Minna en el Mundo: Flamenco Finlandia in Jaén

One month ago, I had the privilege of being part of the Flamenco Finlandia ensemble at 3er Festival Internacional de Flamenco Ciudad de Jaén alongside choreographer, teacher and bailaora Elina Robinson, video artist Christian Robinson and six other advanced flamenco aficionados Jaana Ollila, Suvi Heinonen, Taisha Navarrete Vuorikoski, Laura Lindén and Sonia Sindonen.

Today in the Minna en el Mundo section of the blog my highlights of our adventure in beautiful Jaén. Such a beautiful, heartfelt experience, hope you enjoy reading about it!

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The Flamenco Finlandia set up. Imagery by Christian Robinson. Photo by Eveliina Saari.

Origen Errante: Two Cultures, One Experience

On one fine Wednesday night in April, we experienced something wonderful in Helsinki. The well respected Spanish maestro and his musicians took the stage with Laura Rintamäki, one of our own, in Aleksanterin teatteri. My thoughts and feelings on the piece, the dancers, the musicians and the experience can now be read on Minna en el Mundo page of this blog. Flamenco unites!

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Origen Errante. The official photo by Beatrix Mexi Molnar (courtesy of LR Flamenco).

Nordic Passion Continues: Oslo International Flamenco Festival

Two weeks ago, I travelled to the Oslo International Flamenco Festival with my teacher, flamenco dancer Elina Robinson and flamenco singer Anna Murtola. My thoughts and feelings on some of the aspects, and especially the great re-encounter with maestra Rafaela Carrasco, can now be read on the Minna en el Mundo page of the blog.

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3rd Oslo International Flamenco Festival, flyer borrowed from the OIFF Facebook page

Minna en el Mundo: Nordic Fire, Nordic Passion

Last Saturday was the much awaited premiere of Nordic Flamenco, the newest project of the Imperfecto Collective based in Helsinki. The evening brought together an impressive group of flamenco professionals from and working in the Nordic Countries. The sold out performance brought to the stage dancers Ann Sehlstedt (SWE), Elina Robinson (FIN), guitarist Afra Rubino (SWE), singers Hilde Karlsen (NOR), Anna Murtola (FIN), percussionists Christopher Rodulfo (AW) and dancer-singer-percussionist Rodrigo Gonzalez (MEX) and video artist Christian Robinson (GB).

My thoughts on Nordic Flamenco by the Imperfecto Collective can now be read at the Minna en el Mundo page.

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Photo courtesy of Imperfecto Collective and Matti Sten Photography.

Sol y Sombra Blog 1-v

Sol y Sombra Blog juhlii tänä viikonloppuna 1-vuotissyntymäpäiviään. Juhlan kunniaksi skoolattiin cavalla ja korvapuustilla, eli Suomen ja Espanjan parhaimmistolla. Flamencoa juhlaan kuuluu ilman muuta, eilen ja huomenna ruotsalaisen flamencotanssija Ann Sehlstedtin ihastuttavalla kurssilla ja tänään loppuunmyydyllä Nordic Flamenco Clubilla. Ensi viikonloppuna muuten lisää flamencojuhlaa Oslon flamencofestareilla!

Mahtavaa viikonloppua blogin lukijoille!

Minna en el Mundo: Flamenco in my heart

Flamenco is an endless challenge and the greatest reward that brings me strength, joy and determination. This past week has been once again a very meaningful one, as we have celebrated Helsinki XXI Flamenco Festival.

My thoughts on the challenges and rewards realized this week can be read as the first flamenco post of year 2019 on the Minna en el Mundo page of this blog.

NB! The thought of having flamenco in my heart has been borrowed from flamenco singer Anna Murtola.

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Flamenco is teamwork. Duo Sal y Azucar with singer Anna Murtola, choreographer Elina Robinson and guitarist Petri Lahtinen at the backstage of the opening club of the festival. Photo by Anni af Hällström.