FabCollab presents a rare all-woman flamenco gala, featuring the internationally renowned dancer Irene La Sentío (Seville), celebrated guitarist Antonia Jiménez,(Madrid), spectacular percussionist Nasrine Rahmani (Madrid), and singing sensation Laura Marchal (Barcelona), along with Toronto-based artists dancer Lia Grainger, singer Tamar Ilana, and dancer Virginia Castro (Cordoba). It promises to be a powerful performance of vibrant new collaborative creations that pay homage to the women who have inspired these incredible artists.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Irene La Sentío
Flamenco is a necessity to Irene La Sentío; it is the only possible way of communicating in the most honest way. Irene discovered her passion at 13 and flamenco has not left her side since. She was acquainted to the “baile” (dance) thanks to Juan de los Reyes and Juana Amaya; she then continued her training with the famous Antonio Canales, la Familia Farruco and Fuensanta La Moneta.
Antonia Jiménez is considered by many to be the most important woman flamenco guitarist and composer of her generation. She was born in El Puerto de Santa María and studied guitar with Antonia Villar from a young age. Jiménez has accompanied many of Spain’s most renowned singers, including Carmen Linares and Juan Pinilla and dancers including Merche Esmeralda, Olga Pericet, Rocío Molina, Manuel Liñán and Belén Maya.
Laura took her first steps as a professional flamenco singer in Seville, where she lived for eight years and trained under renowned teachers, including Manuel Vera “Quincalla” and Miguel Ortega. She earned a music degree from the Conservatorio Profesional Cristóbal de Morales, a music teaching degree from the Magisterio en la Universidad de Sevilla, and her higher education in music, at the ESMUC in Barcelona.
Born in Australia to a Mauritian mother and Iranian father, and after more than 20 years as a professional percussionist and 15 years residing in Madrid, Nasrine Rahmani has become the main reference for female Flamenco percussionists and is recognized for her delicate and tasteful accompaniment and surprising strength as a soloist.
Born in Vancouver, Lia Grainger began her flamenco dance training in 2002, studying with renowned local maestros Oscar Nieto and Kasandra “La China.” She cut her teeth performing at local flamenco tablao Kino Cafe and with Vancouver’s Mozaico Flamenco Dance Theatre, before relocating to Toronto and then Seville, Spain, to devote herself full-time to flamenco dance.
Tamar is a Toronto-born flamenco dancer and multilingual singer. She grew up on stage since the age of four with her ethnomusicologist mother Dr Judith Cohen, and has lived in Ibiza, Barcelona, Paris and Seville. At age 7, she began studying Flamenco dance with Toronto’s own Esmeralda Enrique with whom she later sang in her company and taught at her Academy.
Virginia started her Flamenco dance training at the age of five in Córdoba at Nieves Camacho dance school. She studied at a variety of Córdoba dance academies and in 2008 moved to Málaga where she studied during four years at the Angel Pericet Conservatorio Superior de Danza de Málaga and received a bachelor’s degree in Flamenco Dance Pedagogy.