La Lupi to Headline Toronto Flamenco Festival, 10/13-20
THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FLAMENCO FESTIVAL returns October 13 - 20, 2013 with free Flamenco classes; singing, guitar and choreography workshops; film screenings and the Toronto debut of Flamenco superstar La Lupi.
Showcasing and celebrating the very best of Flamenco, THE 7TH ANNUAL TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FLAMENCO FESTIVAL brings internationally acclaimed artists together with Canadian artists for a week of workshops, classes, artist talks, and electrifying live performances.
Málagan dancer La Lupi headlines the Festival performing October 19 and 20 at the Ryerson Theatre in an intimate soul bearing solo show that features La Lupi and her musicians in Yo, Conmigo Misma, (I, Myself).
Susana Lupiáñez Pinto "La Lupi" has been a flamenco performer to watch for decades. She graduated with distinction from the Superior Conservatory of Málaga; was discovered by Juan Maya Marote who brought her to Madrid to work in his contemporary dance and flamenco company alongside Ángeles Arranz; and is a much sought-after teacher of flamenco around the world. Performing alongside La Lupi will beguitarist Curro de Maria, Nelson Doblas on violin, David Galiano on percussion and singers El Londro and Miguel Ortega.
Opening for La Lupi are Toronto-based Japanese dancer Rie Ishizuka performing with her Flamenco group Renka, and the Triana Project, a group of culturally-diverse professional musicians, singers, and dancers who share a common passion for flamenco. The Triana Project is Silvia Temis (singer); Fernando Gallego Torres (singer); Alison Macdonald (dancer); Iryna Gordon (dancer); Benjamin Barrile (guitar); and Michael Kavanagh (guitar).
The Festival also includes: two free "Absolute Beginner" Flamenco classes; workshops in Singing, Dance Choreography, Dance Technique, and Guitar Technique & Accompaniment; and a free performance and artist talk with the Triana Project will take place on Friday, October 18, 7:30PM as part of the Soundstreams Salon 21 series at the Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen's Park. Registration in advance is required as seating is very limited. Visit www.soundstreams.ca for details.
The film series returns with screenings of "The Fabulous Sabicas," exploring the career path and personal life of guitarist Agustín Castellón, better known as Sabicas; and "The Compilation of the Casa Patas performance by Jorge Biancotti" filmed live at Casa Patas, in Madrid Spain.
THE 7TH ANNUAL TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FLAMENCO FESTIVAL, uniting the Flamenco community around the world in order to educate and advance a public understanding and appreciation of the intense art form of Flamenco.
Photo by Juan Conca