An evening of flamenco at the VAC

Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes will perform at the Newport Visual Arts Center on Saturday, March 9, beginning at 8 p.m. (Courtesy photo)

Seattle-based flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes brings her latest show, “Luz, an Evening of Flamenco,” to the Newport Visual Arts Center on Saturday, March 9, beginning at 8 p.m.

She will be joined by two Spanish flamenco artists — acclaimed Spanish-Romani guitarist Pedro Cortes and singer/percussionist/dancer Jose Moreno. The all-ages performance will be the eighth stop of a 30-date tour of Washington, California, Oregon and Nevada. 

Fuentes, born in Seattle to parents of Puerto Rican and Irish ancestry, is one of the only touring artists in the Pacific Northwest region with strong links to flamenco culture. She studies both baile (flamenco dance) and cante (flamenco singing) and has toured throughout the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Montana, Idaho, Colorado and Arizona. She has independently produced more than 300 performances and workshops featuring internationally recognized Spanish flamenco artists. She has studied with artists such as Guadiana, Joaquin Grilo, Eva Yerbabuena, El Farru and Isabel Bayon. She attributes her formation as an artist to her most significant mentor, Maestra Sara de Luis. She continues to evolve as an innovator and performance artist. 

Cortes comes from a family of Spanish Gypsy guitarists and began his studies with his father and the esteemed flamenco guitarist Sabicas. Having toured professionally since the age of 17, he is gaining international recognition as a soloist and composer. Cortes is artistic director of his own flamenco group, and also musical director of Palo Seco. He is a third generation flamenco guitarist and uses the experience passed down to him by his family to maintain the purity of flamenco while creating new compositions.

Born into a family of famous flamenco artists, Moreno began his flamenco career at an early age. He has been invited to perform in various companies, and worked with a variety of distinguished artists. In 2001, Moreno choreographed and performed a collaborative work with his mother, Estrella Moreno, and with renowned flamenco singer Carmen Linares with the New World Symphony Orquestra at Lincoln Theater in Miami. In 2007, he performed with the internationally known Isabel Pantoja as a cajón percussionist, alongside flamenco guitarist Jose de Luna. He has also performed in the annual Panama Jazz Festival and at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Tickets for the March 9 event are: general admission $22, VIP seating $34, student $12 and child $8. They can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com.

A video of Fuentes, Cortes and Moreno can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amY11HyweiI

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