Solwood Productions & Solera Performing Arts are proud to present Kasandra Flamenco’s Encuentros a percussive dance spectacular revealing passionate encounters by some of the world’s great dancers in Flamenco and Irish, Tap!
Led by master Flamenco dancer Kasandra “La China”, Encuentros presents Flamenco and dance artistry at the highest calibre with a combustible chemistry and musical energy that flows like water and skips like fire. Through the passionately dark to the delightfully playful, catch this amazing spectacular.
In a stunning display of romance, seduction, love and jealousy, Artistic Director Kasandra “La China” and International guest artists, Ricardo Lopez (Flamenco dancer, Madrid), and Joel Hanna (Irish Tap Dancer, Vancouver/New York), throw down the gauntlet and meet on the dance floor!
With powerhouse Flamenco singer, Vicente Griego, and live musicians playing Flamenco guitar and Cajon, the dance is showcased with profound musicality. The beauty of lyrical dance and the power of percussion result in a dazzling presentation, full of drama, intensity and bravado.
Kasandra “La China” explains:
“Encuentros is a rich exploration of human interaction and expression. As dancers encounter each other, each reveals a personal journey of joy and sorrow, jealousy and rage, loneliness and, hope. We are able to create rich, seductive dance duets with male dance partners of such star power…Ricardo Lopez from Madrid and Joel Hanna from New York’s Broadway…a rare treat in Vancouver!”
- a dramatic face off between the flamenco virtuosity of Ricardo Lopez and the potent athleticism of Irish dancer Joel Hanna
- the alluring dance imagery of the Spanish bata de cola (long train dress)
- rapid-fire footwork of epic proportions in a jealous love triangle
Kasandra “La China”, Artistic Director, Flamenco Dancer
Ricardo Lopez, Flamenco Dancer (Madrid)
Joel Hanna, Irish/Tap Dancer
Gareth Owen, Flamenco Guitar
Vicente Griego, Flamenco Singer (USA)
Davide Sampaolo, Cajon & Percussion