By Cathy Elelman • 06 November 2019 • 15:30
OPPORTUNITY: La Gitana Inglesa will be peforming authentic, raw flamenco alongside child gypsy proteges and top professionals.
CREDIT: Francesca Girone
AUTHENTIC, raw flamenco is not always easy to find, even in Andalucia. In fact genuine, hard-core flamenco is at risk of dying out due to a lack of financial support for artists, says ‘La Gitana Inglesa’, a.k.a. Manchester-born and long-time Mojacar resident Francesca Girone.
But thanks to Francesca, coming up in Zurgena is a golden opportunity to see this most traditional of Andalucia art forms in its purest form.
The ‘Raices Flamencas’, or Flamenco Roots, show organised by La Gitana Inglesa will be staged in Zurgena’s municipal theatre on Sunday November 17 at 8.30pm.
“There will be four dancers of various ages, male and female, so that our audience can enjoy all the different styles”, explained Francesca.
“We will be offering a mix of child gypsy dance proteges from Almeria mixed with top musical professionals from Granada.
“We have the stunning little dancer Estela, who wowed our audience last time. She will be performing with Granada’s top singer Antonio Heredia, who starred in our summer gala in Carboneras castle alongside Granada’s finest guitarist Manuel Fernandez, who also appeared in our summer gala.
“Andrea ‘La Chati’ will appear alongside her maestro Jose Tomas and myself.
“As always our performance is not rehearsed. Indeed the two young girls will only actually meet the musicians on the same evening, so we promise spontaneity and authenticity.”
Francesca also explained that given the usually predominantly English-speaking multi-cultural audience in Zurgena, there will be an explanation in English at the beginning of the show about what will be coming up in the performance.
For more information contact Jim Simpson at Zurgena Town Hall on 610 194 260 or Francesca by email at [email protected]
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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