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Yoga and Flamenco for Every/body


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¡Olé Namaste!

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Pictured above from top left: Two students strike a pose, Hurley School, Boston; Eve Costarelli (AKA Eva Lorca); Students learning palmas at St. Stephens after-school program, Boston, MA; Visual representations of flamenco; Antonio Tiriti and Eve performing at the Natick Farmer’s Market; Students performing the story of Ferdinand The Bull; Eve teaching how braseo to students of St. Stephen’s after-school program, Boston, MA; Eve and some students. (Thank you to Celebrity Series and Robert Torres for the pictures of Eve and St. Stephen’s)

I am a flamenco dancer. Through this dance, I communicate my kinship to the gypsies, a group of wanderers/nomads/pilgrims who migrated from Northern India during the 8th and 9th centuries. One route that they took was through Saudi Arabia and Northern Africa, before arriving in Spain through the Straits of Gibraltar. These gypsies were comprised of expert metal workers, animal tenders and entertainers. They arrived in Spain when the country was controlled by the Moors (made up of Arabs, Syrians and Berbers). In Spain, the gypsies mixed freely amongst the veritable melting pot of cultures. In Andalucía, a region in Southern Spain known as the birth place of flamenco, the gypsies found a land that suited them and found a sense of connection with the people who lived there: the Jews, the Moors and the Spaniards. The gypsies absorbed the diverse cultures around them: the music of the Moors, the songs of the Sephardic Jews and the dances of the Spaniards and then coupled with their heritage from India, they transformed the music, song and dance into the art of flamenco.

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My journey to become a flamenco dancer has been a deeply personal artistic pursuit. I have found that the greatest joy of flamenco is discovering my interpretation and style within the art form. As a flamenco dancer, I possess the capacity for self-controlled passion and emotional expression which becomes the underlying energy which motivates me to dance. This is my life force, my soul, my chi, my prana. Duende, the passion and inspiration within, is the heart of the flamenco artist. It is the transfer of emotions across space. It is the energetic imprint of the raw emotion released as a result of a performer’s intense emotional involvement with the music, song and dance. It is in the sum the energy the dancer takes from the earth, drawing it up through the soles of their feet. It travels through the body electrifying the the base, the core, the heart and shines forth through the crown of her head.

It is in this sensation filled space that I find the connection between flamenco and yoga. I speculate that the gypsies created the movements in flamenco directly in correlation to the yoga body. The energy centers, the chakras, directly speaking to the emotional output of the artist. I believe that the gypsies brought with them an underlying understanding of yoga and that this physical, emotional and spiritual connection to the body was then naturally incorporated into flamenco’s expression. It is fascinating to teach flamenco under the label of mindfulness. I incorporate it (plus a smattering of other rhythmic and contemplative movement forms) into all of my youth yoga classes. I find that flamenco is a perfect addition as its many benefits go hand-in-hand with the benefits of yoga.

Flamenco and Yoga both:

  • Stimulate memory, thinking and retention
  • Increase the ability to focus, listen, observe and absorb
  • Reduce Stress
  • Strengthen the heart muscle, both physically and emotionally
  • Increase positive energy
  • Develop balance, flexibility and coordination
  • Strengthen confidence, patience and risk taking skills
  • Build community
  • Deepen sense of self
  • Expand world view
  • Heighten happiness
  • Help you get in touch with your emotions and give you a safe outlet for their release
  • Cultivate accessibility, adaptability and inclusivity

When you want to plant a flower, you first need to till the soil, nourish it, plant the seeds, water it, and then sit back and wait to see the blossom….now in relation to the flamenco body. If you imagine that the soil line is at the hips, so your legs and your feet are the roots below the surface. The roots grow down and ground the dance to the earth. From the waist up is the blossom, growing from the soil line (which is your hips). This is the blossom. With good, strong roots, you then use the upper body to create the shapes and lines true to flamenco, building out of the hips and allowing the legs and feet to move separately.”

