For the fourth straight season, Julia Chacón’s Flamenco Theatre delivers Flamenco Intimo at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Stage 2 Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale.
Nine exclusive shows throughout October will feature the “authentic and passionate dance” and music of southern Spain with internationally acclaimed musicians, according to a press release.
“Julia Chacón and her cast put on a main event show that is one of our yearly attractions,” said Abbey Messmer, the center’s programming director, in the release.
“We’re thrilled to host these performances and to introduce an accompanying one-of-a-kind museum exhibit that explores Arizona’s deep roots and contributions to the art of flamenco.”
Chacón has toured for more than a decade as a soloist and with international flamenco companies, performing across the U.S., Spain, Mexico, and Colombia, the release said.
Chacón’s 2019 series boasted eight sold-out shows and brought audiences from throughout the southwest, the release said.
The Scottsdale Center for the Arts offered limited seating and live-streamed performances of Flamenco Intimo in 2020, noted the release.
Chacón’s accompanying exhibit, “Spanish Legacies: 75 Years of Spanish Dance,” pays tribute to Valley artists Lydia Torea, Chacón’s mentor and inspiration, Adelino Fernandez (1901-1978), Laura Moya (1914-2005) and Dini Román.
The display showcases historical media coverage, photographs and accoutrements of Spanish dance, including elaborate and vibrant costumes, fans, shawls and shoes, detailed the release.
“Flamenco has something for everyone – virtuosic guitar, soulful vocals, and powerful dance that ignites every passion,” said Chacón in the release.
“I’m thrilled to work with the Scottsdale Center for the Arts to keep this tradition alive and to honor the American pioneers of flamenco who inspired me and even modern dance icons like Martha Graham, Ruth St. Denis, and Ted Shawn.”
The 7:30 p.m. shows feature musical director and guitarist Misael Barraza Diaz, who is noted among the "greatest Mexican guitarists of his generation"; singer Olivia Rojas, a nationally performing flamenco vocalist and director of Flamenco por la Vida;
Dancer Martín Gaxiola, former director and founder of Caló Flamenco; flautist Diana Schiable of Tucson, and dancer Francisca Ivon Nava, protégée of Laura Moya (Oct. 29-30 only).
An abbreviated children’s matinee with limited audience participation is at 1 p.m. on Oct. 17. Dancers will perform works inspired by Torea, Román and Moya and Diaz will create original music inspired by guitarists of the 1940s-1960s and post-show artist discussions will occur with the artists joined by Torea and Román scheduled on Oct. 29-30
Information: ScottsdalePerformingArts.org; or call 480-499-8587.