An Evening of Flamenco Music & Film

side by side photos of a woman with a guitar and the back of woman's head with red beads in hair

Prime Performance - Friday, October 1, 2021 at 7:30pm

Flamenco guitarist Maria Zemantauski kicks off the evening with a solo set followed by a screening of Flamenco Vivo's 6Hilos (6 Threads) which pays homage to the Golden Age of flamenco and features several artists who will be performing with the company on Saturday night.  A meet and greet with the artists in the theatre lobby will culminate the evening.


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Presented in partnership with the NYS Writers Institute. This program is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and with funds from the NYS DanceForce, a partnership program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the New York State Governor and Legislature. Additional support provided by the Alumni Association, University Auxiliary Services, University at Albany Foundation and UAlbany’s StAR Program.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrated with Flamenco Music, Dance and Film

(Albany, NY):  The UAlbany Performing Arts Center is pleased to present two programs in one weekend to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. An Evening of Flamenco Music and Film will take place on Friday, October 1 at 7:30pm.  Flamenco guitarist Maria Zemantauski will perform a solo set followed by the screening of Flamenco Vivo’s 6Hilos (6Threads) which pays homage to the Golden Age of flamenco.  Several of the artists featured in the film will be performing live with Flamenco Vivo when the company presents Tablao Flamenco on Saturday, October 2 at 7:30pm. 

Guitarist and composer Maria Zemantauski has performed in Spain, Italy and across the continental United States to great acclaim. Based in upstate New York, she maintains an active career as a teacher, lecturer and performer; delighting audiences as a soloist or as the founder and director of The Maria Z Ensemble. Zematauski is on the faculty in the Department of Fine Arts, Theater Arts & Digital Media at Hudson Valley Community College where she has also been the Coordinator of Cultural Affairs since 2004.

6Hilos (6 Threads) addresses the raw truth and reality of living through the pandemic as a society and as artists. Flamenco Vivo’s work pays homage to singers of the “Golden Generation” who have left a legacy of more than 50 years and marked the golden age of flamenco.  With concept and direction by Emilio Ochando, the film premiered three months ago in New York City. 

Founded in 1983, Flamenco Vivo is one of America’s premier flamenco companies with home bases in New York City and Durham, NC. The company's mission is to promote flamenco as a living art form and a vital part of Hispanic heritage; produce and perform high quality dance works; provide arts education programs that catalyze connections among diverse participants, and nurture the next generations of Spanish dance artists and educators. The company believes that the universal spirit of flamenco – with influences from Arab, Jewish, Roma, Spanish and Latin American cultures – gives this art form a unique power to build bridges between people.

Hailed as “The Keeper of Flamenco” by Dance Magazine and honored by the King and Government of Spain with La Cruz de la Orden al Mérito Civil for “all the years of passion, excellence and dedication to the flamenco art,” Carlota Santana is an internationally-renowned flamenco and Spanish dance artist and educator. In 1983, she co-founded Flamenco Vivo with Roberto Lorca.  Under Santana’s artistic direction, the company has premiered more than 30 original works, offering commissions to numerous flamenco artists from Spain and the U.S.

Tablao Flamenco captures the spirit of Spain's flamenco cafes. Named after the wooden floor used by a bailaor/a (dancer), tablao performances are highly virtuosic and improvisational, offering audiences a rare opportunity to watch the dynamic interplay between song and dance.  Originally known as cafés cantantes (which became popular during the mid-nineteenth century in Spain), tablaos are still among the most popular places to see flamenco today.

Admission to An Evening of Flamenco Music and Film is free. No tickets or reservations are required.