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has a long and proud history of presenting Flamenco with its
associated dance company, Cancion Gitana, in venues of all types and sizes and for all types of events.
can provide performances for all sizes and types of
venue and all kinds of events. Performances can be as small and intimate as dancer and
guitarist for a wedding party, corporate events, product launches to full scale theatre shows
and outdoor festivals in front of thousands.
’s client portfolio includes BBC 1, ITV 1, Channel 4, BBC
Radio, Sadlers Wells, Glyndebourne Opera House, Sussex University, Buckingham University,
Portsmouth College, University College London, West Dean College, Goodwood House, Bedales
School, Schools – many - Secondary and Primary, The Womens Institute, Age Concern, WRVS,
Strikealight Arts, Roots Around The World and many more.
can provide the complete event package, everything needed for a
Flamenco performance of any size. We have sectional stages in various sizes, p.a. systems from 20 watts to
1,000 watts with all ancillaries, three mobile theatre lighting rigs with all controls, a dual projection
system, and either artist painted or theatre black backdrops.
presents Flamenco with its associated dance company Cancion
Gitana and its principal dancer Helena "La Leyenda". This International
company has toured the UK and Europe specialising in Flamenco dance theatre, presenting such well reviewed
shows such as Goya, Cafe de Chinitas, Casa de Bernarda Alba, Spanish Sketches, The Fire Shoes (a children’s
show) and, currently, Lament for Lorca, a biography of the tragic life of the Spanish poet.
Solo and small ensemble
Helena "La Leyenda" frequently performs at private parties, corporate events, in
clubs and restaurants and for weddings. She can create a performance to fit your requirements and
budget either as a solo performer or with one or more guitarists and dancers. These can be
straightforward performances or involve your guests in a beginner’s class and a competition; this
is very popular at weddings.
Cancion Gitana presents Lament for Lorca
The works of the legendary Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca remain popular
long after his brutal murder in 1936 by a Fascist gang in the opening weeks of a vicious civil war that was to tear
Spain asunder and begin a brutal 40 year dictatorship.
Lorca, fatefully, was in the wrong place at the wrong time, was of the wrong political views and
of the wrong sexuality. Spain in a bitter Civil War was a very bad place to be both a socialist and gay. Those
choices cost him his life.
Federico Garcia Lorca distilled into his works the very essence of Andalucia,
the searing heat, the riotous colours, the joys, the passions, the comedies and the tragedies.
Cancion Gitana portray Lorca’s extraordinary life and violent death, very close
friendships with the artists Bunuel, Dali and Picasso, his
fascination with Gypsy culture and his passionate interest in fiery Flamenco dance and song which led him to
organise, with composer Manuel de Falla, a competition in 1922 to find the best Flamenco singer in
Andalucia … a centenary recently celebrated across Spain.
Lament for Lorca is an all new reprise of the highly successful show
created by Flamenco dancer/choreographer Helena “La Leyenda” (Sadlers Wells, BBC TV, Channel 4)
and features an international company of Helena, Varina Verdin and Mirela
Giol, with poetic cameos by co-creator Madrid’s Rosario Serrano (Ballet Rambert, Duende
Flamenco Company, BBC TV), the ethereal voice of legendary Andalucian singer Fernando Reyes, the
passionate Flamenco guitar of Tomas de Cordoba and introducing new young dancer
Cancion Gitana have created a passionate and dramatic re-telling of the life
and death of an artist, a man destroyed by savage forces as the country he loved was torn apart by civil war.
In a 95 minute, 30 scene, spectacular with many costume changes, narrations, dramatised poetry,
slide projections, films and striking lighting, Cancion Gitana create Flamenco dance theatre of a kind very rarely
seen on UK stages.
Following recent performances we have received the following kind words:
Thanks to Duende Flamenco for “Lament for Lorca”
Brilliant matinée today
The beauty of Flamenco - the moves, the energy, the emotions.
How harmoniously, the movements merge, the sounds of the shoes,
the guitar, the movement of bodies.
The guitar! Oh my God, a light is lit that moves people to
dance flamenco with all their hearts.
The special language of the guitar and the sound of flamenco shoes.
Of course, flamenco without castanets is simply impossible.
Great addition to this art of dance.(Arte de baile)
Oh God, how many variations are used in this passionate dance:
fans, castanets, hats, bastons, mantones, etc.
and these objects are skillfully used
to emphasize the story of the dance.
Shoe heel strikes, it's like a heartbeat
Espana - Arte y Flamenco
Cancion Gitana is shortly to commence touring its brand new show Espana - Arte y
Flamenco and will be coming to a venue near you soon.
Espana – Arte y Flamenco vividly celebrates Spanish arts and culture from the
15th to the 20th century as we explore 500 years of an illustrious Golden Age of Spanish culture and history.
