Kasandra Flamenco’s "La Tarara"

May 4 & 5, 2017


Norman Rothstein Theatre

950 West 41st Ave.
Vancouver, BC

Kasandra Flamenco presents “La Tarara”, an adrenalin infused dance spectacular featuring Flamenco dance stars direct from Spain, Ivan Vargas and Emilio Ochando, with Vancouver virtuoso Kasandra “La China”, accompanied by an international musical cast directed by flamenco guitarist/composer Gaspar Rodriguez.

“La Tarara” is a fiery encounter between flamenco dancers of very different backgrounds and a meeting between the raw intensity of Flamenco Dance and the refined elegance of Spanish Dance.

Dancer Ivan Vargas, of Roma bloodline, was born in the caves of Sacromonte and hails from Granada’s flamenco dynasty “Los Maya”. Ferocious and primal, he evokes the essence of Flamenco Puro – the expression of pure unadulterated emotion, in search of the elusive “duende” where magic ignites as the artists fuel the fire!  He collides with six-time award winner and dance phenomenon from the Spanish National Ballet, Emilio Ochando, who is classically trained in Spanish Dance which was originally performed for royalty.  His style rests on the  on the cutting edge of flamenco dance aesthetic in Madrid, a potent mix of highly technical and virtuosic mastery blended with contemporary movement.  

“La Tarara showcases explosive flamenco dance in a tale of brotherhood and rivalry, jealousy and romance. The beauty of Spanish lyrical dance versus the power of the Roma passion results in a dazzling production, full of drama and bravado,” explains Kasandra “La China, “This show could only happen at an international artistic crossroads such as Vancouver, because these artists would never even meet in Spain!”

Kasandra “La China”, Artistic Director
Ivan Vargas Heredia, Bailaor, Flamenco Dancer
Emilio Ochando, Bailarin, Spanish Dancer

Gaspar Rodriguez, Musical Director
Vicente Griego “El Cartucho”, Flamenco Singer
Cyrena “La Sirena”, Cello
Davide Sampaolo, Cajon & Percussion