Confessions of a Flamenco enthusiast!

This weblog is where I share my love and enthusiasm for Flamenco with the world. Events, my upcoming gigs, as well as featured items like Flamenco shoes, fans and mantons available at Edie Hats, will all be here. As well as my thoughts, musings, and inspirations! If you are interested in what I have to say on other subjects, check out my MySpace page and my Flickr photos.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Making of a Show: Behind the Scenes with Mozaico Flamenco Dance Theatre

Live performance is a gift. It is a magical, fleeting experience that can never be duplicated or exceeded. Not even by the most advanced digital wizardry or precise cinematography.

If performance is so momentary, so transient, so impossible to recapture, what on earth make people want to work so hard to do it? Why spend all that time and effort for something that will never only ever happen once? And why would people want to go see live shows when they could park themselves in front a screen at home and watch TV?

I grew up in the world of creating shows and I have always been utterly fascinated by how it is so obviously about "making magic happen"; a kind of magic that can only happen when you are there.

I have the privilege of being close friends with many of Vancouver's flamenco artists and in November 2007, I was asked to join the members of Mozaico Flamenco Dance Theatre as they took their show "Feira de la Costa" on the road. We traveled to Sechelt, a community on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast, to share the experience of live flamenco as part of Caravan World Rhythms' new series of dance-related events.

Click here to out more about Al Mozaico Flamenco and the Edie Hats Scholarship program.

And so, combining three of my passions- blogging, flamenco and performance- I jumped ship at Edie Hats for a day and a night to hitch a ride with the group led by my friend Kasandra "La China" to record some of what it takes to put up a flamenco show and creat the magic of live performance.

Go here for pictures and videos and tag along backstage as group of Vancouver artists take a flamenco show on the road.

Any live show is built to support and present the performers who are what we might call the point of contact for the audience.

A show arises out of the confluence of skills, tech, ideas and expectations. All of the preparation- the years spent studying and practicing the art for, the science of lighting, stagecraft, costume, sound, even the organization of people, equipment and food- is necessary part of the creation of a performance. This immense effort is all aimed at coming together for a few brief performance. This immense effort is all aimed at coming together for a few brief moments of exchange between the presenters and the audience. 

What results is a living, breathing, fluid thing that happens "Right Now". At its best it is a transcendent in-the-moment experience for both the performers and the audience. Improvisation and spontaneity, all the so-called mistakes, are vital parts of the visceral magic of live shows and the reason people make them happen.


Olivier Franconetti Benamor said...


Viva Triana!

ihath said...

This is a fantastic post about what happens backstage at a flamenco show and all the hardwork that goes into it