Desert Flowers

Linda Vargas Flamenco Dance Company

  • Ticket Price: R25.00
  • Duration: 29mins
  • Age Recommendation: 8+
  • Genre: Musical Theatre
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“In a multicultural society, identity is complex. Below the surface, many slip into a depressing struggle to understand identity and purpose. In the world of Spirit, where ancestors and love provide inspiration and empowerment, individuals come to understand that individual identity includes freedom of choice. To know and understand the self through collective and individual expression, is true freedom. Desert Flowers, choreographed by Linda Vargas, is a reworking of the much-acclaimed 2004 production of the same name for the 35 year anniversary celebrations of the Linda Vargas Flamenco Dance Company in July 2018. Featuring special guests, including Flatfoot Dance Company, it brings together a range of dancers and musicians in a work that particularly locates Flamenco dancing and rhythm within the South African context. With a compelling score arranged and composed by Demi Fernandez, it features musicians Neil Gonsalves, Martin Sigamoney and Bryan Stone.

This video is presented in aid of raising funds for our home province of KZN Dance Teachers who have (and will continue to have) their income affected by COVID-19.”

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PRODUCTION CREDITS

Choreographed by: Linda Vargas
Music Composed and Arranged by: Demi Fernandez

Dancers:
Linda Vargas
Linda Vargas Flamenco Dance Company
Flatfoot Dance Company
Kevin Ellis
Senta Duffield
Katherine Anderson
Minette De Klerk Dance Academy
Savana Perry

Musicians:
Demi Fernandez (Guitar and Vocals)
Neil Gonsalves (Piano)
Bryan Stone (Percussion)
Martin Sigamoney (Saxaphone)
Production Credits:

Videography: Doro-ella & Trevor Films
Sound Design and Operation: Megan Levy
Stage Manager: Romi Schumann
Lighting Design: Wesley Maherry
Lighting Operation: Clare Craighead
Followspot Operator: Lisa Goldstone and Trevor Kubheka

Filmed live at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in July 2018 as part of the Linda Vargas Flamenco Dance Company’s 35 Year Anniversary Gala Performance “Vida Flamenco” with support from the Spanish Embassy of South Africa & The KwaZulu-Natal Performing Arts Trust.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Linda Vargas has performed for SABCTV, the Spanish Embassy in SA, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and been invited numerous times to perform as guest artist globally. She has choreographed various opera productions including, La Traviata and Carmen as well as her critically acclaimed “Desert Flowers” (2004). Recently Linda has explored the fusion of flamenco with Indian, African, Brazilian, Celtic, and Jazz musical genres and has presented numerous productions. She co-founded the international flamenco dance organization Alianza Flamenca in 1996 and is a member of its Board of Directors and Examiners. She facilitates corporate and educational workshops, performs, teaches and examines dance all over the world. Her qualifications include: Enrico Cecchetti Final Diploma: ISTD London (dance performance) and Licentiate Teachers: ISTD London Cecchetti Method (classical dance). She lectured at UKZN for over 8 years and currently lectures social cohesion and diversity at DUT. She is the founder and director of STAMP Dance and her educational workshops and performances at schools promote a better understanding of dance and culture.

Demi Fernandez is a Flamenco guitar maestro who was born in Brazil to Spanish Parents and spent many years living and performing in Flamenco Tablaos in Spain. He has also appeared as leading flamenco guitarist with numerous South African and international Spanish Dance Companies. He lectures music at UKZN and has composed musical scores for several SABC TV productions and also appeared in numerous productions including “Guitars for Africa” in Durban and at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival.”