Fin de Fiesta Flamenco: Liándola

Fin de Fiesta Flamenco: Liándola

Date:Aug 31, 2017 Phone:519-578-1570 Price:$25 - $28 Time:7:30 pm Location:122 Frederick St, Kitchener, ON

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Fin de Fiesta Flamenco: Liándola


A provocative journey into Flamenco’s beating heart.

Flamenco is the living music and dance of Southern Spain, and members of Fin de Fiesta Flamenco know that when it comes to capturing the passion and intensity of this uniquely vibrant art form, there is only one place to be: Sevilla.

On the cobbled streets of the cradle of flamenco, a jubilant, heart-wrenching musical art form comes to life. Artistic director and dancer Lia Grainger was happy to trade a stable job as a journalist and comfortable apartment in Toronto for two years in a rooftop garret in Seville’s old town and the freedom to spent long, hot days in the studio and longer, hotter nights on the city’s storied streets. Guitarist Dennis Duffin gave up a career in Astrophysics to journey to Seville, where’s he’s spent the last two years working with the city’s masters and jamming with the descendants of flamenco’s great founders on dimly lit corners into the early morning hours.

It was in these informal, improvised midnight sessions that the theme of this season’s show emerged: Liándola. It is the company’s fifth production since its founding in 2012, and a celebration of the uncontainable joy and mischievousness that is at the heart of flamenco. Fin de Fiesta will tour Liándola in France in July and then across Canada this summer and fall.

The production takes its name from a popular Andalucian figure of speech used to describe boisterously unrestrained behaviour, a playful fearlessness that cannot be contained. Simply put, Liándola means taking an ordinary experience and making it extraordinary. In Liándola, the searing vocals of Alejandro Mendia (Noces Gitanes, France) are accompanied by the intricate guitar arpeggios of music director Dennis Duffin (Ventanas, Canada) and the haunting flute melodies of Lara Wong (Canada). David Sampaulo (Italy) holds down the rhythm on cahon. Dancer and artistic director Lia Grainger (Canada), brings the stage to life with fierce, sensual choreography and improvisation. Acclaimed Vancouver-born dancer Deborah “La Caramelita” Dawson — now based in France — will join the group for select performances.

“Whether performing a joyful Alegrias or a tormented Caña, Liándola means hitting the stage at full throttle and giving the performance every ounce of heart and energy you’ve got,” says Grainger. “It also means having the time of your life while you’re doing it.”

Grainger and Fin de Fiesta Flamenco certainly know a thing or two about giving it everything they’ve got — the ensemble has been busy this year. Their debut self-titled album was released in November of 2016 and accentuates the group’s unique composition and fusion of jazz elements with traditional flamenco.

The six-track album features a range of exhilarating compositions and arrangements inspired by the great artists of flamenco’s past and infused with the contemporary sounds of flamenco’s future. It is an album, drenched in pulsing rhythms and energetic melodies, that journeys through flamenco’s traditional musical and cultural roots of southern Spain, all the way to its current, modern-day forms.

The album’s title track “Homanaje” pays homage to the work of Jorge Pardo (Flamenco flute pioneer) and Paco de Lucia (Flamenco guitar master). Foot-stomping rumbas (think Gipsy Kings), bring crowds to their feet while rhythmically complex and melodically subtle traditional flamenco palos (styles) dazzle and enchant


Thursday August 31, 7:30 pm

Tickets: $25 in advance, $28 at the door

Call 519-578-1570 or Buy Tickets Online

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