Pentangle Arts Council is going global in November with a
sizzling dance performance that has its roots in Spain: "Flamenco
Dance Project: ¡Flamenqueando!"
This world-renowned Flamenco group, led by artistic director
Sabrina Avilés, will light up the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre on
Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Avilés and her talented troupe will
take the stage with critically-acclaimed guitarist Juanito Pascual,
top U.S-based Flamenco singer David Castellano, Seville-native
Alfonso Cid, and world-renowned dancer Jose Moreno. Percussionist
Sergio Martinez, formerly of the National Orchestra of Spain, will
drive the fiery Flamenco rhythm with his extraordinary work on the
Photo courtesy of Pentangle Arts
The Flamenco Dance Project, in Woodstock on Friday, Nov. 9, has
also performed at Bennington College. Dan Roberts, assistant
director of student life there, called Flamenco Dance Project "a
one-of-a-kind experience" for his students: "The artistry of the
performance was something to behold, and the high caliber of the
performance was a topic of conversation on our campus long after
the show was over."
While these performers come from various backgrounds, their goal
is the same: to preserve the historic tradition of Flamenco and
promote intercultural understanding through their work. To this
end, Flamenco Dance Project has traveled to various venues, leaving
an indelible impression on the audiences the world over.
The captivating spectacle of Flamenco - a blend of stirring
vocals, driving rhythms, and passionate dance - has long been a
part of Spanish tradition and the entertainment world. The term
"Flamenco" was first seen in literature in the late 18th century.
This music morphed as it took on the various influences in its
midst, including music from Moorish culture. Over the centuries,
this uniquely beautiful performance has gained fans all over the
globe. (Believe it or not, there are now more Flamenco schools in
Japan than in Spain!) More recently, Flamenco has also been
inspiring a new following among the younger generation.
Flamenco Dance Project has worked to further expand the reach of
this amazing art form by going into a number of schools and
community centers throughout the U.S. This will continue on Nov. 8,
when the troupe will give our next Arts in Education performance at
Woodstock Town Hall Theatre at 10:30 a.m., followed by a special
visit to Woodstock Union High School later that afternoon. They
will also give a lively demonstration at the Thompson Senior Center
the next day.
Flamenco Dance Project's visit to Woodstock will culminate with
their fiery Main Stage performance at the Woodstock Town Hall
Theatre on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Friday
evening show are $23 in advance ($20 for members), and $25 on the
day of the show. A special $12 price for students is available by
phone or by visiting the office.
For more information, tickets, and a special video preview,
visit www.pentanglearts.org. Further details are available at