Holiday Dream Flamenco 2018  article by Megan Bennett

Compañia Chuscales and Mina Fajardo returns to Teatro Paraguas  with an original and exciting flamenco extravaganza based in part on choreographer, dancer and singer-songwriter Mina Fajardo’s newly released album Sueño.  Joining Mina onstage are flamenco dancers Monze Diaz, Janira Córdova, and Sveta Backhaus, as well as Charo Shaffer-Perez, Heather Miro and Lacy Romero. Deborah Newberg and the Saltanah Dancers infuse the evening with a Middle Eastern flavor, complementing the flamenco rhythms with their renowned and mesmerizing movements.

Internationally recognized flamenco guitarist Chuscales anchors the evening, accompanied by Alejandro Valle on percussion.

The evening also includes flamenco interpretations of seasonal favorites such as “Silent Night” and “Carol of the Bell.”

Compañia Chuscales has performed regularly at Teatro Paraguas since 2014, including  “Monet’s Moon” (2018), “Carmen La Golondrina” (2018), “Dance with Spirit” (2017), “Choreography and Calligraphy” (2017), and “Una Nota de Lorca” (2016). Previous seasonal offerings include “Romance de la Luna” (December 2016) and “The Little Match Girl” (December 2017).

Both Chuscales and Mina Fajardo have studied with many flamenco masters in Spain and the United Sates, and have helped to pass the tradition on to scores of students.  Their virtuosity and electric presence, coupled with their mastery of the traditional forms and willingness to experiment within the ageless genre of flamenco, have held audiences spell-bound for years.

Tickets are $25 general admission and $20 for seniors and students, and may be purchased online at  Reservations may be made by calling 505-424-1601 to purchase tickets at the door.