Sat, Nov 03, 2018 03:00PM
Price: $20, $18 Friends, $15 students and seniors Duende Festival Packages: Save 15% if you purchase tickets to three or four performances Save 20% if you purchase tickets to all five performances 50% parking discount available if you purchase tickets to three or more performances
Vengo, a film by director Tony Gatlif, tells the story of a blood feud among Spanish Romany people and centres on Caco, a proud man who must fight for his family’s honour and safety. An ode to the artistry and magic of flamenco dancing and music, Vengo is set against the compelling backdrop of two Andalusian Romany families locked in an age-old struggle for power.
Featuring performances by the famed Spanish flamenco singer Maria “La Caita” del Carmen Salazar among others, the film closed the 57th Venice International Film Festival.
Toronto’s own Carmen Romero, a towering force in North America’s flamenco dance scene who thrives in the emotional melting pot of this art form, will perform to set the scene for the onscreen action.
Flamenco is an art form built on three Abrahamic faiths and the musical expressions of three continents – at first glance, these traditions and contexts seems disparate and irreconcilable. But flamenco is the ultimate example of what happens when artists look beyond limitations imposed by the outside world. The dance form continues to evolve and is shaped by scenes across the planet, as you will experience at film screening and performances during our fourth annual Duende: Flamenco Festival. The artists demonstrate what awaits on the other side of fear.
Carmen Romero is the artistic director and principal dancer of the Compañía Carmen Romero, based in Toronto. Romero teaches and directs at The School of Flamenco Dance Arts as well as international workshops, lectures and demonstrations. She has also served as an adjudicator for the Canada Arts Council. Romero has received many awards, including the Chalmers Award and the K.M. Hunter Emerging Artist Award given to artists who in the development stage of their careers have already made an impact on dance in Canada.