My favorite part about teaching is sharing my love of movement and making both the arts of flamenco and yoga accessible. Yoga is not one tangible thing. It is not movement; it is not breath; it is not meditation. What it is, is all of these things. Each of these elements leaves an energetic imprint, a vibrational frequency on the person, and that is the yoga. I love both yoga and flamenco in my life and I live to share them. With each personal exploration of my own energy’s movement, I teach. Yoga and flamenco are deeply connected to my soul, and I am constantly evolving. I choreograph the dance between effort and surrender. I find such joy in these sensations. All I want to do is to share them with my students.


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Dance In The Schools 2016: Baldwin School Wrap-Up

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I had the ultimate pleasure of working again with the Maria Baldwin School in Cambridge for this year’s Dance In The Schools Month. I began forging a relationship with the second grade teacher’s 6 years ago and it only keeps getting better each year I go back. This year I had the extra enjoyment of bringing not only my yoga program but I also brought flamenco to the music classes. Together these two classes make up the basis for Always Be Dancing Mindful Movement. This opened up a whole new angle to me for bringing mindfulness into this school. Pairing me up with the music teacher only enriched my musical knowledge, so it was truly a win-win situation for all! The second graders received a veritable cornucopia of mindfulness through dancing, Yoga posing, breathing, and meditating.The positive responses I gathered from the students and the teachers were full of positive remarks and full of enjoyment.

Please comment on what worked regarding the content of this program, e.g., use of theme, connection of movement/dance to curriculum, etc. Did you or the Classroom Teacher notice any changes in any of the students’ behavior, focus, ability to do whatever you were teaching? Please describe if possible.

The kids were all so connected to learning-it is a great environment. The staff and kids are very engaged and even the few children who are on the spectrum or emotionally developing interact with the group and learn alongside their peers. I often work with special needs and other high risk populations and I have developed a compassionate and effective way of bringing what I am teaching to these groups. I appreciated that every student tried what I offered to them. The music students learned about the history of flamenco and the gypsies, styles of flamenco, the emotional content of flamenco, the art of clapping, singing, dancing rhythmically and also rhythmic footwork.  In yoga, we used the basics of yoga, breath-work, poses and meditation, to reinforce emotional control. In the end, they students created a book for me which reinforced their engagement with both my yoga and flamenco classes.

Did you share any materials, resources, music, ideas, props with the Classroom Teacher so they could continue after your last session? If so, what?

MUSIC: I sent a musical link and we made a video of our dance. I also created a special document that gave the history of flamenco and wrote out a simplified version of the choreography for reference.

Here is the document I created for music: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gpZnnLeYRu33aZqIooSvV5tm7mTxjAdOMu_qOCr_HEo/edit?usp=sharing

YOGA: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IKRDDtAAfwcO4vL3EmU381SCi8YEGRAY0g2X2FOlk0o/edit?usp=sharing

Describe the nature of your collaboration with your Classroom Teacher – before your sessions (interaction with teacher, co–planning of materials, other), during your sessions (co-teaching, assessing the process, altering plans), after you finished (examples of follow-up lessons created by you and/or the Classroom Teacher, other)

MUSIC: After reaching out to the music teacher, he sent me some ideas for how we could collaborate his music and my dance class, which really helped me to mold my program.

We came up with:

*Phrase *Form *Different rhythmic values *Dynamics (volume) *Improvisation/Composition

 We worked with each throughout the classes, him adding in his teaching methodology (using the Takadimi system) which opened my eyes to new ways of being able to teach ideas and my own creative style of teaching which only enhanced his system. 

YOGA: I was in contact with the two second grade teachers prior to my visit. They asked me to work with their students on  Socio-Emotional learning and the executive functions, to enable a string and fruitful learning environment for all. I mapped out 4 programs that I would use as the basis of the 4 sessions.

