the human condition, Maldonado explores our emotional boundaries and humanity by seeking to reveal the artists’ innermost selves to the audience. Hailed by The New York Times for his “bursts of brilliance and uncommon invention,” Maldonado is the winner of the 2019 Premio Artista Revelación at the XXIII Festival of Jerez, an award for best up-and-coming artist. His last commission for Flamenco Vivo was heralded by The New York Times as “the rare flamenco group piece that doesn’t stifle the individual spirit.”

On April 19, 2021, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana will provide a lecture/demonstration for 350 area school kids as a part of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts’ School Day Matinee Series. Drawing upon Flamenco Vivo’s extensive teaching experience, the program will seek to show the origins of the flamenco dance, song and music; to demonstrate
and relate the relationships between Spain and the Latin American cultures; and present a high quality,
entertaining multilingual program.

In the afternoon of April 19, the company will also conduct a Flamenco for Seniors workshop. Specifically tailored for our aging popultion, the class aims to increase the participants’ awareness and understanding of flamenco dance and its cultural heritage.