good she's scary" (The Pulse),
FUEGO Flamenco director and accomplished choreographer/dancer Colette Illarde
brings to the stage an alluring program blending traditional and contemporary
flamenco. With guest artists from Spain
and New Mexico
alongside local luminaries, Flamenco, Heart and Soul features dramatic
movement, percussive precision and passionate live music. Performing with her company-noted for its exciting
sound and outstanding choreography-Illarde debuts FUEGO Flamenco at Southern May 7-10, 2009.
Flamenco, Heart and Soul showcases new choreography by
Illarde, traditional flamenco standards, and Illarde's encore performance of Volar, commissioned from Manuel Reyes
especially for her McKnight Fellowship Solo
spotlight. "The program is a cathartic
exploration that guides the audience toward the mystical experience called duende,
or connection to the spirit," explains Illarde. "Duende is
palpable to everyone present. It is the goal of every flamenco event, and
it is flamenco's heart and soul."
Flamenco's goal is to make flamenco accessible and genuine to the
community. In traditional Spanish style,
there will be a juerga (flamenco hootenanny) after the concert on May 9.
Join the company for an up-close and personal experience: ask questions, clap
and sing along, enjoy wine and Spanish tapas, and take a mini dance class. Meet the artists and other aficionados
(flamenco fans) and become part of the spirit.
FUEGO showcases flamenco's fire, flair...Star Tribune
Flamenco ensemble exacting, original...St Paul Pioneer Press
Colette Illarde is a regal stomping dynamo...City Pages
Flamenco, Heart and Soul
FUEGO Flamenco presents "Simply...Flamenco"
FUEGO Flamenco presents "Corazon Flamenco" at the Fringe Festival 2001
FUEGO Flamenco presents works at the Fringe Festival 2000
Free FLAMENCO events
Colette Illarde performs with Minneapolis Guitar Quartet