Eve’s Awesome Yoga Day one was about using yoga to calm the body, mind and energy and playing with the differences between silence and non-silence, which can mean vocally, mentally and physically. Here I also taught about the brain and the concept of neuro-plasticity; Day two,  healthy eating; Day three, Rhythm and movement; Day four, Cooperation. 

Do you feel/think you were effective? Why/why not? What did you learn? What challenges did you face? (This is a food for thought question, not judging or criticizing you.

MUSIC: This was extremely effective. Every time I came into the room, the kids all brightened up and beamed, totally ready to dance/do yoga. I could see in their faces their joy! I loved learning about Takadimi as it brings in a Kathak element to my Flamenco teaching, as Kathak is seen as one of the roots of Flamenco.

YOGA: The kids learn in a very short amount of time about how they can control their brains, that brains change, how to be strong, focused and self-effective. How to work by themselves and cooperate in a group. How to be still and to move; to be quiet and loud; to be fast and slow. They learn about emotional control and how they can learn in a different environment than they are usually presented with.


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WORLD MUSIC/CRASHarts PRESENTS FLAMENCO FESTIVAL 2016

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WORLD MUSIC/CRASHarts PRESENTS

Direct from Spain

FLAMENCO FESTIVAL 2016

Featuring Spain’s foremost dancers and musicians

March 5 & 6, 19 & 20, 2016

Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston

VICENTE AMIGO vicente_sm1

Saturday, March 5, 8pm – $60, $50, $40, $32

http://worldmusic.org/content/event_page/3646/vicente-amigo

Latin Grammy–winning Vicente Amigo is known as one of today’s most dazzling flamenco guitarists and a likely successor to Paco de Lucía. Hailing from Córdoba, Spain, Amigo is at the forefront of a new generation of flamenco performers, steeped in the classic style while constantly innovating within the tradition.

 

FARRUQUITO Farruquito 2 by Sophie Mühlenburg

Performing the Boston premiere of Improvisao

BOSTON PREMIERE WORK

Sunday, March 6, 7:30pm – $79, $65, $52, $40

http://worldmusic.org/content/event_page/3656/farruquito

From the legendary Farruco dynasty, the first family of Gypsy flamenco dance, Farruquito is regarded as one of the most faithful representatives of flamenco puro. His new show, Improvisao, is a work of intimate, authentic, and visceral flamenco, which Farruquito calls “a return to my roots.” He will be accompanied by guest dancer Gema Moneo, four singers, two guitarists, and a percussionist.

 

ROCÍO MOLINA Bienal

Performing the Boston premiere of Danzaora & Vinática

BOSTON PREMIERE WORK

Saturday, March 19, 8pm – $79, $65, $52, $40

http://worldmusic.org/content/event_page/3666

Rocío Molina is at the forefront of modern flamenco and has been awarded many of Spain’s top accolades, including National Dancer of the Year. Considered “one of the finest soloists in the world today” (The New York Times), she performs the Boston premiere of Danzaora & Vinática, a thrilling work with live musical accompaniment.

 

ROSARIO “LA TREMENDITA” & MOHAMMAD MOTAMEDI 

Qasida   Flamenco meets Persian classical murosariomo_sm2sic

BOSTON DEBUT/ BOSTON PREMIERE WORK

Sunday, March 20, 7:30pm – $48, $42, $37, $30

http://worldmusic.org/content/event_page/3676

The Qasida project is an extraordinary musical encounter between the young Spanish singer Rosario “La Tremendita” and her Iranian peer Mohammad Motamedi. Renowned for accompanying flamenco dancers Belén Maya, Rocío Molina, Rafaela Carrasco, and many others, “La Tremendita” explores the roots of flamenco in the richly varied poetic songs and improvisations of Motamedi, the young rising star of Persian classical music. They will be accompanied by six musicians on guitar, Iranian kemanche (a bowed string instrument), percussion, and palmas (hand clapping).

