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Sunday Concert Series: Café de Chinitas – An Evening of Spanish Flamenco Music, Dance & Poetry

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Sunday Concert Series: Café de Chinitas – An Evening of Spanish Flamenco Music, Dance & Poetry
Sunday 20 August, 6pm
Tickets: $37.50 / $33 (concession)

We are delighted to present Café de Chinitas — an evening of live Flamenco guitar, violin, dance, song and poetry.

Entertaining, light, passionate & profound.

Let yourself be taken back to the famous 19th century Flamenco Cafe of Chinitas in Spain. It was here that famous bullfighters, gypsies, flamencos and aficionados met. The show, based on a poem by the renowned Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca and directed by Maria Elena from Flamenco NZ (founded 1993), includes live Flamenco Guitar, Song and Dance by Maria Elena, Alexandra Laubli (Violin), Guy Steward (Flamenco Guitar), Marii Granados ( Flamenco dancer from Cordoba, Spain), Teri Kay (Flamenco Dance, Narration & Poetry), Nik Smythe (Flamenco Dance & Cajon) and Argentine Tango dancers John Flower and Natallia Ramanchuk.  


Federico García Lorca (1898-1936), one of Spain's greatest poets and playwrights, had a strong connection to Flamenco and dedicated a whole bundle of poems to the genre. “The relationship between Lorca and the original Café de Chinitas is deeply-rooted, as the poet was a regular client who immortalized their connection in the popular composition Café de Chinitas, written in 1931.”

Lorca achieved international recognition as an emblematic member of the Generation of ‘27, a group consisting of mostly poets who introduced the tenets of European movements (such as symbolism, futurism, and surrealism) into Spanish literature. He is believed to have been killed by Nationalist forces at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. His works are immortal. (His remains have never been found)


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