Patricia Ibañez & Abel Harana
Saturday, September 26, 2015 | 8:00 pm
Hailing from Jeréz de la Frontera on the western coast of Andalusia, dancer and choreographer Patricia Ibañez is a luminary of contemporary flamenco. Over a twenty-year career she has shared the stage with the likes of Carmen Cortés, Eva Yerbabuena, and Farruquito while maintaining a prestigious dance academy in Jeréz, the center of Spanish flamenco. She and Abel Harana visit Reynolds Industries Theater with a performance of Ibañez’s dazzling new duet Memoria Antigua.
Memoria Antigua — for two dancers, two singers, and one guitarist — is flamenco at its finest, with lightning-fast footwork and the highest standard of “taste, technique, and agility” (La Voz Digital). For the musical repertoire, Ibañez reaches into secluded corners of Spain and recalls a number of songs that have long fallen into disuse, incuding the Seguiriya de Frijones from Jeréz and the Zángano from Puente Genil. A rare opportunity to witness flamenco directly from the source.