Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Guelph Dance Festival 2013 Sneak Peek: Ritmo Flamenco

In the weeks leading up to Guelph Dance Festival 2013, some of the amazing dance artists who will perform at the Festival will also share their vision with us here on the blog. These intimate, behind-the-scenes looks will bring us closer to the artistry, process, and experience of dance. We encourage you to not just read these amazing stories, but to ask questions or engage in conversation about dance in our comments section below. Welcome to our 15th anniversary year!

Choreographer Anjelica Scannura speaks with us today. Ritmo Flamenco performs at our In the Park series on Thursday May 30, 7pm, and Saturday, June 1 and Sunday June 2, at noon, Exhibition Park. Pay-what-you-can (suggested donation: $15).

Anjelica: My company—Ritmo Flamenco—and I have been excited by the challenges that face us for our upcoming performances that are a part of the In The Park series at the highly-anticipated Guelph Dance Festival.  It will be a thrill to dance for the vast audience that the In The Park series attracts.
Ritmo Flamenco. Photo: Peter Lear
I’m changing some of the choreography to capitalize on the outdoor setting.  The three dancers will strive to achieve a bolder approach, capitalizing on the audience’s close proximity.  Because of the piece being stripped through removing the fourth wall, it will be more emotional for audience and dancer.
Ritmo Flamenco. Photo: Peter Lear
Outside of the sometimes inhibiting settings of performing on a stage with theatrical lighting, the choreography will flourish in all of its splendor.  The relationships between the dancers will be raw, and it’ll be a refreshing experience as a dancer and choreographer to work in a boundless and natural environment.  
Ritmo Flamenco. Photo: Peter Lear
Anjelica Scannura has been dancing her whole life, as her parents Valerie and Roger Scannura are founders of one of Canada’s most preeminent flamenco companies, Ritmo Flamenco. She has been travelling to Spain since she was young to absorb the nuances of authentic flamenco. A recipient of the Chalmers Award in 2011 and the Paula Citron FRESH BLOOD award winnder for 2012, she has built an impressive repertoire of solo works and ensemble pieces. She is looking forward to premiering a new show for Harbourfront’s NextSteps 2013/14 season. Paula Citron from the Globe and Mail stated, “Scannura is developing her own hybrid and she is truly a representative of Canadian dance.” 

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