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Eve’s Awesome Yoga comes to Mini Miracles Child Care Center, Framingham, MA

I was so happy with the successful launch of Always Be Dancing Mindful Movement at Mini Miracles Child Care Center, Natick. The students range from 15 month to 5.5 years and I was immediately charmed by each and everyone of them. The support staff is awesome. They are engaged and engaging as are the kids. I feel so fortunate to be creating this partnership with Mini Miracles Child Care Center and RCS Learning Center. I look forward to cultivating this wonderful friendship!

The launch of the Little Yogi Yoga program had us learning the differences between relaxed and active states in our breath, bodies and minds through songs, games, stories, dancing, moving and sitting still.

Things we learned (note: this is a grouping of all the things we did, through the breadth of all the classes. Everything was offered in an age appropriate manner. All concepts and exercises fit each age group. Modifications were applied) :

The Chimepp347: Ring the chime and still and quiet with listening ears, to hear the reverberation, the echo, of the bell and just breath. We don’t even have to think of how to breath, because we all breath naturally. We are breathing and we are alive. But now I am asking you to really notice that you breathing. Think about breathing in, filling yourself up like a balloon, and feel yourself breathing out, feeling relaxed, and calm and focused. Let students try ringing the chime. One of the things often noted was how surprised the kids were at how heavy the chimes are.

Hoberman Sphere: This is a specialty item. It is an isokinetic structure that resembles a geodesic dome but is capable of folding down to a fraction of its normal size by the scissor-like action of its joints (the geodesic dome was created by Buckminster Fuller and I had the ultimate enjoyment of having one in my bedroom while I was growing up. All I had in my room was a bed, a bureau, a blackboard, a wooden stove and sink and the while center of the room was taken up by a wooden geodesic dome, with a rope and a circular wooden swing strung down the center on which I could swing round and round inside the arc of the jungle gym. We used to cover the whole thing with blankets and pretend it was a cave). It resembles the action of the belly in deep belly breathing, a very calming and relaxing way to breath. Inhale as you gently expand the sphere, exhale as you gently descend the sphere. Let the kids open and close once and then pass to the next person. Reminding them that it is a gently toy and that we want to breath slowly like a turtle.

Deep Belly Breathing: Place your hands on your belly. Breath in: Feel how your belly fills up like a beabdominal-breathingach ball; breath out, feel your belly soften. Gently close your eyes. I will add next time, having the kids lie down and place a bean bag on their belly and have them lift and drop it along with their breath. This can also be done with a rubber duck, and they can pretend it is riding the waves.

Blowing Pom-Poms: At first I tried this with small straws, but I found them to be a distraction. We just lay on our bellies and blew on the pom-poms (each student had their own), trying to send them sailing across the floor. Lots of laughs, slithering, crawling, breathing going on!

Fly Like a Butterfly: Butterfly Pose with song & movements. color-3B-butterfly%2872%29[1]

Yogini Went To Sea: Tapping energy points on the forehead, arm, knee, belly and coordinating them all.

Clapping Name Game: Opening circle game that uses rhythm, counting, patterning, sequencing, socializing within a group, taking turns, listening, and creative thinking. Clap the number of syllables in my name, each child’s name and any support staff present. Help the children count how many syllables in their won name. At the end of class ask, who had the least? The most? What one was most common?

I Am Happy Meditation: Sitting, criss-cross yoga sauce. Pointer fingers stretched out and using thumb to hold other fingers curled
I am happy; I am good. I am happy; I am good (Shake pointer fingers)
A-E-I-O (finger tips together at the belly button) ; A-E-I-O (finger tips together by the heart) ; A-E-I-O (finger tips together by the forehead); U (hands reaching up to sky).
Ha-ha-ha-ha (finger tips together by the forehead) ; He-he-he-he (finger tips together by the heart) ; Ho-ho-ho-ho (finger together at the belly button) ;Hooooooo (pronounced “who” hands reaching our by the knees). I have finger tips join as a brain gym activity.

