© Tyler Baker Photography
© Tyler Baker Photography

tarantella

Flamenco show

A whirling, captivating flamenco journey. An irresistible impulse to dance. Embellished simple melodies and catchy rhythms merge into a festive celebration, rich with Meditrranean character.

Based around the Italian legend of the “Tarantella,” which has pagan roots as a wild dance of worship dating back to the Cult of Dionysus, the Tarantella later emerged as a dance meant rid of the poison from the bite of a deadly spider. Movement began slowly and methodically, gradually building to a manic hysteria as the music progresses. The tarantella has since gone through many incarnations; as a graceful, stately dance as well being referenced in countless pieces of music, poetry, folk dance and compositions such as those by Chopin and Liszt. Our version of Tarantella is a whirling, captivating Flamenco show.

For creation of this work I collaborated with Fiona Malena, flamenco dancer and choreogrpaher based now in Berlin, Germany. Tarantella was based on her original idea and concept and was created under her artistic direction.


Credits
Original concept and artistic direction: Fiona Malena (Berlin)
Choreography: Fiona Malena and Anastassiia Alexander
Music composition: Ricardito (Mexico city), Jonathan Lewis (Calgary/Mexico city)
Performers: Fiona Malena (dance), Anastassiia Alexander (dance), Jonathan Lewis (violin), Ricardo Sánchez (guitar, voice)


Performances
July 19, 2019 • 7:00 pm • Junction YYC, Calgary, AB
628 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
July 28, 2019 • 3:30 pm • Victoria Flamenco Festival, Victoria, BC
Centennial Square, Victoria, BC

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Tarantella
Original composition by Jonathan Lewis and Ricardo Sánchez
July, 2019

Junction YYC
Photography by Ken Mann
July, 2019

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