Festival of Jerez February 2016

XX Festival de Jerez was my first. An incredible experience to see the best, many of my favourites live in one place, Rocio Molina, Eva Yerbabuena, Dorantes, Marco Flores.

The flamenco community was evident. From around the world people gathered in the theatre lobby of Teatro Villa Marta and after in bars and streets and later Sala Paul for more smaller concerts of equally world-class artists. I met some Aussies from Brisbane and Perth who I’d never got to meet before, ran into some Los Angeleans who I hadn’t seen for twenty five years and met new people that quickly became friends as we picked up conversations about this show or that as each night rolled along.

I took class local teacher and dancer, Chiqui de Jerez. It was a good class with guitar and singer on the final day. Diario de Jerez, the daily paper for the region was there to critique each show and present each day a new flamenco of the world. When they showed up at Chiqui’s studio one day, she asked me to be the one…!











‘FORGE’ contemporary flamenco duet in ‘Dance Bites’ 5-7 May

I am creating an exciting new contemporary flamenco dance work called FORGE with composer-pianist, Amanda Handel. FORGE will premiere as part of a double bill with Compania Pepa Molina and her new work Bush Bailando at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta from 5-7 May 2016.

This is the first time that TWO locally produced flamenco shows have been featured as part of a contemporary dance program in Australia, so it is an exciting opportunity for us to showcase our work in an umbrella season and shift perceptions of flamenco as a folkloric form to one of modern relevance and its impact in the 21st century.

Our campaign launch
The project is currently unfunded so we are running a Pozible campaign, Flamenco NOW  to raise funds to pay the artist fees for the week of performances and we are seeking your support. There are some great rewards including tickets to see the show, beautiful flamenco dresses
and accessories, Amanda’s CDs, workshops with Pepa or myself and the chance to see Diego El Cigala live in Sydney in March and ‘Burn The Floor’ if you donate in the first week of the campaign.  Read more about our story and the rewards here.

POZIBLE CAMPAIGN – http://www.pozible.com/project/203165
Doubling our money with your help  🙂
Creative Partnerships Australia has approved our campaign for MATCH funds as long as we raise our target of $7800, they’ll match it!   So please donate if you can – anything small, large and even foreign currency is appreciated and a great support in helping us to double our money and cover the essential wages and costs.

Stay in touch
You can stay in touch with FLAMENCO NOW by joining our Facebook event page where we will post regular updates on the Pozible campaign, fun secrets on our creative teams, more goodies and the art of flamenco itself.

Flamenco NOW Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/211590095847874/

If crowdfunding campaigns aren’t your thing, then we’d be equally happy if you simply came to the show in May and brought a friend. All ticket-holders have access to the closing night post-show Fiesta! in the courtyard on Saturday 7 May – a fun reward in itself!

Tickets and Info
If you require further information, don’t hesitate to contact me. You can also contact our Producer, Anne-Louise Rentell on arentell@bigpond.com or 0419 692 667.

The season closes with a post-show FIESTA on Saturday, 7 May – book your tickets to the show and come and join in the dancing. Olé!

TICKETS can be purchased here: https://riversideparramatta.com.au/show/forge-bush-bailando/

‘Speak Local’ at Critical Path

‘Speak Local’ was a unique showcase of ten NSW artists at Critical Path co-curated by Margie Medlin and myself. The program cartier bracelet of anastasia steele quotes
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Asian Dance in Singapore 2015

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Backstage with Akram Khan and World Dance Alliance colleagues at ‘Torobaka’.

Singapore artistic exchange

I am heading to Singapore in 2 weeks!!  Beginning an artistic exchange with Maya Dance Theatre and introducing some choreographic methodologies to their company and local dancers plus seeing lots of dance shows by local and Asian companies and indy artists.

I’ll also be co-presenting a performative paper “Australian diversity and Asian Body Culture: Singapore-Australia Collaboration” with Kavitha Krishnan, Artisitic Director of Maya Dance Theatre at World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific Dance Bridge to springboard our new collaboration. Both these 2015 projects are supported through Arts NSW Artists Support.

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¡Pop Up Flamenco! Parramasala + Parramatta Lanes Show

Flamenco is universal. ¡Pop Up Flamenco! is one-of-a-kind in Parramasala’s spicy celebration of cultures with 70+ dancers of all kinds from Parramatta to Bondi and Katoomba coming together for a fiery, passionate and proud flamenco number!

Prince Alfred Square
Sunday 23th October 2015  1:40pm – 2:00pm

I will also perform at Parramatta Lanes on Thursday, 8th October at 8pm with Flamenco Red dancers.  Join us afterwards to learn the routine or just watch the rehearsal!

¡Pop Up Flamenco! FREE Workshop at Parramatta Lanes
Thursday 8 October 2015  8.30-9.30pm
Jubilee Hall, Lower level, Parramatta Town Hall

¡Pop Up Flamenco!  is produced by Theatre of Rhythm and Dance.

Huge thanks to our partners Ruchi Sanghi Dance School, Hathor Dance School and El Agua Flamenco and of course Parramasala and Parramatta Lanes!


Self Portrait in development

Self Portrait is a show that asks a lot of questions about identity ….. Do we need it? Does identity have an identity…? How does it shiff and shape us?

I am working with theatre-maker Anne-Louise Rentell as director on this new solo work in September and we’re developing the ‘script’ before any choreogrphy or music which is a big departure from the last decade of previous works, using rhythm and live music in relationship to dance.

