Flamenco Dance Theatre Direct From Spain.
“Not like you have seen before”
Hernandez & Tamayo Spanish Dance Theatre premiere their work Emerald for the first time in Auckland, for the Fringe Festival. Unlike what you would expect from Flamenco dance, Hernandez & Tamayo draw a measured distance from the traditional spotted dresses and flying skirts. Always advancing forward and pioneering Spanish Dance Arts in Australia, their latest work is a signatory of their union, interweaving folkloric, ballet, contemporary and Flamenco dance, like never seen before in Australasia.
Ballet trained, Spanish folkloric and contemporary dance artist Aitor Hernandez Sanzano breathes world-class experience and knowledge from the Ballet Nacional of Spain and has aligned with traditional Gypsy Flamenco artist Marina Tamayo who trained in Sacromonte, Granada to form a unique culturally rich contemporary dance Spanish team.
Exploring the intrinsic fight with the shadows of our past, Hernandez and Tamayo are performers who use their very different dance heritages to advantage. Theirs is a performance-relationship of wills. There are strong elements of folk and classical ballet traditions, but these movement vocabularies are used explicitly to describe internal states. Intensity, passion and intricacy are woven exquisitely as they move through a series of encounters. Liquid arms and percussive responses describe shifts in status and rituals of leaving and returning and desiring and rejecting. With a simple change of cloth, relationships between generations shift and rivalries are made manifest.
“It is impossible to ignore how well these dancers perform the simplest shoulder shift and the most complex footwork. It is exciting to see this embodiment of their vulnerability” Lesley Graham, Australian Dance Review for MOVES Contemporary Dance Festival, Hobart.
The work will premiere at Qtheatre during the Summer at QFestival and at TAPAC during Auckland Fringe. Check their websites for furth details.
For media queries and further info contact Marina Tamayo: Hernandeztamayospanishdance@gmail.com or tel 0415384038 (Sydney, Australia)