My own passion for the art of flamenco guided me on an exploration of the two sides of passion through the metaphor of fire (with the two sides of passion being nurturer and destroyer). In order to choose what to dance, it was important for me to select flamenco and flamenco-inspired music and songs whose poetic lyrics reflected the universal themes of passion, oppression and hope. Flamenco song lyrics are like haikus, filled with wisdom and observations about love, life and death. My desire for the world to find hope and peace through our passions instead of hate and destruction is reflected in the music, songs and dances I chose to include.
The residency also gave me the opportunity to share flamenco with the community through workshops and a forum where dancers of all levels, ages and backgrounds shared why they pursue the art of flamenco in the USA through spoken word and solo dance performances. The packed audience at the Arts Council’s Open House on Saturday, September 14 was fascinated to hear and see why so many people are pursuing flamenco worldwide today.
Thank you ACP, for the Anne Reeves Artists-in-Residence program, and for this incredible experience!