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Fri 17 Oct 2008, 7:30pm

Where: Concert Chamber, Auckland Central

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Listed by: Tolly Watts

For the first time after twelve years of dedication to the world of flamenco in Jerez and abroad, Francine Sweet returns to her country of birth with Tierra Flamenca: From the Heart of Spain to the Soul of New Zealand for a tour throughout New Zealand in October 2008.

The tour will start with the Otago Festival of the Arts followed by the Body Festival in Christchurch and the Tempo Dance Festival in Auckland, and encompass North Island dates in Wellington, Tauranga, Hamilton and Hawke’s Bay and concluding with the Nelson Arts Festival.

Francine brings with her a ninety minute show and will perform a stunning array of emotionally charged flamenco with five fellow Spanish artists. Full of Andalusian passion and fire, Tierra Flamenca is an experience that offers antipodean audiences a taste of Spain's exotic side.

Dancing since age five, Francine traversed the globe with her dance and has gone through the rites of formation in flamenco in Jerez de la Frontera, the birthplace of the art form. Having dedicated most of her life to work and study with the gypsies and the flamencos of Jerez, her dancing expresses a strong temperament and ´instinto flamenco´ (flamenco instinct) – a rare quality in a dancer.

Jerez de la Frontera is birthplace to the greatest exponents of flamenco. Situated in the province of Cadiz, Andalusia Spain, it is the source from which pure flamenco song, guitar and feeling resonates.

Flamenco is an art form that grows beyond its vital cultural roots and folklore. It originated in Andalusia (southern Spain) and is most concentrated in the provinces of Cadiz and Seville, which include Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz, Lebrija, Utrera, Moron, and the port towns, ‘los puertos’. It is comprised of cante (song), toque (guitar) and baile (dance). The cante and compas (rhythm cycles) are the backbones of the art form and provide the primary inspiration to its interpreters. Similar to blues, flamenco cante possesses its roots in feeling at its rawest.

This is a rare opportunity to experience the power and sincerity of traditional flamenco through the instinctive voice and courageous journey of a unique New Zealand dancer.

Tierra Flamenca is proudly sponsored by Trinity Hill Wines, Tio Pepe, AllPress Coffee and Tempo 08.

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