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Flamenco Syndrome Film Showing

September 27, 2019
6:30 Doors
7pm Film (8pm Q&A via Skype with filmmaker)
Tickets $5.00
Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

Passion for flamenco dance takes Indian-American filmmaker Bijoyini Chatterjee to Jerez, Spain. Encounters blossom into friendships as the filmmaker tries to understand the “Flamenco Syndrome”; the inexplicable seduction of flamenco song and the addiction to flamenco dance. As the music seeps into her pores, the filmmaker finds herself profoundly transformed by the songs, the dance, the people, and the landscapes. The film reflects on how to sing and dance to the songs of others and in the process reveal one’s essence.

Director Notes:

I had been studying Flamenco dance in the USA for several years before I was finally able to travel to Jerez (Spain) in 2009.

I was completely unprepared for how much in love I would fall with the gypsy culture, the flamenco culture of Jerez and its surrounding towns. It was in this region where the itinerant musicians, who left India 1000 years ago, settled down after centuries of migration in Central Asia and Europe. Their encounter with this foreign soil was culturally explosive, giving birth to the culture we know as Flamenco!

I had the great honor to be welcomed in the Andalusian homes and to establish authentic friendships with families like Miguel’s. This unique access inspired me to film alone and shoot with a small video camera instead of my professional one. Thus, the cinematography of Flamenco Syndrome is organic and spontaneous, resulting in an intimate and sincere film.

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Performances Enjoy a flamenco 'cuadro' performance including dancing, singing, guitar (and percussion if you'd like) and/or background guitar music to create a Spanish ambiance while your guests mingle. We are happy to work with you to cater to the specific needs of your event.

Performance Workshops Want to watch and do flamenco? Performance workshops include a lively performance/demo followed by a workshop where guests have an opportunity to learn basic flamenco dance moves and palmas (rhythmic hand clapping). Then, you and your guests may dance and play palmas with the group. This format allows you and your guests of all ages to truly experience flamenco and is guaranteed to add lots of laughter and fun to your event.

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