Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana

A flamenco performance is comprised of three components: the cante [song]; the baile [dance]; and the toque [guitar playing]. From its beginnings in the 18th century, flamenco drew upon the cultures of the Arab, Jewish, Andalucian, and Gypsy populations then inhabiting southern Spain. Between 1850 and 1920, cabarets called cafés cantantes began to appear, serving as popular gathering places for mixed audiences; in these informal venues, working-class farmers and herdsmen intermingled with wealthier patrons to enjoy the developing Spanish dance. As the audiences for these early flamenco performances expanded, the performers refined the form for mainstream audiences. Over time, word of these flamenco performances--in which elaborately dressed dancers and musicians combined improvisation with carefully coordinated steps--began to attract international attention.

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana started life in 1983 in New York City, under the direction of dancers Carlota Santana and Roberto Lorca. The duo's intentions for the fledgling organization, then called the Spanish Dance Arts Company, were to facilitate cross-cultural communication and understanding through flamenco, goals which they soon began to fulfill on the strength of acclaimed performances at premier dance venues such as the Joyce Theatre. In 1994, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana was awarded a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a full-year residency at PS 42 in the Bronx; this national recognition and significant funding help solidify Project Olé, the company's Arts Education component, which works to bring arts of the Spanish-speaking world to students through engagement and interaction with members of Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana.

In 1996, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana was invited to North Carolina to facilitate communication between long-standing communities and the newly arrived Latino populations in the area. As the demand for quality Spanish dance programs grew, the company made Durham its second home base.

Founder Carlota Santana is currently a faculty member at Duke University, where she teaches "The Art and Cultural History of Flamenco." Under her direction, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana has appeared at Lincoln Center; Summerdance Santa Barbara; the Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh; the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota, Florida; the Palacio de Congresos in Granada, Spain; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the Museum of Modern Art. The organization also maintains a rigorous statewide performance schedule and continues to partner with a variety of schools and community centers, where they present Project Olé, as well as a host of theatre productions, classes, and workshops.





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Baylin Artists Management
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Carlota Santana
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Flamenco Dance
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Master Classes
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