Instituto Cervantes of Chicago announces the full performance program for its 15th Chicago Flamenco Festival, a multi-week festival celebrating Flamenco music and dance. The expanded five-week Festival features an impressive line-up of Flamenco’s brightest young stars and critically acclaimed artists including the U.S. Premiere of Anabel Veloso’s “Secreto A Voces.” This year’s Festival will also feature debuts from Anabel Veloso, Alfonso Aroca, Josemi Carmona & Javier Colina, Alba Heredia and Isaac De Los Reyes along with Chicago-based Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, Clinard Dance Company, Chiara Mangiameli, KANTUZ and Volcano Radar with Elbio Barilari. The 15th Chicago Flamenco Festival will be presented at the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago headquarters, 31 W. Ohio St., Feb. 24 to March 25. Tickets are $20-$35.
The 15th Chicago Flamenco Festival kicks off with “The Andalusian Trail: Roots of Flamenco,” a special preview performance at City Winery Chicago (1200 W. Randolph St.) on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. “The Andalusian Trail” is presented by world fusion ensemble Surabhi in collaboration with Las Guitarras de España and Intercultural Music Production. The concert traces Flamenco’s Andalusia (southern Spain) roots and its influence from Indian, Arabic and African traditions with original and traditional repertoire featuring Spanish guitar, Arabo-Andalusian poetry, music by Ronnie Malley on oud and harmonium as well as Rajasthani folk dance by Kinnari Vora andflamenco and Mid-Eastern dance by Marisela Tapia.
This year’s festival also features the Chicago Premiere of the documentary film J: BEYOND FLAMENCO (JOTA), directed by Carlos Saura (Carmen, Tango), in partnership with the 20th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival and The Gene Siskel Film Center. The film will screen at the Gene Siskel Film Center on Saturday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 16 at 8:30 p.m. In the film, Saura follows the dance and music of “la Jota.” As in Flamenco, Tango or Fados, Jota has evolved from a millennial traditional music and dance. The film explores the boundaries of this art in its purest state.
In celebration of the Festival’s 15th year, Instituto Cervantes of Chicago and the Chicago Flamenco Festival will collaborate with Flamenco Eñe, a program created by the Fundación SGAE based in Madrid to promote the Art of Flamenco outside Spain with concerts featuring extraordinary musicians, such as the Festival concerts “De Cerca” with Josemi Carmona & Javier Colina and “Orilla del Mundo” with Alfonso Aroca.
The 15th Chicago Flamenco Festival will also feature Flamenco brunches, symposiums, adults and kids dance and guitar workshops and family programs at Instituto Cervantes of Chicago during the Festival. These distinctive events further the Instituto Cervantes’ dedication to bringing the finest of Spanish and Hispanic culture to Chicago.