We LOVED the performance concept, choreography, execution, costuming, staging — and the music stayed with us the entire weekend. It was all very powerful and engaging. …Maestra Rosario Toledo is clearly in a league of her own. When we walked out of the theater we knew we had seen something rare and extraordinary, especially for this corner of the world.
In 2012, PyA launched the first Philadelphia Flamenco Festival and again in 2014 thanks for generous grants from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. The Festival broadened PyA’s impact through partnership with a wide range of Philadelphia organizations, as well as 20 artists and 4 scholars from the U.S. and abroad, including masters from Spain of different genders who are also exploring feminist and other innovative approaches to flamenco, such as Rosario Toledo and Israel and Pastora Galván. The Festival encompassed performances, lectures, classes, workshops, and film screenings, reaching more than 5,000 audience members and establishing Philadelphia as a world center of forward-thinking flamenco.