Flamenco comes to Bundaberg

SPRING will come to Bundaberg a couple of weeks early with Flamenco Fire: Primavera Mia – an extravagant display of the traditional Spanish dance.

The show, which is touring the state, evokes images of Spanish fiestas and celebrates the birth of spring and new life.

Dancer Sebastian Sanchez, who trained at flamenco academies in Spain, said the show became more fitting as they weather turned warmer.

“There will be lots of bright colours and partner dancers,” he said.

“It’s all so vivid and lively.”

Sanchez, originally from Brisbane and the son of Spanish immigrant parents, said it was not until his mid-20s that he discovered a passion for the traditional dance.

“I saw flamenco one day at a festival and I wanted to start learning,” he said.

“About four or five years ago I gave up my job and travelled to Spain to study at the academy.”

Sanchez now dances professionally – a world away from his previous career as an IT consultant.

“What I really like (about flamenco) is how you can express your personality,” he said.

“Flamenco is not quite as rigid as some of the other dances.”

Sanchez said he also liked how flamenco was accepting of all skill levels.

“But if you want to get really good, it’s best to go to the academies in Spain,” he said.

Flamenco Fire: Primavera Mia has been brought to Bundaberg with the help of Artour and the Bundaberg Arts and Cultural Foundation.

“Our foundation wants to keep attracting performing arts of this standard to the region, and we want the community to show its support and desire to keep performances of this nature visiting Bundaberg,” foundation chairman Steve Low said.

Flamenco Fire: Primavera Mia will be on show at the Moncrieff Theatre next Wednesday from 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from the venue.

Find out what's happening in the Bundaberg region with What's On in Thursday's NewsMail.



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