Yo soy tu mariposa blanca

This event is on July 23, 2021 at 7:00 pm


Yo soy tu Mariposa Blanca was created during stage one lock down in Toronto. All creation and editing occured on zoom for the exception of filming. The music is a special arrangement created by Benjamin Barrille, myself – Carmen Romero and Stephanie Pedraza. Three different pieces were created: Tientos- Fatigas Grandes, Martinete-Sostenido and Sigueriyas-Alas. The first two were created exclusively for the festival and the siguiriyas is from Benjamin’s original recording of Vivir sin Vivir from his debut album Esperando el Alba. The choreographies are structured improvisation.Special credit is acknowledged in the siguiriyas recording citing collaborating artists “Chendy” León (percussion) and Carles Benavent (Bass). I am grateful for the monumental creative work that was done by all during this difficult time and for my brother Mario Romero, who had to shut down his plastic mold injection plant – Schnell Plastics to allow us to film.

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 myself. It is inspired by the legend of the white butterfly that has many different cultural significance. In this film the white butterfly can be anywhere at any time just like the spirit of our dearly departed. I was with my mom in her final moments of transition. It is a feeling that is always with me as is her spirit. To me butterflies are symbolic of transition/metamorphosis. I dedicate this film to my mother Ingrid de Romero.

Yo soy tu mariposa blanca. Pura, noble y hermosa.
Si me ves es porque quiero estar contigo.
Si me ves es porque te cuido.
Si me ves es porque te guío
Y con todas mis armas te protejo.

Como una espada de doble filo
Simbolizo la vida y la muerte.
Si algunas temen mi presencia,
Es por ser mensajera de la muerte.
Sin embargo, traigo abundancia,
libertad y buena suerte.

Yo soy tu mariposa blanca. Pura, noble y hermosa.
Si me ves es porque estoy contigo.
Si me ves es porque te amo.
Si me ves es porque viajamos juntos
Y jamas creas que nuestro amor nunca a sido.

English

I am your white butterfly.
Pure, noble and beautiful.
If you see me it is because I want to be with you. If you see me it is because I take care of you.
If you see me it is because I guide you
And with all my weapons I protect you.

Like a double edged sword I symbolize life and death.
If some fear my presence, It is because I am a messenger of death.
Yet I bring abundance, freedom and good luck.

I am your white butterfly.
Pure, noble and beautiful.
If you see me it is because I am with you.
If you see me it is because I love you.
If you see me it’s because we travel together And never believe that our love has never been.

Carmen Romero

Meet the artists:

Carmen Romero:
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.

Stephanie Pedraza is a unique combination of singer, songwriter, flamenco singer/dancer and instructor.
Her original musical compositions are an honest reflection of her rich Latin American background, of her experience growing up in Cali-Colombia and a blend of traditional Latin rhythms, roots, pop and English and Spanish lyrics.
Over the past two decades, Stephanie has toured extensively and taught workshops across Canada and internationally in countries such as Mexico, Spain, Colombia, Guatemala and USA.

Among her numerous performances, some include: Flamencos por America (Bogota, Colombia), Festival de Artes Escenicas del Gran Caribe (Cartagena, Colombia), Expolatino (Calgary), “Jacinto” (Toronto) and numerous shows throughout the years for the Vancouver, Victoria and Calgary International Flamenco Festivals.

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