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Tarantella – Presented by Fiona Malena Flamenco.
July 19 @ 6:00 pmCAD 30 – CAD 35
Take in the sounds and movements of flamenco with a new interpretation of the Italian legend of the “Tarantella.” Originally rooted in pagan ritual and later becoming a dance to rid ones self of poison from a spider bite, artistic director and dancer Fiona Malena has adapted Tarantella into a flamenco performance with elements of its origins still peaking through. Joining Malena will be dancer Anastassiia La Musa, guitarist and singer Ricardo Sánchez and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Lewis.
Artistic director and dancer Fiona Malena (Berlin) joins forces with dancer Anastassiia La Musa (Calgary), guitarist/singer Ricardo Sánchez (Mexico City) and violinist/multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Lewis (Calgary) in this lively performance rich with spontaneous choreographic and musical interplay.
Based around the Italian legend of the “Tarantella,” which has pagan roots as a wild dance of worship dating back to the Cult of Dionysus, the Tarantella later emerged as a dance meant rid of the poison from the bite of a deadly spider. Movement began slowly and methodically, gradually building to a manic hysteria as the music progresses. The tarantella has since gone through many incarnations; as a graceful, stately dance as well being referenced in countless pieces of music, poetry, folk dance and compositions such as those by Chopin and Liszt.
Our version of Tarantella is a whirling, captivating Flamenco show, capturing glimpses of the Tarantella’s innate impulse to dance and hysterical malady. Embellished simple melodies and catchy rhythms merge into a festive celebration, rich with Mediterranean character.