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- Where: Princess Twin Cinemas, 46 King St N, Waterloo.
- When: July 20th, 6-8 pm.
- Doors open 5:30pm.
- Admission: $15
- Tickets available online or at the door.
A Curated Collection, featuring Q&A with the Fest Ensemble and a live accompaniment by Ben Barrile, composer and guitarist.
Curated to showcase various flamenco choreographies and compositions, ranging from the traditional to the flamenco “inspired.” Screened works will be primarily by Canadian artists.
Includes a short film featuring the principal guest dancer for this year’s Fest Fest, as well as a video created by our resident artists for our 2020 “Covid” Flamenco Fest.
Please note, that on account of the rising case numbers of Covid-19, the Fest Team will be wearing masks and are asking patrons to please consider doing the same.
- Where: Princess Street Patio, Waterloo
- Between Loloan and Jane Bond
- When: July 25th, 6-8pm
- Admission: Free
Juneyt Yetkiner will perform with violinist Günhan at an evening outdoor performance. Meet the Flamenco Fest ensemble who will be in attendance and participating with some palmas and jaleo (percussive, flamenco-style clapping and rhythmic clapping).
- Where: Kitchener Public Library, 85 Queen St. N. Kitchener
- When: July 27th, 6:30pm-8pm
- Admission: Free
- Please pre-register
Our guest singer and flautist will guide attendees through an exploration of the many musical influences on this art-form. These include both the well-documented cultural influences in flamenco’s history, as well as influences from Africa and Latin America.
- Where: Kitchener Market parking lot, off of Eby St.
- Outdoors, but roofed. Sheltered from the elements.
- When: July 30th, 7:30pm-9:30pm.
- Doors open at 7pm.
- Doors open for paella diners and sponsors at 6:30pm
- Admission: $25. Children under 12: $15.
- Paella: $15. Must pre-purchase by July 27th.
- Tapas and drinks for purchase on the night.
Online ticket sales end at 12:30pm. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door.
Flamenco in the Market with a little flamenco market.
Come try the delicious Spanish food by La Lola Catering, local craft beer by Descendants, and a traditional flamenco concert.
The show will feature 3 international guests: dancer and choreographer, Irene Álvarez; guitarist and composer, Alexander Gavilán; and flautist-singer and composer Alfonso Cid. These guest artists will perform alongside resident arists, Claudia Aguirre and Julian Berg, a.k.a., “Calú” & “Jules.”
We will host a small “flamenco market” with flamenco accessories, fans, shawls, castanets, souvenirs and other items for sale. Just like a feria in southern Spain!
- Pre-order delicious paella, or buy tapas on the day of. Date night of the year!
- Where: Neruda Arts, 8 Spring St, St. Jacobs
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Flamenco Dance Sampler
Led by resident flamenco dance instructor, Claudia Aguirre, this workshop will provide those brand-new to flamenco with a general idea of what flamenco dance entails. In this class, you will get an intro to some of the basic footwork strokes, arms and hands movements, rhythms, and the different subgenres of flamenco. The class will conclude with a short and easy-to-follow routine set to singing and live guitar. All ages and dance levels are welcome!
- Fee: Pay what you can.
- If you can, please consider paying what you would pay for a regular drop-in dance class at any given dance studio. If at this time, you can only afford a nominal fee, please know you are welcome!
This class is open to instrumentalists of all kinds. The aim of this workshop is to introduce musicians who are new to flamenco to the musical elements of flamenco playing and singing: the melodic modes/scales, rhythms, and musical aesthetic. This class is equally open to musicians who have formal musical training, and those who have learned their instruments via more grassroots, self-taught methods. The two main instructors, Alexander Gavilán and Alfonso Cid, will aim to speak across various ways of studying music, referring to musical transcriptions and analyzing melodies and harmonies for those who prefer to read music and have formal ear-training, as well as teaching via listening and repetition. Fundamentals are nevertheless required to get the most out this clinic, e.g., baseline knowledge of different scales and modes, chord-building, how to count in different rhythmic meters, and hands-on experience as a musician.
- Fee: $25 per session.
Please let us know what instrument you play or if you sing, and notify us in advance of your instrument needs (i.e., amplification).
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Experienced flamenco dance
This class will aim to meet the needs of dancers at a variety of levels, including those who have been studying flamenco dance for several years, and those who may only have a few months of cumulative experience with flamenco dance classes. The workshop will be led by guest dancer/choreographer, Irene Álvarez, with teaching assistance by Claudia Aguirre if/where needed. Advanced dancers will be expected to follow Irene, and those newer to flamenco will have the option of following Claudia in more simplified versions of certain movements. Nevertheless, all registrants are expected to have appropriate dance shoes and to have acquired the fundamentals of flamenco dance: the footwork strokes, arm movements and positions, a sense of how the dancing complements flamenco singing, and to be able to follow rhythmic counts in 4, 6, and 12. The emphasis of this class will be on technique, pulling from specific rhythms or palos (TBD) for inspiration. This is a 2-day workshop with Day 2 building on the material from Day 1.
- Fee: $50 per session
Cuadro (flamenco ensemble)
This class is for dancers, singers, and guitarists who have several years of experience, are ready to start working with an ensemble, and who have pre-learned material to bring to the class. The workshop will be led by guitarist, Alexander Gavilán; singer-flautist, Alfonso Cid; and dancer, Irene Álvarez, with assistance by Julian Berg and Claudia Aguirre where needed. At the beginning of the workshop on Day 1, different players (guitarists, singers, and dancers) will be asked to show the guests instructors what they can play, sing, or dance so that corrections can be made. In this way, this workshop will function much like a master class. Respective players will then be guided on how the different parts can come together to form ensemble work. Knowledge of one or all of the following palos is required for this class: Tangos flamencos, Bulerías, Fandangos, and Sevillanas.
- Fee: $50 per session
To celebrate the culture out of which flamenco has stemmed, we have partnered with local restaurants who have come on board to create dishes and drinks of the Spanish cuisine. Visit a partner restaurant to try a Spanish-inspired feature and get in the mood for the Grand River Flamenco Fest events.
Participating restaurants in Kitchener and Waterloo will create and offer a “Flamenco Taste” on their menu from July 24 – 30th so you can experience the cultural links between food and flamenco. Look for the “Taste of Flamenco” poster in our partner restaurants.
Book a reservation with any of our partners, then ask them about their Flamenco Feature. (hours vary depending on the partner)