Flamenco Íntimo is more than a show | Culture & Leisure

Julia Chacón will take the stage at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts every Friday and Saturday this month, sporting vibrant attire, dancing to intricate and moving music and carrying a heavy heart.

This year, “Flamenco Íntimo” – dedicated to Chacón’s aunt Lucy Vigil, who recently passed away after a six-year battle with cancer – will explore love and loss.

“This particular show has an arc that’s somewhat built around my aunt’s experience,” Chacón said. “It follows a connecting arc where the first half is about connection, celebration and joy – all things beautiful and light – then the second act explores moments of isolation.”

For someone who has been dancing since the age of 3 – and who started dancing flamenco more than 25 years ago – Chacón said the dance form has become therapy for her.

The highly expressive Spanish dance form is characterized by clapping, percussive footwork, intricate hand, arm, and body movements, and is usually accompanied by a singer and guitarist.

“Flamenco, in every performance I’ve done in my life…has a way of being kind of a place of solace for the artists performing it and I think that’s inherent in the form. “, she said.

This show will be even more therapeutic for Chacón as she has dedicated the past six years to developing the arc of the show.

“My aunt had been suffering for over six years and I had also lost my father, so the relationship is there,” she said. “It unearthed an older arc and often in my choreographic expressions because flamenco is more abstract and explores broader genres of emotion.

“This particular arc is built on a sort of exploitation of those poignant, salient moments and moments that make up our lives.”

Chacón also sees this show as an opportunity to explore the roots of flamenco dancing and the different styles that dancing lends itself to.

“Soleares is a song form that explores loneliness and Alegrías is a song form that explores joy. Soledad is the Spanish word for loneliness and valegría is the word for joy, so they fit perfectly into certain categories or emotional expressions,” Chacón said, adding:

“The reason is that when people gathered to perform flamenco socially, it was a form through which they expressed their anguish in their personal life experience in the community because it formed in a place where people lived in very close quarters and they would come out to the patio and play music together.

Chacón will be joined by singer-guitarist Gaetano, guitarists Misael Barraza Diaz, flautist Max Perrault and fellow dancer Martin Gaxiola – whom Chacón has worked with for more than two decades.

They will perform several new numbers as well as a modified version of a number that some fans might recognize from performances from last year.

“All the different song forms are traditional and there will be improvisation on some solos in the show,” Chacón said. “However, there is a piece that I repeat from last year, but it was created around what my aunt was going through and also explored kind of her situation in parallel with what I had been through with my father. ”

Due to the fascinating nature of her story, Chacón is thrilled to share her experiences at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

“Fans can expect an emotional journey and they can expect to be taken to a whole different way of experiencing the space around them through the sounds of guitar as well as singing,” he said. she stated.

She added that the overall performance “is so soulful and has such enormous depth and range” and that these ranges range from “a very happy, festive sound to deeply, deeply, deeply sad, the sounds of the percussion”.

“It kind of permeates the sensory experience,” she added.

If you are going to:

What: Flamenco Intimo

When: 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays starting Friday, October 7.

Where: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 7380 E. Second St.

Cost: $30.50

Info: scottsdalearts.org

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