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Out in the Tropics adds flamenco flair with ‘ToCaBa’

BY JUAN CARLOS PÉREZ-DUTHIE
ARTBURSTMIAMI.COM

Whether it’s castanets, polka-dot dresses or the dour faces as dancers stomp their feet, there are certain elements that have always been associated with flamenco dance and music. But especially in a contemporary context, flamenco can be surprisingly rich, complex and more varied than those traditional clichés.

South Florida audiences will have the opportunity to discover as much when three Spanish artists bring to the United States for the first time their new piece, ToCaBa, during the fifth season of Out in the Tropics, an annual gay-and-lesbian-oriented performance festival presented by Miami’s FUNDarte, which runs Thursday through Sunday.

“Without abandoning the essence of what flamenco is, ToCaBa takes flamenco’s traditional manifestations in dance, music and song, deconstructs them a bit, and presents a more revolutionary vision of this art form,” says Ever Chávez, executive director and founder of FUNDarte.

“It plays a bit with gender as well, and that’s why we decided to program it as part of Out in the Tropics, which features artists from the GLBTQ community, or works that have that sensibility,” says the Cuban producer and promoter.

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IF YOU GO

What: Out in the Tropics Festival

When: 7 p.m. Thursday – panel discussion and reception; Miami Beach LGBT Visitors’ Center, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; free

8:30 p.m. Friday – Sean Dorsey Dance Company; Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; $20 to $25 at 305-434-7091 or colonytheatremiamibeach.com.

8:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday – “ToCaBa“; Miami-Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black Box Theater, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami; $25 to $30, or $50 VIP; 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.

Info: (786) 343-1422 or fundarte.us.

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