Little White DLittle-White-Duck-9780316733977uck song & movements: Rendering of the version that Raffi sings, along with the board book. As we read, we added movements to the story.

Pose Series: **The accompanying yoga cards are from the Yoga Education Resources: Creative Yoga Games sets 1 & 2, by Edna Reinhardt 

Final Rest Pose: This is the classic last pose of every yoga class. The idea is to lie perfectly still, legs slightly apart, feet dropping open, arms slightly away from the body, palms facing up the ceiling. You then follow the breath in and out for anywhere from 1 minute up to…..well in a “perfect” world that is what rest pose looks like, but that is not the reality of a children’s class. I gently remind stillness, focus, calmness, relaxation….

Namaste: Thank you!

Eve

 


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It’s never to early to eat ice cream!

My favorite quote about living life to its fullest comes from my student Farrah..

“It’s never to early to eat ice cream”

Farrah

It’s never too early to eat ice cream!


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Youth Flamenco, Inclusion Yoga and Tween/Teen Yoga with Eve Costarelli 2014-2015

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Youth Flamenco on Wednesdays; Classes start Wednesday September 10th, 2014
@ The Dance Complex, 536 Mass Ave., Cambridge, MA

Youth Flamenco 1 (ages 5-10); 4:00PM The class is designed for children aged 5 to 11 with zero to 1 year of flamenco dance experience. This class includes basic technique of flamenco dance to include correct posture, hand, arm, and foot placement. The student will become familiar with basic flamenco vocabulary. The course will include exercises that will develop the clarity of the students’ footwork, develop their upper-body to lower-body coordination. Basic castanet playing exercises are practiced. Repertoire will be taught. Required attire: leotard or fitted top, castanets, flamenco shoes and skirt for girls. Castanets and flamenco boots for boys. Pre-Registration for Fall-Winter 2014 session, as well as Winter-Spring 2015, contact Eve Costarelli AdamAnt_Eve@hotmail.com for more information. No drop-ins.

Youth Flamenco 2 (ages 9-16); 5:00PM Two years of dance experience required. This class offers Flamenco technique to improve posture, hand, arm, and foot placement. Exercises that will improve clarity of the students’ footwork, upper-body to lower-body coordination as well as stamina and endurance are included. Medium to complex footwork and choreographic variations are taught. Required Attire: Flamenco shoes, flamenco skirt, leotard or fitted top, castanets. Other dance accessories may be required such as Spanish hat, mantón and fan, when necessary. Pre-Registration for this Fall-Winter 2014 session, as well as Winter-Spring 2015, contact Eve Costarelli AdamAnt_Eve@hotmail.com for more information. No drop-ins.

Inclusion Yoga
Inclusion Yoga (ages 6-10) and Tween/Teen Yoga on Thursdays: Classes start Thursday October 2nd, 2014
@ Open Spirit Center, 39 Edwards St., Framingham, MA

Inclusion Yoga (ages 6-10); 3:45-4:35PM This inclusion class will help children with Autism, special needs, and typical learners to feel comfortable with all people, noting that everyone is different and that’s OK. The class combines breath work, movement, guided meditations and a deep relaxation period to help children learn to be aware of their thoughts, emotions and what their bodies say. This specialized program is designed for typically developing children, and children with special needs, including but not limited to; Autism, ADD/ADHD, OCD, Anxiety, PDD, Sensory Processing Dysfunction, PTSD, CP and DS. Students must be able to take verbal instructions and follow along in a group setting with support. Pre-Registration for this Fall session, as well as other sessions throughout the year, are availablehttp://www.openspiritcenter.org/. Led by Eve Costarelli. $90 for the Fall session, no drop-ins.

