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Preview: Voces – Singapore Flamenco Festival 2019

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This November, it’s time to put a little Spanish into your step as the Singapore Flamenco Festival returns for its 6th edition, with 10 days of power packed performances, inspiring workshops and engaging open forums by artists by local and international.

This year’s edition, themed Voces (voices), aims to provide a powerful voice for pressing social issues, exemplified by anchor performance The House, an original flamenco production that explores suppression – of women, of freedom and of individual needs versus societal expectations. Inspired by Frederico Garcia Lorca’s play The House of Bernarda Alba, The House tells of the matriarch Bernarda Alba and her grip over her five daughters, unravelling the drama behind inherited wealth and tragedy. The House will be co-directed by flamenco maestro  Antonio Vargas and Claire Wong of Checkpoint Theatre, drawing out the individual characters entangled in a complex web of family intrigue to create a poignant and powerful story of love and betrayal.

The Festival also aims to be a platform to bridge cultural gaps, and unites local ensemble Open Score Project, Indian artistes Nawaz Mirajkar and Ponnamma Devaiah, Alberto Marin and Co and the local flamenco community, together with invited established flamenco artists from Spain, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan in FLAMENCASIAN, showcasing a new collective voice and expression with this multicultural, multi-genre collaborative effort.

Plus, participants can also join in various workshops to further their interest and knowledge of flamenco, including an Escuela Bolera workshop, a Dance Estilizada workshop and a Fiesta Buleria workshop, along with forums conducted by the artists. Come discover and uncover the beauty of flamenco, and its ability to convey and communicate emotion through the synergy of guitar, voice and dance as the Singapore Flamenco Festival returns this November.

The Singapore Flamenco Festival runs from 29th November to 8th December 2019. Tickets and full programme available on their website here

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