BAY AREA FLAMENCO

Founded in 2005, the BAY AREA FLAMENCO FESTIVAL presents world-class artists from Spain in live performances, workshops and other gatherings that provide the opportunity for cultural exchange and create a context for sharing cultural traditions and experiencing flamenco in a genuinely interactive and spontaneous environment. “In recent years, the San Francisco Bay Area has become a major U.S. conduit for Spain’s greatest flamenco artists. […] There’s really a vibrant scene here and Nina Menéndez has become a major force [as] the producer of the Bay Area Flamenco Festival.”  -NPR The California Report

The Bay Area Flamenco Festival presents the annual FESTIVAL FLAMENCO GITANO, dedicated to presenting grassroots flamenco from the Gypsy communities of Spain. The UNESCO has recognized flamenco as a World Heritage Treasure, acknowledging the Spanish Gypsies’ essential role in flamenco’s evolution. Celebrating Spanish Gypsy music and dance as a living culture and a legacy of world stature, the Festival has presented some of the most important figures in the history of flamenco as well as prodigies from today’s generation of artists.  In 2012 Festival Flamenco Gitano received a Special Honor from the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards for performances featuring a multigenerational group of tradition-bearers, heirs to a rich legacy of music and dance passed down through the families.

Artistic Director Nina Menendez explains: “These artists are bringing the Gitano essence of flamenco into the 21st century. They have an ease for improvisation that comes from living the art as part of everyday life and are able to express a full range of genuine emotion with unique personal style. No choreography is required, only an intimate connection among the dancers and musicians who interact freely on the basis of a shared legacy and an insatiable hunger to find the spark of duende that transforms the mundane into the sublime.”

 

 



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