Forget about the winter chill and warm up with the fiery passion of flamenco music and dance during the 15th annual Chicago Flamenco Festival at Instituto Cervantes. The five-week-long event kicks off February 24 and showcases the intricacies of this vibrant Spanish art form with an array of international flamenco artists rarely witnessed in the United States. Don't miss these highlights:
Anabel Veloso's Secreto a Voces
February 24 and 25, 7:15 p.m.
The US premiere of Secreto a Voces features flamenco dancer Anabel Veloso interpreting the intimate connection between the artist and the audience. Veloso is an award-winning artist and choreographer with her eponymous company based in Almería, Spain. Noted for her lyrical approach to flamenco, Veloso's performance is sure to be a treat for all kinds of dance fans.
Alfonso Aroca, Orilla del Mundo
March 10, 7 p.m.
Flamenco pianist and composer Alfonso Aroca will present dynamic works from his piano and flamenco album, Orilla del Mundo. The album traces the influence of Africa, Asia and America that mixed together in the Andalusia region, where flamenco was born. An award-winning flamenco accompanist, Aroca will be joined by flamenco dancers, singers and percussionists.
J: Beyond Flamenco (Jota) Film at Gene Siskel Film Center
March 11 at 6:30 p.m. and March 16 at 8:30 p.m.
This documentary film, a selection of the European Union Film Fest, explores the influential flamenco form of "la Jota" in the Chicago premiere at the Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N. State Street, 312-846-2800). Originating in Aragon, La Jota incorporates Asian and Arabic influences into a percussive dance showcased in this documentary.
February 24–March 25
31 W. Ohio Street
Learn more about the 15th Annual Chicago Flamenco Festival, including symposiums, dance and guitar workshops, family programs and other fun events during the five-week celebration of flamenco dance and culture in Chicago.