Direct from Spain - Flamenco dance as you have never before seen in New Zealand. Passionate and powerful, EMERALD is an intrinsic fight for survival...
Hernandez Tamayo draws a measured distance from the traditional spotted dresses and flying skirts. Always advancing forward and pioneering Spanish Dance Arts in Australia, this latest work is signatory to the style of this union, interweaving folkloric, contemporary and Flamenco dance, like never seen before in Australasia.
Spanish folkloric and contemporary dance artist Aitor Hernandez Sanzano breathes world-class theatre experience and knowledge from the Ballet Nacional of Spain and has aligned with Sydney-based artist Flamenco dancer Marina Tamayo who trained with the Gypsies, her roots in Sacromonte, Granada. They form a unique, culturally rich authentic contemporary creative Spanish team. EMERALD is the company's second major dance work, succeeding their sell-out show INERTIA.
EMERALD encapsulates multiple Spanish dance forms and music styles, leaving you emotionally inspired, passionately awoken and hypnotised by complex rhythms wrapped in unearthly harmonious chords. All of this is heightened by the sensational pre-recorded music co-produced by Hernandez Tamayo and edited by Aaron Lee Worldwide Music. The dark setting is mood-lit creating suspense and a visual feast through the lighting of Tasmanian based lighting designer Jason James.
Tamayo describes EMERALD as a personal narrative. It is a culturally rich multi-disciplined dance work based on the foundations of Contemporary ballet, Folkloric, Danza Espanola and Flamenco dance dialogue. The work draws attention to how we change our skins through life, evolving into the people we are today because of the heartbreaks, hardships and pain suffered. From childhood we begin to adapt and build coping mechanisms in response to all the experiences of life, augmenting current perspectives and defining the future.
Both Hernandez and Tamayo will present their individual narratives and the intrinsic fight to survive through the art of flamenco storytelling. The work premiered to full houses at The MOVES Contemporary Dance Festival in conjunction with the Moonah Arts Centre and in Sydney at The Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Eternity Playhouse.