First Friday Juerga
Friday, April 7
What is a juerga?
A juerga is a kind of flamenco jam session where there is no distinction between audience and performers and everyone takes part, supporting each other in collective playing, singing, and dancing. During particularly inspired moments, participants shout out “Olé!” encouraging each other with rhythmic handclapping called “palmas.” The atmosphere and camaraderie a juerga creates are much like that of a southern American gospel service and a “juerga flamenca” can easily attain the proportions of a religious ritual.
The unique component in Pasión y Arte’s juergas is that the invitation to participate is open to all genres of music, singing, dance, and spoken word. The goal is to create new flamenco languages from different traditions. Special guest musicians and dancers – both professional flamencos, students, aficionados, artists from other Latino and non-Latino traditions – are invited to each juerga.
This event is free and open to the public. BYOB.
Location: Overbrook Garage Studio
Flamenco Workshop with Alejandro Granados
Direct from Madrid, join us for this incredible week long workshop with Alejandro Granados where he will teach both Basic Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced classes in Tangos (Technique & Choreography) and Solea poor Bulerias and Bulerias (Technique & Choreography).
About Alejandro Granados:
Alejandro Sainz Granados was born in Madrid in 1961. His initial training was in ballet and he began his career in Zaragoza, where he was trained by famed ballet teacher Maria de Avila. He continued his learning with Paco Fernandez and Manolo Marin. From 1987 to 1990 he performed with the National Ballet of Spain, where he came to stand out out as a choreographer. He also danced as a soloist with the Spanish Ballet in Madrid. He spent three seasons at the Salzburg Festival in Vienna under the direction of Von Karajan. He has worked in plays such as Yerma, directed by Nuria Espert (1996), Picasso flamenco (1996), and A nuestro aire (1998). For many years, he has been running his own dance company in addition to appearing as a guest artist and choreographer with Noche Flamenca. He is a master teacher and has traveled throughout the world teaching at various universities. His most recent collaboration is with Flamenco, Sonidos Gitanos with Maria Bermudez for a U.S. tour.
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All workshop classes will be at the Overbrook Garage Studio, 6411 Overbrook Avenue.