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EL RETO

Artists: Maria Osende, Megan Matheson Hamilton

On stage:  August 17, 8pm  BUY TICKETS     August 19, 8pm  BUY TICKETS

Choreographer Randy Glynn worked Atlantic Canada’s celebrated flamenco artists Maria Osende and Megan Matheson Hamilton to create El Reto (The Challenge), which has its world premiere at FODAR 2017.

Infused with humour, sensual movement and irrepressible energy, the work showcases the fiery footwork and faultless technique of Ms. Osende and Ms. Matheson.

One of the world’s most richly expressive art forms, flamenco as we know it today is the product of countless generations and many cultures centred in Spain’s Andalucian region that became home to Jews, Romans and Moors. Around the 15th century, tribes of nomadic gypsies also arrived in Andalucía. Many historians agree that flamenco developed against the background of the turmoil in the region that followed this time.

Flamenco dance, evolved as a way of stressing the rhythms of song and music. Vivid costumes, passionate movement and spine tingling music have made flamenco one of the most popular forms of dance in the world. From its early beginnings, flamenco spoke to the human condition and like all living art forms, it is influenced by its times; moving and evolving.  In 2010, Flamenco was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Click here for  an in depth look at the origins of the artform.

Photo above: Maria Osende

Photo above: Flameno artist Maria Osende