Flamenco dancers and Entreflamenco dance company co-directors Antonio Granjero and Estefania Ramirez present a new, full-length production during their company’s 2017 summer season. Performances focus on interpretive solos, duets and trios.
“I feel a great artistic responsibility to maintain Santa Fe’s rich flamenco tradition but also challenged to revive a standard of authenticity that has somewhat diminished in recent years,” says Granjero, who was born in Andalusia, Spain and worked with Maria Benitez’s Santa Fe company Teatro Flamenco as a soloist and choreographer for close to 20 years. “I want our audience to experience the genuine art from my motherland as I know it.”
Entreflamenco, which kicks off the season on June 29, has set up a performance space on West Palace Avenue called El Flamenco de Santa Fe Performance Venue. It offers a cabaret-style environment well-suited to the company’s goal of creating an intimate performance setting.
“In the celebrated tablaos of Spain, you not only hear the footwork but you can hear the dancer breathing in time to the music and communicating verbally with his accompanists,” says Granjero. “With El Flamenco, we have successfully recreated this important experience.”
Entreflamenco is delighted to present prize-winning dancer Lakshmi Basile, a.k.a. “La Chimi,” as a special guest. “To find an artist with such natural passion is difficult, and it will be wonderful to have her here,” Granjero adds.
Musical accompaniment is led by gypsy guitarist Jose Valle Fajardo, known to flamenco aficionados as “Chuscales,” and also includes singer-percussionist Francisco “Yiyi” Orozco and bassist Marco Topo.