October 5, 2019, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm | Saturday
Program Fee: $28
Program Fee Member: members $23.80
It is a popular theory that the Gypsies, who have greatly contributed to the creation and culture of flamenco, came from Northern India to Andalucía.
First generation Canadian born to Malaysian parents of South Indian descent, Deborah ''La Caramelita'' has created a show that is the result of years of introspection about how her Indian background influences her life as a flamenco dancer.
Through this show, Deborah performs, accompanied by her musicians, a journey in search of her origins but also a reconstruction of bridges that had disappeared between flamenco and Indian dance and music.
One translation of the Hindi word "nritya" is "storytelling and emotions created by movement". The company is telling Deborah's story through dance, a story of an immigrant family and an artist connecting with an art form that seems totally foreign, but one that she is historically linked with.
From the beginning of the performance and after a few seconds of observation, the viewer will think "but where are the Indian musicians?" This is the challenge that the four musicians wanted to take up (Alejandro Mendía on vocals, Guillermo Guillén on guitar, Alex Carrasco on percussion, and Lara Wong on flute and bansurî). They have researched bridges between flamenco and certain Indian styles, but using their own capacity as artists.
The result isn't an Indian flamenco fusion show but rather a personal story told using both elements.