Tween/Teen Girls Yoga (ages 11-18); 4:45-6:00PM This class brings older tweens and teens together to explore how yoga can help them better understand and appreciate their changing bodies, relationships, and lives. Yoga can help tweens/ teens move through these often-challenging years and emerge with healthy ways to address stress and find balance. Classes will help empower teens and inspire self-awareness and body confidence, and are fun, upbeat, and non-competitive. Yoga poses, philosophy, breath work, meditation and journaling will be explored. This class also presents a wonderful opportunity for tweens/ teens to come together, laugh, and build friendships within the Open Spirit community. Pre-Registration for this Fall session, as well as other sessions throughout the year, are availablehttp://www.openspiritcenter.org/. Led by Eve Costarelli. $90 for the Fall session, no drop-ins.

Privates are available, slots are filling quickly.
Flamenco and Yoga parties available for children and adults. Yoga Classes & The Common Core, Weddings and Corporate events available. Please inquire.

Eve’s other projects include:

Nourishing Teachers, Strengthening Classrooms Project @ the Framingham Public Schools; Framingham, MA

The Birth of Flamenco @ Young Audiences of Massachusetts; Greater New England

Yoga in the Park @ Ivy Child International; Worcester, MA

Core Yoga In Schools @ Brighton High School; Brighton, MA

Yoga Reaches Out: Kid’s Yogathon; Natick, MA

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Working with kids and animals…

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There is a saying “Never work with kids and animals”….but I cannot imagine a better “job” in the world!  

Last night, I had the awesome opportunity to include some of my youth flamenco students in a performance with the Boston Arts Consort. Last night was the Feria de Abril at the Democracy Center in Cambridge , MA. supported in part by the Highland Street Foundation and Art Week Boston. It was a huge success, played to a SRO audience!

The first half of the show was Zarzuela and Feria. My students and I paraded onto the stage, dancing flamenco, to cheers and ooh’s and olé’s, from the audience. This was free-flamenco movement that is so lovely and allows each child to express themselves as they see fit, without any constraints. This can be difficult at times. Being free in front of people can cause fear, embarrassment, and self-consciousness.

Prior to our starting, I had a pow wow with the kids and talked about how to relieve the symptoms of stage fright. I used the example of a movie star, who on the set, has perfect hair, make up, costumes, memorized lines and even a fake accent. We adore this person as an actor! But what if we met this person on the play ground? Their hair would be messy, no make up, regular clothes, no memorized lines and no accent! This is the same person. One is the actor person, one is the person they really are. When we perform, we must be the “actor” part of us, who is not the same as the regular us. It was a good analogy; the kids really got it.
Here are a few more tips:
*Be prepared. Know what you have to do for the performance. That means you have to have practiced prior to the event.
* Be calm. Take breaths in and out through the nose to calm your body and your mind. Inhale like you are really savor into a delicious smell so it fills you up like a balloon, then slowly allow the breath to slide out of your body, letting the body deflate and relax.
* Remember that the audience will be amazed at your fearlessness! Most people do not have the ability to perform in front of others…you do! I guess this is the one we say to imagine the audience in their underwear…
* Be energized, confident and “in the zone”. Allow yourself to draw from all the energy around you, to use that energy to lift you!
* Be in the moment. Be mindful. Do not reside in what happened in the past or what will come in the future. Dance for that moment and give your all. That is true. That is art.
“The strings may be squeaky and worn, the voice cracked and hoarse. What counts here is not the pure and polished sound imposed by the anxious academician of our conservatories, but outrageous expressiveness…a sound too human to be heard without a total upheaval of one’s being. A heartrending cry that rips through the guts and immerses the listener in the sacred ecstasy of the duende.” Bernard Leblon/Author
* Before you go on, do some type of group bonding activity, such as all hands on top of each other in the center and a huge shout of “Ole!”!
* Get your sillies out! This was best helped by Bianca the juggler!

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I don’t know why they say “Never work with children or animals”? For me, it is always an experience of a life time. I graciously thank all my students and families! ¡Viva Sevilla! ¡Viva España! ¡Viva Cambridge! !Viva the Boston Arts Consort! 

