The foot-stomping romance and rhythm of Flamenco arrives

  • Tuesday, June 5, 2018 12:00pm
  • Arts
Savannah Fuentes
                                (COURTESY PHOTO)

Savannah Fuentes (COURTESY PHOTO)

A well-known Flamenco dancer, Savannah Fuentes, will bring her latest show, “Feria, an Evening of Flamenco,” to Vashon at 7:30 p.m. Sunday June 10, at the Vashon High School theater.

The concert is the fourth stop on a 23-date tour of Washington, Oregon and California.

Seattle critic Regina Hackett has Fuentes’ performances as “real flamenco, straight up and stunning.”

Fuentes, born in Seattle to parents of Puerto Rican and Irish ancestry, is a dancer and singer with strong links to Flamenco culture. She studies both baile (flamenco dance) and cante (flamenco singing) and has performed widely throughout the United States. She has also championed and produced more than 200 performances and workshops featuring other internationally-recognized Spanish Flamenco artists, including Jose Anillo, Saray Munoz, Jesus Montoya and Juanarito.

Her new show, “Feria,” draws its inspiration from a colorful, week-long festival of music, dance, food and wine held in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Spain. The fair generally begins two weeks after Easter.

On Vashon, Fuentes will perform with guitarist Pedro Cortes and singer/percussionist Jose Moreno.

Cortes, who comes from a family of Spanish guitarists, has toured professionally since the age of 17. He has written two books on Flamenco, “El Dron del Faraon” and “Cruzando el Charco,” published by the American Institute of Guitar, toured with Jose Greco and been a guest artist with the St. Louis Opera and the New York Grand Opera. He is also the artistic director of his own Flamenco group.

Moreno was born to famous flamenco artists Estrella Morena (dancer) and Pepe de Málaga (singer) and also began his career at an early age. He has performed with a host of revered Flameco artists at a wide range of prestigious venues including the Lincoln Theater in Miami, the Panama Jazz Festival and Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Ticket prices range from $15 to $33 and are on sale now at brownpapertickets.com and Vashon Bookshop.

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