A celebration in Flamenco poetry, music, song and dance, Espana – Arte y
Flamenco reveals the very Soul of Spain, the true essence of a nation, the searing heat and riotous
colours, the joys and passions, the comedies and tragedies, with insightful poetry, stirring music, spectacular
dance and stunning paintings.
International Flamenco dance theatre company Cancion Gitana present their
dramatic dance theatre show Espana – Arte y Flamenco created by noted Flamenco dancer and
choreographer Helena “La Leyenda” (Sadlers Wells, BBC TV, Channel 4, etc), a jointly developed
concept with the legendary Flamenco singer and poetry specialist Rosario Serrano.
The 80 minute, 2 act, spectacular features an international company comprising stylish principal
dancer Helena “La Leyenda”, seasoned dancer Varina Verdin, the poetic and
narration skills of Rosario Serrano (Ballet Rambert, Duende Flamenco Company, BBC TV, etc), the
passionate guitar of Tomas de Cordoba, and the ethereal voice of the legendary Andalucian singer
Espana – Arte y Flamenco entertains with many costume changes, dramatised
poetry in Spanish and English – with surtitles – many projections of iconic Spanish paintings by artists as diverse
as El Greco to Goya, Murillo to Miro, Velasquez to Dali, and striking theatre lighting, Cancion
Gitana create Flamenco dance theatre performances of a kind rarely seen on UK stages.
Al-Andalus - The Flamenco Heart Of Spain
Al-Andalus journeys through the major Flamenco towns of Andalucia from the
tough gritty Cante Jondo Flamenco of mining towns Jaen and Linares via the rich Flamenco melting pot of Cordoba,
the gypsy caves of Granada’s Sacromonte, the forges and penas of Seville, the fertile Flamenco barrios of Jerez and
the cante chico of Malaga.
With the finest poetry, music, song and dance Al-Andalus reveals the
Flamenco heart of Spain, the true essence of Andalucia, the searing heat and riotous colours, the joys and
passions, the comedies and tragedies, the stirring music, spectacular dance and the stunning locations.
International Flamenco dance theatre company Cancion Gitana presents a dramatic dance theatre
show Al-Andalus created by noted Flamenco dancer and choreographer Helena “La
Leyenda” (Sadlers Wells, BBC TV, Channel 4, etc) from a jointly developed concept by the legendary
Flamenco dancer, singer and poetry specialist Rosario Serrano. The 70 minute, 1 act, spectacular
features an international company comprising stylish principal dancer Helena “La Leyenda”, the
poetic and narration skills of Madrid’s Rosario Serrano (Ballet Rambert, Duende Flamenco
Company, BBC TV, etc) the soulful dance Varina Verdin and the passionate Flamenco guitar of
Tomas de Cordoba.
In a 70 minute spectacular with many costume changes, dramatised poetry in Spanish and English –
with surtitles – projections of many, many, iconic Andalucian Flamenco locations and striking theatre lighting,
Cancion Gitana create Flamenco dance theatre performances of a kind rarely seen on UK stages.
Cancion Gitana presents Café de Chinitas
Café de Chinitas is an authentic re-creation of a Flamenco performance from the legendary golden
age of Flamenco in the early 20th century, an 80 minute spectacular by a small cast of internationally acclaimed
Flamencos with many scene and costume changes, subtle lighting, numerous projections and an artist painted
backdrop, a realistic evocation of the Café Cantante Flamenco music halls that sprang up across southern Spain in
the early 1900s.
Created and choreographed by Flamenco dancer Helena "La Leyenda" (Sadlers Wells, BBC TV, Channel
4), the show features Helena "La Leyenda" and a guitarist and poetry recitor.
Café de Chinitas presents the richest Flamenco, with fabulous staging, vintage costumes,
dazzling dancers and fiery guitar.
Reviews of Cancion Gitana UK shows –
Chichester Observer – “from cante jondo to cante chico they represent
the full spectrum of emotions reflected in a history of tragedy and joy” “truly breathtaking”
The Argus - “authentic Iberian flair” “a great
performance” “elegant dance, flamboyant outfits and a fiery mood” “a feast for the eyes and
3 weeks – “a great performance” “the fine art of Flamenco
dancing unveiled” “inspiring and enjoyable”
Rye Arts Festival - "Thank you so much to all of the company for such
an excellent show last night" "We look forward to another wonderful show next year"
Emporium Brighton - "A sell out audience and a hugely satisfied
one" "A pleasure to work with such a professional company"
Rialto Theatre, Brighton - “ a sell out with a queue on the
Audience comments - "I have seen many flamenco shows but I never knew
flamenco could be that deep” “A stunning experience” “Magical”