 

Below is the program form the event. If you missed us this time, I hope you’ll be able to join us the next. For all the audience members-thank you!

¡Ole Namaste!

The Boston Arts Consort Presents

Feria De Abril

April 26, 2014, The Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA

Linda Papatopoli, pianist and director;

Liz Leehey, clarinet, Eva Lorca, flamenco artist with youth dancers

Josie Howe, Ainoa Nashat, David Perez-Lawrence and Frida S. Vasquez;

Roberto Rios, flamenco guitar, Clara Sandler, mezzo-soprano,

and visiting artist, bass-baritone Miguel Angel Machinandiarena

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Program

-Sevilla from “Suite Española”…………………………………………….……… Isaac Albeniz

-Vals del Caballero de García from “La Gran Via”….…………….……….Federico Chueca

-Tango de la Menegilda from “La Gran Via”…………………….………….Federico Chueca

-Fiesta from “Miniaturas”…………………………………………………………Joaquin Turina

¡Que Viva Sevilla!.……………………………….Traditional dance by students of Eva Lorca

-Romanza from “Luisa Fernanda” ……………………………………..Federico Moreno Torroba

-Sevillanas………………………………………………………..Traditional dance by Eva Lorca

-Duo: ¿Porque de mis Ojos los Tuyos Retiras? from “La Revoltosa” ……….Ruperto Chapí

 

-Brief Intermedio-

-Herencia Gitana………………………………………..……………………………Juan Mostazo

-Nana from “Siete Canciones Populares Españolas”………………..………Manuel de Falla

-Te Lo Juro Yo…………………………………………………..………………..Miguel de Molina

-Sevillanas del Siglo XVIII from “Canciones Españolas Antiguas”..Federico García Lorca

-Tangos en Tono de Tarantos…..………………………….……Flamenco dance by Eva Lorca

-Zapateado from “La Tempranica”……………………..………….………..Geronimo Giménez

-Porompompero…………………….…………………….…………………..Juan Solano Pedrero

¡A Bailar por Sevillanas!

 

Many thanks for the support of Sarah Cadorette, Democracy Center Chief Coordinator,

Joe Cugini, tech support and set design, and the Madison Park Culinary School for supplying our delicious churros.

 

Drawing from the many talented artists and scholars here and abroad, The Boston Arts Consort presents programs that combine the aesthetic, cultural and literary aspects of its themes for a multi-faceted and enjoyable audience experience. At the heart of its programming is the music of Spain; Programs include Goyescas: When Art Becomes Music; Scenes of Spain in Music andTapas; and Lorca in Song and Poetry. The Consort continues to explore contemporary composers of Spain, and looks forward to programming a series of events in 2016 for the centenary of the great Spanish composer Granados. We are thrilled to be part of the inaugural year of Boston’s Artweek.

 

Meet the artists…

Linda Papatopoli, pianist and director, is active as performer and teacher in the Boston area, as well as giving workshops and concerts in Japan and Italy. In recent years her repertoire has expanded to include her passion for the music of Spain, and her lifelong interest in literature and culture led her to found the Boston Arts Consort. She was recently commissioned with soprano Meena Malik to record a series of Japanese art songs for Japan’s Children’s Song Alliance, and her arrangements for voice, clarinet, and piano of Falla’s Siete Canciones Populares and Lorca’s Canciones Antiguas will be recorded this year. Ms. Papatopoli is on the faculty of Boston College and the Solomon Schechter School Enrichment Program of Newton.

Luis De Haro, Executive Director, brings entrepreneurship to the nonprofit community through his experience in business development and real estate asset management, but his love for his native culture is reflected in all of his community efforts and in his dedication to the Boston Arts Consort. As a connoisseur of Spanish cuisine, Luis launched a specialty food business in Boston’s South End. He teaches a long-running tapas class and has created a collaborative program to mentor students with an interest in the culinary arts. As a strong proponent of bilingual education, he teaches both conversational and business Spanish.

