Created by Susana di Palma, Zorongo's Artistic Director, Locas Mujeres y Mas/Mad Women and More will consist of three sections:
LOCAS MUJERES/MADWOMEN (world premiere).
Choreographed by Susana di Palma
Inspired by the Locas Mujeres poems of Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral, who was the first Latin American women to earn the Nobel prize for literature, the work will depict “madwomen” who are anything but mad. Strong and intensely human, Mistral’s women confront impossible situations to which no sane response exists. Di Palma will interpret, through the power of flamenco dance, four women depicted in Mistral’s literature. For di Palma, this section reminds her of women who were seers, builders and survivors.
IDA Y VUELTA/DEPARTURE AND RETURN (world premiere)
Choreographed by Susana di Palma and Deborah Elias
Original music composed by Pedro Cortés, Jr.
“Ida y vuelta,” a Spanish expression which translates to “round trip,” musical forms are said to have infused New World cultures into traditional Spanish flamenco through the travels of merchant sailors. This interplay between Spanish musical traditions and those of the African slaves and Native Americans are playfully sensual and rhythmically romantic. Zorongo will bring this flamenco style to area audiences for the first time through a suite of four pieces which highlight Latino influences: La Guajira (Cuban influence from the 19th century, also called “punto cubano”); La Milonga (based on Argentine folklore); Colombianas, from Colombia; and Rhumbas. The music for this section comes from Pedro Cortés, Jr.'s new album, Los Viejos no Mueren (The Old Don't Die), which will be released in tandem with this show.
PURE FLAMENCO, Solos and Group (original)
New group work choreography
The concert will end with ever-popular “hard core” flamenco. This brings the artists and audiences a fantastic give-and-take between dancer and musicians, much in the way jazz musicians riff off of each other. It’s a time for the dancers and musicians to enjoy life and dance to the fullest and to challenge themselves and each other to constantly go further. Most of the dances in this section will solos with a new group work for Zorongo’s dancers.
“We have assembled a remarkable and talented roster of artists for Locas Mujeres y Más,” Susana di Palma, Zorongo’s founder and artistic director said. “With this combination of internationally respected flamenco artists from the Twin Cities and elsewhere, we will be able to present a wonderful, invigorating evening of flamenco to our Cowles Center audience,” she added.
The cast is as follows:
Susana di Palma – Artistic Director, choreographer and director, dancer – Susana di Palma is the preeminent flamenco dancer and choreographer in the Upper Midwest, and has developed an international reputation for her searing flamenco ballets, which combine narrative structure with classic flamenco technique.
Pedro Cortes, Jr. - Musical Director, composer, guitar – A Gypsy guitarist living in New York City, Pedro is excited to release his new CD Los Viejos no Mueren (The Old Don't Die)
Antonio Granjero - Guest Dancer – originally from Jerez, Spain, internationally recognized dancer who has performed his explosive style of flamenco at the Flamenco Biennal in Seville, Spain.
Jesús Montoya – Vocalist – An extraordinary flamenco singer from Seville, Spain, now living in Los Angeles,
Barbara Martinez - Vocalist, Dancer – A mainstay of the New York jazz and salsa club scene, Venezuelan singer Barbara Martinez has also performed at Carnegie Hall and with the Metropolitan Opera.
Gary Schulte – Violin – Gary has performed with companies like Theatre de la Jeune Lune and Ballet of the Dolls.
El Yiyi (Francisco Orozco)- Percussion, Vocalist – Francisco, also known as El Yiyi, originally from Barcelona, Spain, is just coming off a world tour. He has toured and recorded extensively since childhood.
Tony Hauser – Guitar – The Twin Cities' own Tony Hauser is a highly regarded guitar instructor who also co-founded the Minnesota Guitar Society.
Deborah Elias - Assistant Director, choreographer, dancer – Deborah Elias brings her passion for flamenco dance and choreography to the stage again under the auspices of Zorongo. Her own company, Danza Espanola, has toured Minnesota and she has conducted dozens of workshops and residencies in local schools.
Colette Illarde – Dancer – Colette Illarde got her start in flamenco in Chicago with Ensemble Espanol. She is the recipient of a McKnight fellowship, and has just returned from a month of travel and study in Spain.
The addition of percussionist El Yiyi, violinist Gary Schulte and guitarist Tony Hauser allows Zorongo to explore the musical aspects of this journey in vibrant, creative detail.