Las Sombras is a Vancouver based flamenco ensemble that plays with the joyfully light and dark weighted aspects of flamenco song, guitar and dance. Their workshops are interactive, performative, and educational, with the intention of sharing flamenco's vast history with young audiences in hope that an understanding and appreciation for flamenco music and culture can be enjoyed, appreciated, and continue to flourish. Las Sombras Flamenco Ensemble is made up of the Vancouver based dancers and teachers Sydney Cochrane and Michelle Harding, the melodies of accomplished and well-known flamenco guitarist Peter Mole, and the magical eastern vocal stylings of Farnaz Ohadi.
NEW ARTIST: Availible 2019-2020 School Year
Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 45 mins.
Tech Requirements: Projector
Fee Range: $945 - $1245 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
Flamenco is not only a cultural art form, it is a way of life. The flamenco journey started long ago, traveling from land to land the Roma people were constant outsiders. Dancers and Flamenco instructors Michelle and Sydney will travel with you through various countries and cultures, discovering what influenced the development of Flamenco, and how it came to settle and thrive in southern Spain. Through performative dance, guitar, and song we start to explore each emotion that lives within the Flamenco palos (songs), and find how we can appreciate these emotions within our own cultures. We discover how we can take the lessons learned from Flamenco and see how they teach us about ourselves and those around us. Students and teachers are invited to participate in learning some palmas (rhythmic hand clapping) and cante (singing). We then venture into Flamenco's future, as the art becomes progressive and contemporary, and discover how even within its rigid structure, there is a style of Flamenco for every body. Students and teachers are invited to learn some dance moves! Fin de Fiesta! Every flamenco juerga (party) closes with a "Buleria", and this is the time for participants to put together everything they've learned throughout this journey with one up tempo song and dance! From here, the journey is left open - there is no ending, only inspiration and thoughts of what's still to come. We hope to leave audiences thinking, and excited to explore this world further.