As six voices fill the air with transcendent music, a lone female dancer beats staccato rhythms with her feet. Brilliant, determined, defiant--this is Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, 17th century Mexican nun, scholar, writer and advocate for women's education.
A'lante Flamenco brings Juana and her world to life through fiery Flamenco guitar, vocals, and dance, with the voices of the Texas Early Music Project adding Baroque choral works from Juana's era. Juana: First (I) Dream is inspired by Sor Juana's lifelong fight for knowledge, independence, and scholarship. Be prepared for a totally unique and immersive experience!
Juana raised her pen as a warrior against hypocrisy hundreds of years ago, but her words still sound as fresh and relevant as today's headlines. From her poems Silly Men (Hombres Necios), and First Dream (Primero Sueño), to her famous Response to Sister Filotea, Sor Juana defended herself and all women against sexism and repression, earning a reputation as the First Feminist of the Americas. Her words from 1691, "I don't study to be more intelligent, only to be less ignorant," should be required reading for today's leaders.
- Cost: $21.75
- Phone: (512) 474-5664
- Name: A'lante Flamenco
A’lante Flamenco Ensemble, based out of Austin, Texas, excites audiences with a blend of traditional and contemporary flamenco music and dance. A’lante Flamenco was formed in 2011 by Artistic Director/Choreographer Olivia Chacón and Music Director Isaí Chacón with the object of presenting flamenco to Texas and regional audiences in the freshest and most creative way possible. Since then A’lante Flamenco has grown in both size and vision, now incorporating 11 permanent members–7 dancers and 4 musicians–and producing popular traditional flamenco shows as well as innovative flamenco theater works incorporating multimedia and addressing relevant social issues. A’lante Flamenco’s work aims to reach audiences on a visceral level, provoking emotional responses through music and dance that crosses cultural and linguistic boundaries.
A’lante Flamenco’s productions have received acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Awards include the Austin Critics’ Table awards for Best Dancer 2012/2013 (Olivia Chacon in The Red Shoes), Best Dance Ensemble 2013/2014 (for Prophecies) and Best Dance Ensemble 2014/2015 (for Desplazados). The Red Shoes: A Flamenco Fairytale was also chosen as one of the “Best Dance Shows of 2012” by the San Antonio Express-News.
- Address: 701 W. Riverside Dr.
- City: Austin
- State: TX
- Zip: 78704