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Friday, April 9, 2021 - 7:30pm
This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Guidelines for safe seating will be followed.
A'lante Flamenco Ensemble was to perform a year ago at the Fowler Center's Riceland Hall, but was cancelled due to the pandemic. Now we are able to provide this event free of charge and open to the public with limited safe seating.
Based out of Austin, Texas, this company excites audiences with a blend of traditional and contemporary flamenco music and dance.
A'lante Flamenco was formed in 2011 by Artistic Director / Choreographer Olivia Chacon and Music Director Isai Chacon with the objective of presenting flalmenco to Texas and regional audiences in the freshest and most creative way possible. Since then, A'lante Flamenco has grown in both size and vision, now incorporating 11 permanent members - 7 dancers and 4 musicians - and producing popular traditional flalmenco shows as well as innovative flamenco theatre works incorporating multimedia and addressing relevant social issues. A'lante Flamenco's work aims to reach audiences on a visceral level, provoking emotional responses through music and dance that crosses cultural and linguistic boundaries.
The show to be performed here in Jonesboro is called "Flamencura" (basically meaning"flamenco-ness or the art of being flamenco). This is the company's most traditionalflamenco show, adapted for Riceland Hall. It will feature four of the A'lante dancers and four musicians (1 guitar, 1 percussionist, 1 singer and 1 guitarist / singer).
A'lante Flamenco's productions have received acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Awards include the Austin Critic's Table awards for Best Dancer 2012/2013 (Olivia Chacon in The Red Shoes), Best Dance Ensemble 2013/2014 (for Prophecies) and Best Dance Ensemble 2014/2015 (for Desplazados). The Red Shoes: A Flamenco Fairytale was also chosen as one of the "Best Dance Shows of 2012" by the San Antonio Express-News. A'lante's newest production, Juana: First I Dream was nominated by the Austin Critics' Table for "Best Dance Concert" for the 2017/2018 season.