Flamenco Vivo in the Capital Region

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. Photo by Angelica Escoto

Year: 2021-2022
DanceForce Member: Kim Engel
Artist: Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, Carlota Santana
Audience: 810
County: Albany, Schenectady

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, a Capital Region venue will host Flamenco Vivo in October for two performances of flamenco music, song and dance for approximately 500-1000 audience members (depending on capacity restrictions at the time). Led by Artistic Director Carlota Santana, the ensemble is the nation’s most prominent flamenco and Spanish dance company, dedicated to the belief that the universal spirit of flamenco, a multicultural art form, has the power to build bridges between cultures. The company’s work honors and upholds the purity and traditions of flamenco and classical Spanish dance while pushing the boundaries of the art form in new directions.

The company will perform Tablao Flamenco which had its premiere at Le Poisson Rouge. Tablao performances are highly improvisational in nature and offer audiences a rare, up-close opportunity to watch the dynamic interplay between flamenco song and dance. The energy is explosive as the artists are inspired by each other and have the freedom to embrace spontaneity.

This engagement was originally scheduled for October 2020 at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center as part of the Dance in Albany series. It was postponed due to the pandemic. Ideally, it will be rescheduled for the fall of 2021 but, due to financial constraints at the University at Albany, it may need to happen at another Capital Region venue. Possible locations could be The Egg, Proctors, Troy Music Hall, Universal Preservation Hall, Skidmore College or Union College. It’s also possible that the fall may not be feasible in which case the engagement will be scheduled for the spring of 2022.

It’s been almost 10 years since Carlota Santana’s work has been seen in the Capital Region. Flamenco Vivo II was hosted by the UAlbany Performing Arts Center for five days in 2012.

Besides the performances, it is anticipated that the company will also conduct outreach activities in the community as the schedule allows.

In connection to the Capital Region engagement but as part of a separate project, the company will travel to Washington County for a performance at Hubbard Hall.  This engagement had been scheduled to take place in October 2020 but was also postponed due to the pandemic.  The two projects are purposefully dependent on each other and each is supported with a separate allocation of funding from the NYS DanceForce.  The success and completion of one project will ensure the success and completion of the other.