Dance

Flamenco comes to Island schools

Posted October 19, 2006

Continuing their long-standing tradition of bringing the world to the Island, The Yard welcomes the ensemble of Bárbara Martínez Flamenco for its annual Multi-Cultural weeklong residency program.

From Monday, Oct. 23, to Friday, Oct. 27, the group will teach songs and dance of the Flamenco tradition in each of the Island's elementary schools. In addition, the group will perform in the back room of Lola's on Wednesday evening, Oct. 25, from 8 to 10:30 pm. There will be no cover charge, but there is a one menu item minimum for the event.

According to a press release from The Yard, Ms. Martínez, the artistic director of the group, is a singer and dancer for several Flamenco companies. She has done many performances, including Carmen and La Traviata with The Metropolitan Opera in the Zefferelli.

Also featured is guitarist Arturo Martinez, who received recognition in the New York Times for his original Flamenco compositions.

Considered the national music of Spain, Flamenco originated approximately 200 years ago in a small area of Andalucía, where the roots remain strong today. The three fundamental elements of Flamenco music are "el cante" (song), "el baile" (dance), and "la guitarra" (guitar). They are combined by different traditions and rules, and artists such as Ms. Martínez honor those traditions, yet push contemporary boundaries to create new sounds.

For more information, call 508-645-9662, or visit www.dancetheyard.org. The Multi-Cultural Residency program is partially sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Cultural Council.