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Flamenco, Performance and Poetry

October 20, 2018 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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Daily until October 20, 2018
A Traditional Flamenco Performance with Lindsey Bourassa (dance), Barbara Martinez (song) and Cristian Puig (guitar)


Flamenco artists Lindsey Bourassa (dance), Bárbara Martínez (song) and Cristian Puig (guitar) will perform traditional flamenco pieces that showcase the integration of dance, song and guitar through flamenco styles such as Caña, Alegrias, Tientos and more. Their performance will highlight the cante (song) as the oldest and highest form within flamenco, to which all other elements respond, forming the foundation for the emotive quality of flamenco’s 50+ styles. Flamenco verses can be understood as short poems that reflect the history, society and geography of the Spanish-Romani-Flamenco culture, as well as Spain and in particular Andalusia. Verses performed during the show will be printed and translated for the audience to highlight this vital and poetic element and its influence on the story unfolding in the dance and music. 

About the Artists:

Based in Portland, Maine, Lindsey Bourassa is a contemporary flamenco dancer, choreographer, creative writer, and the founding-director of Bourassa Dance Studio of Portland, Maine, where she teaches Flamenco Arts. She has performed and taught in both Spain and the United States.

In her artistic work, Lindsey creates original dance pieces and performances that illustrate multifaceted storytelling through the unique blend of flamenco and contemporary dance, often woven together with creative prose. Lindsey strives to create conceptual, innovative dance works that honor dance as an empowering and expressive language. Lindsey is the recipient of the 2018 New England Dance Fund, New England Foundation for the Arts; 2017 Continuing Education Grant, New Ventures Maine; 2016 Project Grant, Maine Arts Commission; 2013 Visibility Grant, Maine Arts Commission; 2011 Good Idea Grant, Maine Arts Commission.​

Bárbara Martínez grew up performing in New York City. Originally from Venezuela, she comes from a lineage of Argentinian tango singers, including her grandmother Morenita Rey and great-aunt Libertad Lamarque. For almost 20 years Bárbara has worked as a dancer and singer with several flamenco dance companies, as well as productions of Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera, where she sang as a child.

In 2010, Barbara performed to a sold out house at Carnegie Hall/Weill, singing an eclectic repertoire of flamenco, Latin and world music with a magnificent group of musicians. She has appeared in the documentary “Sobre Las Olas – A Story of Flamenco in the U.S.” by Carolina Loyola-Garcia and the photography exhibit entitled “100 Years of Flamenco in New York” at the NY Performing Arts Library.

Cristian Puig was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Son of Gloria Monreal, Flamenco singer and Pablo Puig, Flamenco guitarist. When he was 19 years old, Cristian began his studies in classical guitar at the conservatory of Manuel de Falla as well as flamenco guitar with his father. Soon he took classes in flamenco guitar with Quique de Cordoba and furthered his studies in jazz, bosa nova and contemporary music with various teachers. He has been self-taught ever since, using his musical influences and inspirations as his guide. Cristian continues to work as a soloist, composes music for flamenco companies and offers private instruction. He also works as a flamenco singer, interpreting the traditional and modern flamenco styles.

Cristian is currently working on different projects, finishing the new CD Como?, a flamenco traditional and fusion with jazz. Cristian composed recorded and acted on the film “The Last Quartet”.

Made possible with support from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Arts Commission


October 20, 2018
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM