2013 Mis Hermanas Western Canada Tour

MIS HERMANAS: THICKER THAN WATER, MY SISTERS AND I
MARCH – APRIL 2013  TOUR
The Port Theatre, Nanaimo, BC on Saturday March 23
The Act, Maple Ridge, BC on Friday April 5
The Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver, BC on Saturday April 6
Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon on Tuesday April 9
Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna, BC on Thursday April 11
Kicking Horse Culture, Golden, BC on Saturday April 13

Mis Hermanas tells the personal story and recalls the memories of Rosario Ancer growing up in Mexico, her dreams of becoming a dancer, her journey to Spain and her arrival to Vancouver, Canada. In Monterrey, Mexico seven sisters get together every Tuesday for coffee – only one left home to pursue her dreams of becoming a dancer. She now wants to tell you her story before the west coast rains wash away her memories.

This is a personal story, but a story that in Canada – a land of immigrants – could be anybody’s story.  Through narrative, dance, sound effects, stills and video projections, the audience will be taken on a journey from Mexico to Spain and from Spain to Canada. Flamenco Rosario is breaking new and exciting ground: recreating a profile of each sister through the magic of a child’s memory, through music and dance and exploring the journey to other countries, cultures and times.

Rosario Ancer created the narrative under the mentorship of Touchstone Theatre’s Artistic Director and Dramaturge Katrina Dunn. Show creator Rosario Ancer will participate with seven other flamenco dancers/choreographers in this collaborative project: Fiona Malena from Calgary, Juliana Pulford from Ottawa, Katherine Oliveri from Montréal, Christina Tremblay from Chicoutimi, Marién Luévano Russek from Mexico along with Flamenco Rosario’s own dancers/choreographers: Melanie Meyers and Deborah Dawson. Musical Director and flamenco master Victor Kolstee composed and arranged the music to accomplish the choreographic vision and will direct a team of musicians including; guitarist Miguel Ramos and Gypsy singer Angelita la del Lito, who are both from Spain and percussionist Alvaro Rubio from Mexico. Gerald King’s magical lighting design and Tim Matheson’s projections will support the choreography and narrative of the story, as well as sets and costumes that reflect the era.

Mis Hermanas, which received critical acclaim when it premiered in 2008 won the 2009 Isadora Award for Excellence in Choreography, toured Mexico in 2010 and was recently selected for the Made in BC’s 2012-2013 season of contemporary dance. This upcoming Spring, Mis Hermanas will tour to venues in Nanaimo, Maple Ridge, Whitehorse, Kelowna, Golden, Maple Ridge and Vancouver. 

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