Mozaico Flamenco Dance Theatre proudly presents a new flamenco performance spectacular, Cafe de Chinitas, on May 3-4 at the Norman Rothstein Theatre in Vancouver. Mozaico Flamenco forms a six-dancer troupe with two of Madrid's cutting edge flamenco dancers from the most contemporary companies today, Ricardo Lopez and Emilio Ochando.
Inspired by the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca, Cafe de Chinitas spins the tale of a jealous rivalry between two matador brothers. "Paquiro" played by Lopez (Compania Rafaela Carrasco) is the arrogant instigator while "Frasquelo", played by Ochando (Nuevo Ballet Espanol) is his younger sensitive brother. From the introduction to the finale, Cafe de Chinitas explores the power and variety of human emotions surrounding love: jealousy, sorrow, confusion, pain, anger and joy.
Vancouver Kasandra "La China" plays the leading role of "Maria" a woman tormented by making a choice between the two men. "Cafe de Chinitas has been incubating since 2006 and I am thrilled to be working with exceptional international artists who will raise it to a whole new level," says Kasandra.
Gaspar Rodriguez takes the helm as musical director. Three-time competition-winner and the composer for ten international flamenco productions, Rodriguez is recognized as one of Spain's most expressive and innovative artists. Many aficionados will recognize him as the musical director of Nuevo Ballet Epanol.
In Cafe de Chinitas, east meets west as flamenco music is interlaced with the haunting Asian melodies of Vancouver's celebrated Orchid Ensemble. World music lovers will be inspired by an impressive array of instrumentation including two flamenco guitarists, traditional flamenco singers, cello, erhu ('ar-hoo', a Chinese violin), zheng ('jung', a Chinese zither), marimba and percussion. This surprising mix creates a distinct musical flavour expressive of Canada's West Coast.
Artistic director, Oscar Nieto, explains, "Cafe de Chinitas is a unique approach to flamenco as a cross-pollination of cultures, distinctly representing the City of Vancouver. We are privileged to have world class flamenco artists collaborating with us in this exciting Mozaico Flamenco dance production."
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