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First flamenco dance workshop
Published on: Sunday, July 16, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: Calling on all dancers, musicians and music enthusiasts not to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

For the first time, the 11th Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival is presenting a workshop by Origen, the famed Spanish Flamenco Ensemble.

It will take place on July 19 (Wednesday) at the Back Box KK (8th Floor, Suria Sabah) from 8pm to 9pm.

Sign up for a rare introduction to flamenco rhythms, structures and dance for beginners. Registration is free.

For more information, contact Roger at 012-8028095.

Flamenco dancing is a Spanish art form made up of three parts: guitar playing (guitarra), song (cante) and dance (baile).

It reportedly originated in the southern regions of Spain. It is said that originally, flamenco dancing was not set to music. It merely involved singing and clapping of hands called "toque de palmas".

Some flamenco dancing still follows ancient tradition but the use of guitars and other musical instruments has become more popular in modern flamenco.

The Flamenco Workshop is a prelude to the 11th edition of the Jazz Festival which is jointly organised by the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu and Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinaalu (SPArKS).

The Ensemble will perform on July 22 (Saturday) at the Covered Tennis Court at Sutera Harbour Resort from 7pm to 11pm.

Origen promises to take the public aboard a trip, a journey in life, the life of the artists, which is at the same time the living history of Flamenco.

It will be a concert of flamenco music combined with a dance structure on stage featuring flamenco dancers Cristina Carrasco and Javier Serrano, singers, flamenco guitarist Alberto Marin and a flutist.

The public will have a chance to watch some of the most characteristic flamenco styles such as Buleria (a fast flamenco dance), tango (ballroom dance), guajira (traditionally a woman's dance), taranta (spider dance), malaguena (traditional folk dance), jaleos (words of encouragement called out to the dancer, singer and guitarist) and rumba (a rhythmic dance with Spanish and African elements, originating in Cuba).

The jazz festival is held on two days - July 21 (Friday) and July 22 (Saturday).

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Masidi Manjun, is expected to attend the Friday show which will showcase local talents.

The main sponsor is Yayasan Sime Darby. Sabah Tourism Board is also sponsoring the event. - Mary Chin

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