Sunday May 1
Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton St.
Tickets $30-$50 plus service charges. Children 12 and under $20.
Encuentros is a percussive dance spectacular celebrating passionate encounters by internationally renowned dancers in Flamenco, Irish, Tap, and Egyptian Bellydance! Produced by www.kasandraflamenco.com
In a stunning display of romance, seduction, love and jealousy, Artistic Director Kasandra “La China” and International guest artists, Ricardo Lopez (Flamenco dancer, Madrid), Joel Hanna (Irish Tap Dancer, Vancouver/New York), and Egyptian Bellydancer Ashley Kirkham, throw down the gauntlet and meet on the dance floor! With powerhouse Flamenco singer, Vicente Griego, and live musicians playing Flamenco guitar and Cajon, Oud and Darbuka, the dance is showcased with profound musicality. The beauty of lyrical dance and the power of percussion result in a dazzling presentation, full of drama, intensity and bravado. Encuentros is at once a feast for the eyes, the ears and the soul!
Encuentros is a rich exploration of human interaction and expression. As dancers encounter each other, each reveals a personal journey of joy and sorrow, jealousy and rage, loneliness and, hope. Witness rich, seductive dance duets featuring Ricardo Lopez, soloist with Nuevo Ballet Español, and Joel Hanna from New York’s Broadway – a rare treat in Vancouver! Other highlights include the alluring dance imagery of the Spanish bata de cola (long train dress); soulful evocative belly dance, and rapid-fire footwork of epic proportions in a jealous love triangle.
Kasandra “La China”is one of Canada’s leading flamenco artists renowned for her unrelenting drive to push the artistic envelope. Kasandra is always hungry for new sources of inspiration and knowledge, constantly pushing her musical and choreographic mastery to its limits. “Vancouver’s flamenco star who has embodied flamenco with her dynamic, precise style” Flamenco-World magazine
ARTIST WEBSITE: www.kasandraflamenco.com