Yo soy tu mariposa blanca
This event is on July 23, 2021 at 7:00 pm
They say that when someone you love so deeply dies, they come back and communicate in symbolic ways. It could be a 10 cent coin, the numbers 11:11 or 3:33 which are angel numbers, if you believe. Yo soy tu mariposa blanca is based on an original poem written by Carmen Romero in three movements or phases; promise, tribute, and legacy.
Meet the artists:
Carmen Romero is a leading and award-winning established flamenco dance artist in Canada whose experience in performance, education, production and adjudication, affirms her position in the national and international dance scene. Born in Germany to a German Mother and an Andalusian father, she has immersed herself in the rich cultural melting pot of flamenco in a land far from the source. She has the innate ability for improvisation in the flamenco form, pushing the edge with confidence in her craft. Known also for her choreographic story-telling style, Carmen explores relationships and concepts in a manner that invites audiences into a visceral experience created on stage. She has received a Dora Nomination in 2003 for Best Choreography. She is a recipient of the Chalmers Award for the K.M Hunter Emerging Artists Award as well as nominated for Muriel Sherrin Award for International Achievement in Dance in 2013 and 2021. She coached Latin Pop star “Shakira” in her song Gypsy for her 2010 Sale el Sol world tour. In 2000 Carmen represented Canada at the 9th Annual Certamen de Coreogrfia de Danza Espanola y Flamenco in Madrid and as a soloist at the International Castanet festival in Girona, Spain in 2014. Recently, the prestigious Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, produced “Porque/Why?.” on a digital platform during the Covid-19 pandemic. Porque is a collaboration between Carmen Romero and some of Spain’s illustrious award-winning artists, flamenco dancer Emilio Ochando and pianist Miriam Mendéz. This collaboration made its world premiere on youtube, November 28, 2021.
In creation Carmen seeks the paths less travelled and leans heavily on intuition as a guide to developing and idea, thought or experience. She sees dance as moving architecture. The body creating shapes in space and time. She is fascinated with how these shapes can make suggestions, provoke thought and cause some kind of experience on to both the artists and audience.
Carmen Romero is not afraid to explore beyond her comfort zones to create dance that is passionate and relevant.
Flamenco singer Gina Tantalo has been part of the Toronto Flamenco scene for many years.
She began her journey in flamenco through dance at Arte Flamenco Dance Company and school in Toronto. Gina, was known to sing traditional song amongst her Italian community. In particular she sang a soulful Tarantala. Her curiosity for cante flamenco led her to Compania Carmen Romero School of Flamenco dance Arts where she began to immerse herself in the cante flamenco. Soon she traveled to Spain, where she studied with flamenco singers that led her to develop a more profound voice. Since her return to Canada, Gina has sung for many cuadros and also sang in Compania Carmen Romero’s award-winning production CARMEN COMPLEX. Gina brings soul and depth the stage when she sings. Her voice is powerful and her performances are always emotional.
Benjamin Barrile: Flamenco Guitarist/Composer
Rooted in the traditions of flamenco, guitarist Benjamin Barrile prefers to speak through his instrument, expressing emotion without words. A remarkable soloist, Benjamin also excels as both accompanist and composer. His compositions are dynamic and progressive without straying too far from Spanish gypsy tradition that stretches back hundreds of years.
In 2000 Benjamin set off to Spain for the first time, a country that had long captivated his imagination, in search of flamenco and what would be the most significant journey of his life so far. He travelled to one of the major centres of flamenco in Spain today, Jerez de la Frontera, where he studied under many great maestros. Back home in Toronto, Benjamin attributes a significant portion of his flamenco guitar skills and compositional training to Miguel de la Bastide. In recent years, Benjamin has recorded for many artists, including Tamar Ilana & Ventanas, David Buchbinder, The Café Olé, and Gustaü & Puente del Diablo. In addition to leading his own project, Benjamin is also a resident guitarist at Toronto based Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company and for the past ten years musical director for Compañia Carmen Romero. Benjamin is also the recipient of two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Sound Design/Composition for Compañia Carmen Romero in the production JACINTO and the second one of which he shares with flamenco guitarist Caroline Planté. He also has a 2020 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year.
Benjamin’s debut album ‘Esperanto el Alba’ (‘Waiting for Dawn’) was released in 2020 and has been nominated for a CFMA award for instrumental soloist of the year. http://www.benjaminbarrile.com