To make the night scintillating The Mónica de la Fuente Dance Company from Spain performs at the third edition of Kerala Literature Festival on February 11 by 8 pm on the beach of Kozhikode.
The Mónica de la Fuente Dance Company based in Valladolid, Spain presents music and dance-theatre production titled Rasa Duende (Flamenco-India Project). The performance, Rasa Duende, is inspired by the Poem of the Deep Song composed by the renowned Spanish poet Federico García Lorca where Flamenco Music dialogues with Indian Performing Arts. A creation in dance, music and theatre where the expe¬rience of flamenco is explored in movement, sound and image in an encounter with one of its mother-roots: India. Where the primitive and at the same time stylized sound of flamenco meets –in a creative dialogue- the contemporary forms of dance inspired by Indian Performing Arts.
Rasa Duende was premiered in Segovia, Spain in December 2015 as part of the events celebrating 60 years of Spain-India Diplomatic Relations and was produced with the support of the Castille Regional Government and Casa de la India in Valaldolid. The international artists that are part of Rasa Duende are: Monica de la Fuente (dancer choreographer) Jose Salinas (singer and percussionist) and Carlos Blanco (guitar)
Mónica de la Fuente, choreographer and dancer dedicated for more than twenty years to Classical and Contemporary Indian Dance. She received her training in clas¬sical dance and theatre, Bharata Natyam and Kathakali, at some of India`s most prestigious schools the Kalakshetra (Madras) and Kalamandalam and Margi (Kerala), with the support of the governments of India (ICCR) and Spain (AECID). In 2000 she founded her own dance theatre company in Spain and since then has performed at numerous festivals and theatres in India, Europe, and USA. Among her latest collaborations are: “Flamenco, India by Film Carlos Saura”, “Kijote kathakali” for the Almagro International Festival of Classical Theatre and “Indalusia” by jazz musician Jorge Pardo. She is also the artistic director of the Laboratory of Indian Performing Arts at Casa India, Valladolid Spain.
José Salinas, singer and percussionist, who delves into the primitive sounds of flamenco to turn them into innovative soundscapes. Born in a traditional flamenco family from Andalusia he has worked internationally with the most relevant flamenco ensembles, Compañia Joaquin Ruiz, Belen Lopez, Ra¬faela Carrasco, Carlota Santana, Miguel Ángel Espino, Miriam Méndez, Inma Ortega, Carlos Chamorro, Concha Jareño etc. Alomg with these prestigious artists he performed all over Japan, Canada, South Africa, and USA. In the year 2009 he was awarded the National Award for Flamenco Singing. He has recorded with some of the leading flamen¬co groups and he has produced and recorded his own solo album Tierra de Luz.
Carlos Blanco, classical and flamenco guitarist, with a Higher Diploma of Music, Flamenco Guitar Specialization and a Master in Music Education. Born in Athis-Mons (France), he started very early the guitar studies at the Conservatory of Music Maurice Ravel and later he moved to Spain for Higher studies of Flamenco Guitar in Cordoba. In 2006, received the award for Best Musician at the Inter¬national Folk Festival of Caldas da Rainha (Lisbon-Portu¬gal) For many years he has been exploring the intercultural connections through his music in international collaborations with Brasil and Portugal and a variety of styles from classical to jazz and rock touring in many countries as Brazil, Japan, France, Portugal, Germany and Ukraine.
Yonder Rodríguez, is a master percussionist of world instruments. He plays more than twenty instruments like cumacos, afrovenezolan drums , quijada, japanese taiko and djembés. Apart from that he also plays indian instruments like tabla and kanjira.
He collaborates with different musical bands like Tradere, Lucrecia, Lola Roe o AzzBand. With the latest he is touring Australia. And he is part of Baúl del Indiano, dedicated to latin american music and baroque music Villanella and Guitarrísima. He has performed at numerous festivals in Spain and international festivals all around the world. He gives workshops on percussion and making of instruments.
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