$20 in advance/$23 at the door (adults)
$12 in advance/$15 at the door (kids 12 & under)
6pm doors/6:30pm showtime
Sachiko “La Chayí”, recipient of the 2017 McKnight Dancer Fellow, and international touring artist Xianix Barrera will share their inspirations and interpretations of the soulful art of Flamenco at Icehouse MPLS on August 13th. They will be joined by the sultry voice of Olivia Rojas from Phoenix and alongside Minneapolis' own guitarist Trevor May.
(Guest Flamenco dancer, New York City)
Xianix Barrera had her first exposure to dance and music as a child with studies in ballet, modern, jazz and percussion. Xianix began her formal studies in flamenco in New York City with Jorge Navarro, Nélida Tirado and Soledad Barrio. In Sevilla, she deepened her training with distinguished masters including Andres Peña, Concha Vargas, Patricia Guerrero and Carmen Ledesma among others. She has worked and performed with such prominent artists as Isabel Bayon, Ángel Muñoz, Soledad Barrio and Juan Ogalla and has taught master flamenco workshops for the Joyce Theater and New York City Center, respectively. She is a recipient of a coveted scholarship to attend Jacob Pillow's Cultural Traditions program led by Noche Flamenca. Since 2013 Xianix has toured internationally with Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca with their wildly successful production of Antigona, a flamenco adaptation of the Sophoclean tragedy. Most recently she performed in Sevilla, Abu Dhabi and Copenhagen alongside flamenco legend Jose Suarez “El Torombo”. She currently teaches flamenco dance to adults and children as a teaching artist for Ballet Hispanico, New York City Center and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana in New York.
Sachiko “La Chayí”:
(Flamenco dancer, Minneapolis, MN)
A native of Osaka, Japan, Sachiko “La Chayí” is a Twin Cities-based Flamenco dancer, teacher, choreographer and organizer. Besides her work as an independent artist, her current projects include directing Twin Cities Flamenco Collective. She has received recognitions and grants from Minnesota State Arts Board, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota SAGE Awards for Dance, and New York State Flamenco Certamen. Sachiko is the recipient of a 2017 McKnight Dancer Fellowship, administered by the Cowles Center and funded by the McKnight Foundation. Her dance and choreography have been commissioned and/or presented by The Walker Art Center, Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre, Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, The Southern Theater, and Hamline University. She was a resident artist of Zorongo Flamenco from 2003 to 2009. She lived and studied the art of Flamenco in Seville, Spain from 2010 to 2015 which became the foundation of her current dance and work. Besides her daily life surrounded by the culture of Flamenco in Seville, she owes her artistic foundation to the following incomparable artists and teachers (in alphabetical order); Juan del Gastor, Farruquito, Javier Heredia, Juan del Gastor, Luis Peña, Miguel Funi, Pilar Montoya Manzano “La Faraona”, and Susana Di Palma.
(Guest Flamenco singer, Phoenix, AZ)
Olivia Rojas began her professional career singing choral and Mexican rancheras. She began singing flamenco cante in 2004 and has toured throughout the United States with Calo Flamenco: Ballet de Martin Gaxiola and Chris Burton Jacome Flamenco Ensemble. She has had the honor of performing at the prestigious Tablao Flamenco Albuquerque pre-shows during the Albuquerque Flamenco Festival for the past two years and recently performed with Sachiko “La Chayí”, DanzArtsSD and La Juerga Flamenco ensemble. She has performed throughout the State of Arizona with Alma Performing Arts, Carlos Montufar - World Dance, Mosaico, Yumi La Rosa Ensemble, Flamenco del Pueblo Viejo and Inspiracion Flamenca. She is Co-Owner of Arizona based, Flamenco Por La Vida along with Angelina Ramirez and performs in various venues throughout the Valley and teaches weekly flamenco cante and communication classes.
(Flamenco guitarist, Minneapolis, MN)
Trevor May began his studies of flamenco in Seville, Spain. Studying at the “Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco” gave him a pure foundation of guitar accompaniment for flamenco singing and dance. For over 18 years he has been playing guitar as a professional around the Midwest, most notably with Zorongo Flamenco in the Twin Cities. He played as a principal guitarist in various flamenco theater productions including Deborah Elias Danza Española’s “Flamenco Pure & Strong”, “Las Flamencas”, and Anda Flamenco’s “Doña Quixote”. His passion has provided him the opportunity to play for many world-class flamenco artists such as the esteemed dancer Manolete. Mr. May now plays with a variety of artists in town to keep the tradition of flamenco alive for all audiences.