Massive thanks to Ausdance DAIR and ReadyMade Studios and Merrigong Theatre Co. for their generous support with stuido space.



Flamenco Bondi Junction to Blue Mountains

Teaching lots lately, with more students enticed into flamenco. Perfect for beginners or  those wanting to get back to training and learn short phrases exploring expression and movement qualities.

Description: The workshops infuse exhilarating footwork rhythms and upper body dynamics, use of skirt and a short phrase exploring feeling and expressive movement qualities.  Teaching focuses on alignment and safe dance practice; musicality and rhythm based techniques and a contemporary approach to understanding flamenco art.

What to wear: Skirt or loose pants and dance shoes with a heel; Character, Cuban, tap or sneakers.

Bondi Junction

Mondays weekly  7.15-9.45PM  

Expression Dance School, Lower Lvl, 51-53 Spring Street, Bondi Junction

Cost: $25 single class / $110 for 5 pack / $200 10 pack

Bookings for Bondi Junction http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=134930

Katoomba, Blue Mountains

Saturdays monthly 11.30 am – 1.30pm

27 June / 25 July / 22 August / 19 Sept 2015

Masonic Hall, Cnr of Civic Place & Station St, Katoomba

Cost: $45 single class / $160 – 4 workshop series.

Bookings for Blue Mountains: http://www.trybooking.com/139825



Travelling art: translations in the making

I’ll be talking about the making of ‘Mother Tongue‘ at new arts symposium on August 2nd. Are you Listening ? Social thinkers, festival directors, producers, event organizers, artists, dancers, musicians and community leaders and members in Sydney ?

Come Engage and Share at the symposium – Traveling Art : Translations in the Making

Presided over by Associate Professor Kalpana Ram, Department of Anthropology, Director of India Research Centre, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University and Dr Shanti Raman, Pediatrician Western Sydney Community Health, Bharathanatyam dancer and Dance Enthusiast.

Date : Sunday 2 August 2015.

Time : 2:00pm to 5:00pm with a short interval.

Where: Information Cultural Exchange

8 Victoria Road Parramatta NSW 2150 T: [02] 9897 5744

Admission Fee: $10 per person  email sydhwaney@gmail.com to confirm your reservation

Purpose: To bring artists together in the region and beyond to speak and validate their creative thoughts in a shared setting.

Artists are constantly traveling today in the age of Globalisation. New paradigms in the field of theatre, dance, film, photography, sculpture and painting are constantly emerging and evolving in the blink of an eye.

What do these new paradigms create within us? Do they complicate our associations with the past practices? Do they supersede the notions of the past? Or do they dovetail our thoughts of the past with the present and help artists to speak in different tongues both local and global ?

Also included in the presentation will be discussions on how art can help with addressing modern medical, social and socio-economic issues such as, racial discrimination, healthy healing, domestic violence, climate change and more?

Come and enjoy a day of sharing , a day of exchange of dialogues , a need for discussion, a purpose to foreground our future artistic collaborations and through performance express the under girded quest for an identity in the world at large.

All participating members shown below will use visual and creative ways to present for half an hour.

Produced by Seva International – Social Cohesion in Diversity.  Assisted by Sydhwaney Productions.

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¡Flamenco May! bondi to blue mountains

Cielo Vivo show, weekly flamenco classes starting May 11 and a workshop in Katoomba!


Cielo Vivo Sat 23 May Wentworth Falls.
Flamenco workshop Sat 23 May Katoomba.
Weekly class 11 May-10 Aug Bondi Junction.

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Cielo Vivo is the sound of beautiful Sephardi songs, electric flamenco dance and world rhythms entwined in the poetry of Garcia Lorca. Inspired by proud cultures that express life as a celebration of survival. Cielo Vivo draw from their collective Sephardi, Arabic,Turkish and Spanish ancestries with bold ideas from a contemporary Australian vantage. Artists Dahlia Dior – Sephardi singer, Peter Kennard – multi instrumentalist, Robin Morgan – guitar and Annalouise Paul contemporary-flamenco dancer.

Presented by Music Hunter Projects Music Hunter Projects

Cielo Vivo Show
Saturday 23rd May 2015
Tickets $25/$30/$20 groups (6 or more)
Kindlehill Performance Space
8 Lake St Wentworth Falls
Tickets: http://www.trybooking.com/127166
Video:  https://vimeo.com/112372013 

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Perfect for beginners or intermediate. Learn exhilarating rhythms, footwork, skirt, arms and
a short phrase exploring feeling and expressive movement qualities.Teaching focuses on alignment and safe dance practice; musicality, rhythm-based technique and a contemporary approach to flamenco art. What to wear : Skirt or loose pants, dance shoes with a heel; Cuban, character, tap or sneakers.

Weekly Class – Bondi Junction
Mondays 11 May – 10 August 2015
7.45- 9.15pm
Classes $25/$22/ $20  (5 pack or 10 pack discount)
Expression Dance School
Lower Level, 51-53 Spring Street, Bondi Junction
Class booking: http://www.trybooking.com/134930

Workshop – Katoomba, Blue Mountains
Saturday 23rd May 2015
$25 *
Masonic Hall, Cnr of Civic Place & Station St, Katoomba
Tickets: http://www.trybooking.com/132586

*Workshop participants attending the evening concert of Cielo Vivo will receive a $5 discount off their concert price at the door.