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Markme On Stage
Saturday from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM PST
Experience the amazingly captivating passion and intricate rhythms of flamenco dance and music as we reinterpret tradition through the lens of Latin American roots. With a world-renowned cast of international flamenco artists. All the way from Barcelona, Spain, Award winner Flamenco Dancer Mariana Martinez, and highly acclaimed flamenco and AfroLatino percussionist Lucas Balbo. Created by Angela Arteritano, a Venezuelan-American multidisciplinary artist, choreographer, and dance researcher. Audiences will experience incredible live music, dazzling dancing, and unique Interactive Art as seen in their award winning film "MARKME".
MARKME ON STAGE Is a live music, art, and dance production exploring the concepts of freedom, acceptance, and belonging as it relates to the Latina Identity within a Contemporary Flamenco setting. The work exemplifies a process of reawakening of the Latinx roots through an interdisciplinary choreographic process. Expanding upon the possibilities of the intersection of art and performance the work’s environment evolves through the active transformation of an immersive art installation, generating meaning and consolidating form through performance. Furthermore, the transformation of this artwork is driven by a process of restoration of a relationship to Flamenco that is inclusive of our unique perspective as Latinas in exile. Acknowledging the reference of Venezuelan master artists like Soto and Cruz-Diez whose work has set a precedent for the Artistic legacy of our people and understanding the value that these works have instilled in our migrant communities of Venezuelans across the world; The work has taken on a contemporary revival approach to the interpretation of Venezuelan Art to encapsulate an emergent legacy that has been forced to exile. The materials and design of the installation were inspired by Venezuelan artisan techniques and traditional artisan elements of Flamenco Dance, creating an opportunity to reconnect to the materials from a primitive state, while presenting an innovative way to interpret Tradition. The project ultimately promotes a discourse that situates Venezuelan artists in exile as contributors to a legacy that has been forever displaced, physically, and psychologically; while simultaneously bringing attention to concepts like freedom, acceptance, and belonging as it pertains to Latinas in the context of Flamenco Art.
The first phase of the project consisted of a three-layered gallery exhibition, including a dance film, a performance art installation, and a collection of paintings. The dance film which continues its festival runs around the world has already received incredible recognitions, like the award for best director at Vesuvius International Film Festival 2022, Honorable Mention at The London International Monthly Film Festival, Semi-Finalist for Best Women Empowerment Short at the Paris International Short Festival 2022, Finalist for best of fest at Mignolo International Screendance Festival 2022, and Best Experimental Short at Ag&Art Film Festival 2022.
This project has been supported by the Cultura Power grant 2021, MACLA, San Jose; Dancers’ Group’s Ca$h Dance Award 2022, and Onstage Vacaville.