DanceForce Member: Kim Engel
Artist: Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana
Community Partners: Hubbard Hall, Cambridge NY; UAlbany Performing Arts Center
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Flamenco Vivo will travel to the Capital Region in the fall of 2021 to perform as part of the Dance in Albany series. Following that performance, the company will make a visit to Hubbard Hall in Cambridge to perform Tablao Flamenco. DanceForce funds will be utilized to support the fee for this performance in rural Washington County. Originally, this project was planned for the fall of 2020 but had to be rescheduled due to the global pandemic.
Named for the wooden floor used by a bailaor/a (dancer), tablaos are intimate venues where flamenco is performed. 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. With a cast of six performers, this show is ideal for Hubbard Hall’s 120-seat 1878 opera house.
Back in the 2016-17 season, both Hubbard Hall and the UAlbany Performing Arts Center were part of a consortium of ten organizations that brought Twyla Tharp and her company to eight NYS counties. This is the first time that the two venues have paired up for a project together.
In light of the current global health crisis, small venues like Hubbard Hall are especially vulnerable. The DanceForce support and partnership with the UAlbany Performing Arts Center are critical components in making Flamenco Vivo’s visit to Hubbard Hall possible. Being able to present this renowned company in the 21-22 season will hopefully re-energize the Hall after the difficulties of the pandemic and be a wonderful artistic and cultural opportunity for the people of this rural community.