Philadelphia Flamenco Festival 2014

Pasión y Arte Flamenco

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04/01/13 to 03/31/14
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Knight Arts Challenge

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To celebrate the contributions of Flamenco dance by producing a two-week festival including an educational symposium and performances by groundbreaking Flamenco artists

To celebrate the contributions of Flamenco, the all-female dance company Pasion y Arte seeks to expand its festival in 2014, partnering with Drexel University for a two-week event featuring open workshops, an educational symposium, film screenings and eight performances. Preceded by a one-month residency with innovative Spanish Flamenco artist Rosario Toledo, the festival will showcase her work as well as showcasing Flamenco Nuevo: The Galvan Legacy featuring performances by Pastora Galvan and Flamenco giant Israel Galvan. Through the festival, Pasion y Arte seeks to celebrate contemporary pioneers, explore a unique vision of Flamenco that merges traditional and modern aesthetics and engage new communities in the city’s cultural landscape.

Pasión y Arte is an all-female flamenco dance company that treasures the traditions of classical flamenco while also seeking to expand the art form in new and modern ways. Pasion y Arte and its Artistic Director Elba Hevia y Vaca present new and commissioned works that draw upon mastery and respect for flamenco dance, cante and palos while experimentally incorporating elements of other dance forms, music genres, multimedia and narrative storytelling. In this manner, Pasion y Arte investigates the trajectory of modernization and change in 21st century flamenco, with a special emphasis on the empowerment of women.

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Elba Hevia y Vaca

Artistic/Executive Director and Founder

Born in La Paz, Bolivia, Elba Hevia y Vaca began her study of classical Spanish dance at the age of five. She later studied and danced with master dancer Ana Martinez of the Ana Martinez Flamenco Dance Company in D.C., and danced with Washington’s Raquel Peña Spanish Dance Company, appearing as a soloist at various venues throughout the U.S. In Philadelphia she continued her study of modern dance, jazz, and contact improvisation from various Philadelphia artists. In 2000, Hevia y Vaca founded Pasión y Arte out of a strong and intensely personal conviction that highly-stylized traditional Spanish flamenco dance is a perfect vessel to empower women. These values have been reflected in the five original, critically acclaimed works she has created for PyA, and in the numerous grants and accolades awarded PyA under her direction; most recently the Rocky Awards for outstanding achievement in the greater Philadelphia dance community through Dance/UP.

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