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Bandaluzia Flamenco with Guests from Spain

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Very few dance styles are as mysterious or seductive as flamenco.

Even historians debate its exact origins, but they concur a melange of Arab, Jewish, native Andalusian and gypsy influence helped refine what we know as flamenco today.

Jessica Statham and Damian Wright are two unlikely Australian names popularising flamenco music and dance, steeped in a rich cultural and Spanish identity.

Wright's deep interest in flamenco over the years has taken him to Spain to master the flamenco guitar, which has led him to perform as a successful soloist and in an ensemble across Australia, as well as teach the skills to the next generation of flamenco aficionados.

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Bandaluzia will perform at Venue 505.

'In flamenco, it's crucial to understand the traditions, so I'm always feeding from that source though at the same time, acknowledging and expressing what moves me in music in the broader sense of the word, and if people connect with that, then it works,' he says.

At 13, Statham fell in love with flamenco, which she describes as a dance that focuses on perfection.

A visit to Spain turned into five years where she also learned how to refine her craft. At the graceful twirl of hands, and rhythmic stomping of her heels, she has since hypnotically converted a flamenco-curios nation, one performance at a time.

And as Wright strums a distinguishable percussive sound on the flamenco guitar, a cameo of instrumentalists and dancers direct from Spain will join them. Hold a glass of sangria in one hand and let the other tap away to the enigmatic beat.

What Wright and Statham bring is not only a breathtaking theatrical performance, it's also a ticket to a rare and emotional experience at the foothills of Andalusia.
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Why? Enigmatic, mysterious flamenco
When: 18 -19 March 2016
Where: Venue 505, 280 Cleveland Street Surry Hills
Cost: From $36
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