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La Palabra en el Tiempo: Flamenco & Poetry

Date: Wednesday Sep 26, 2018

Community: Victoria

(Category: Performing Arts, Literary Arts, Arts Community, Events/Festivals, Festival, Storytelling, Creative Writing, Author/Writer, Dance, Musical/Musical Theatre, Drama, Poetry)

Palabra Flamenco presents La Palabra en el Tiempo, a 75-minute depth-charge of frenzied dance and guitar, troubled song, and English-language poetry: raw, proud, poised. Flamenco is an Andalusian art form associated with incessant emotion and restraint, percussive rhythms, and improvisation. Whether they speak, strum, sing, or knock it out on the floor with a shoe, the artists summon a grief and praise that soak their way to dark corners. How to confront what's buried? Hold death near, affirming life? Invite duende? This myth-inflected encounter honours what we’ve lost, what we’re going to lose. “Sexy, uncomfortable… incredible” (Audience member, PeekFest)

“La Palabra en el Tiempo” is a phrase of Spanish poet Antonio Machado's. The phrase has been translated: “the word in time,” “human language in which we feel time passing,” or “words that pick up the energy of time,” or “words that take their place, like drumbeats, in time already counted.”

These performances are courtesy of the 2018 Victoria Festival of Authors! Poet and musician Jan Zwicky will moderate an on-stage conversation with these artists after their performance.


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Dancer Denise Yeo is artist director of Palabra Flamenco, an ensemble that combines traditional flamenco music and dance with English-language poetry. A flamenco dancer and palmera out of the Alma de España Flamenco Dance Company and School, Denise has performed as a dance corp member in two major productions, Recuerdos and Pasajes, and as a soloist in tablaos across Vancouver Island, Vancouver, and Toronto. She has trained with international artists such as Concha Jareño, Domingo Ortega, Maria Bermúdez, Inmaculada Ortega, Carmen Herrera, Emilio Ochando, and Luis de la Tota.

Poet Garth Martens has published Prologue for the Age of Consequence (House of Anansi Press) and the chapbook Remediation (JackPine Press), with a second full collection forthcoming. For his poetry, Garth is winner of the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and a Finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. A nine-year student of flamenco, he is a member of Palabra Flamenco, an ensemble that combines traditional flamenco music and dance with English-language poetry.

Gareth Owen Flamenco Guitarist has collaborated with internationally acclaimed flamenco artists from Spain and North America, including guitarists Jesus Álvarez and Gaspar Rodriguez Roman, singers Coral de los Reyes and Miguel Rosendo, and dancers Domingo Ortega and María Bermudez. Gareth has recorded two albums, Gareth Owen Flamenco Guitar and El Cobre, with a third forthcoming. He has performed solo concerts in Calgary, Victoria and Haida Gwaii, and tablaos in cities across Canada and at the Tablao El Laga in Jerez de la Frontera.

Singer Veronica Maguire is co-founder of Alma de España Flamenco Dance Company and School. In a career spanning 45 years, she has inspired many students and produced and directed world-class productions such as Recuerdos and Pasajes. She has shared the stage with international artists, including María Bermúdez, Domingo Ortega, Coral de los Reyes, Luis de la Tota, and Inmaculada Ortega. For her contribution to dance in Canada, Maguire is the winner the Canada Council of the Arts' prestigious Jacqueline Lemieux Award.

Poet Jan Zwicky has published over a dozen books. For her poetry, she won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry and the Dorothy Livesay Prize, and was a Finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize.

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