Eva Lorca (Eve Costarelli) has been teaching flamenco, tap and yoga in the Boston community for the past twenty years. Through her exploration of flamenco technique and its connection to the yoga body, her dancing personifies the power and stillness held within the music of Spanish gypsies. Eve Costarelli is the founder and Artistic Director of Always Be Dancing which provides flamenco performances, classes, and lecture demonstrations throughout New England. As a member of Young Audiences of Massachusetts, she travels with her program, The Birth of Flamenco, to schools K-12 bringing both her love and knowledge of flamenco.  Her recently created Ole Namaste is on the cutting edge of the global yoga and dance trend infusing the movements, breath-work and meditation of yoga with the music and dance of flamenco.  Ms. Costarelli performs with The Boston Arts Consort, is on the Massachusetts State Teaching Roster and is a certified yoga teacher. For more information http://www.AlwaysBeDancing.com and AdamAnt_Eve@hotmail.com

Elizabeth Leehey is a clarinetist and music educator in the Boston area and a graduate of the Boston Conservatory. She has been a featured soloist in concert series at universities, music schools and art centers in the United States and Spain. Along with a passion for Spanish music and culture, Elizabeth’s many interests include Alexander Technique and its relationship to music making. She is co-creator of several new transcriptions for flute and clarinet duo which are available at sheetmusicplus.com. Elizabeth maintains a teaching studio in Sharon, MA where she offers private clarinet instruction and chamber music coaching to children and adults.

Miguel Angel Machinandiarena, baritone, lives in Argentina and is currently in Boston pursuing academic studies in English language. Miguel is a graduate of Argentina’s Teatro Colón’s Instituto Superior de Arte. He has appeared in numerous operatic and zarzuela productions, performing in “Salomé” at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile, the roles of Alberich in “Das Rheinegold”; Sigfried and Klingson in “Parsifal”, and Joe in Weill’s “Mahagonny”. He also performed Goro in “Madama Butterfly” and Saltan in “The Tale of Tsar Saltan” at the Teatro Colón.

Roberto Ríos , flamenco guitarist, has performed as dance accompanist and solo guitarist for over thirty years. He has appeared with Omayra Amaya, the Rogelio Rodriguez Spanish Dancers, José Greco, Gitanerías, the Ramón de los Reyes Spanish Dance Theatre, the Houston Pops Orchestra and the Central Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra. Ríos, the founder and Director of the group, El Arte Flamenco, is the father of dancers Isabel Ríos and Faustino Ríos with whom he formed the El Arte Flamenco over twenty years ago. Besides performing  in local schools, restaurants and other venues, Ríos also accompanies flamenco dance classes given by his son in Waltham, Massachusetts.  E-mail: elarteflamenco@msn.com.

Clara Sandler, mezzo-soprano, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, feels at home in a wide range of styles, from opera, oratorio and recitals, to zarzuela and tango. She was the featured soloist at the Boston premiere of Gorecki’s “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”, with the Boston Chamber Ensemble. With this orchestra she also performed Wagner’s “Wesendonck Lieder “She has performed in opera and oratorio with different local music organizations. An avid researcher of music from Spain and Latin America, Clara has presented many recitals in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and in her native Buenos Aires. Her CD “Alma Apasionada, Songs from Spain and Argentina” was released in 2006 by Newport Classic. Clara Sandler, a graduate of the New England Conservatory, is on its Voice faculty at the Preparatory & Continuing Education Schools as well as at Boston College’s Music Department. This spring she is completing a three-year program towards the certification as practitioner of the Alexander Technique at the AT Center of Cambridge.

Young flamenco dancers Josie Howe, Ainoa Nashat, David Pérez-Lawrence and Frida S. Vasquez are students of Eve Costarelli’s Always Be Dancing flamenco school. For more information http://www.AlwaysBeDancing.com and AdamAnt_Eve@hotmail.com