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September 20, 2010 / HJD

Rafaela Carrasco presents three faces of flamenco

Flamenco aficionados, mark your calendars! Rafaela Carrasco and her intimate company of dancers, vocalists and musicians will open the stage with Tres Movimientos for back-to-back nights in the 2010 Fall for Dance Festival, at the New York City Center.

In an e-mail, the Madrid-based Carrasco said that Tres Movimientos aims to show three different sides of flamenco. Festival audience will get a taste of Vamos a Tiroteo, featuring company dancers Jose Maldonado and David Coria

Resonant with flamenco’s past, one excerpt is based on the popular folk song by 20th century Spanish poet Federico García Lorca called Los cuatro muleros (the Four Mule Riders.) Vamos a Tiroteo won Carrasco the prestige of the Giradillo Award and the Press Award for Best Choreography in the last Flamenco Biennial of Seville in 2008.

In a percussive solo, her expressive footwork and nuanced movement will be at the center of minimalist performance—all aspects signature to Carrasco’s style. The Madrid percussionist Nacho Arimany will accompany Carrasco in a call-and-answer interplay of rhythms.

Part of a batch of young and experimental Spanish flamenco artists, Carrasco takes tradition and molds it to her personal vision with fluid, intuitive movement. In addition to classical and flamenco training, she also studied contemporary dance. But, she insists that her work doesn’t fit into the labels like contemporary flamenco.

“The work is always very musical whether with instruments or the body,” wrote Carrasco.  “It doesn’t conform to established stereotypes.”

The Fall for Dance Festival sells $10 seats for a sampling of some of the world’s most celebrated dance companies. On September 12 tickets will go on sale. The festival runs for 10 nights.

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