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Karen Flamenco Presents The Magic Flute

A collaboration between Karen Flamenco and Diwali Fest

Shows:

Saturday October 15 2016 - 7pm
Sunday October 16 2016 - 2pm

Venue:
Vancouver Playhouse
Corner of Hamilton St. and Dunsmuir St.

Price:
$42.50/$32.50
Discount for Seniors Above 55 and Children Under 12

Tickets:
Tel: 604-721-4869
http://karenflamenco.com/performance_productions_themagicflute_2016_tickets.php

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Performers:

Karen Pitketlhy & Karen Flamenco Dance Company
Gareth Owen, Marekito, Lara Wong
Davide Sampaolo, Carly Goodfellow
Cassius Khan, Amika Kushwaha, Sharanjeet Singh Mand
Shamiak Vancouver - Bollywood Dancers
South Asian Arts - Bhangra Dancers

Choreographers: Karen Pitkethly, Amika Kushwaha, Christina Benitez, Fanny Ara

Running Time: 2 hours (including a 15 min intermission)

Spain and India meet in Mozart’s magical tale of light overcoming darkness.

Prince Tamino will be set on a mission to find the Queen of the night’s daughter Pamina and set her free. The beautiful bird-cathcer Papagena will accompany Tamino along on his journey full of fun surprises and trials.
Audience’s will be delighted by this collaboration as Karen will intertwine these intricate dance forms to showcase the similarities of Classical Kathak and Fiery Flamenco dance.
A slithering serpent, a beautiful bird catcher, colourful creatures and magical melodies all come together on a stage set between the Sun and the Moon in the latest collaboration between Indian and Flamenco Karen Flamenco presents: The Magic Flute.

Let Karen Flamenco take to you into the mysterious world of Mozart’s: The Magic Flute.

 

About Diwali Fest:

Produced by the Diwali Celebration Society, Diwali Fest is an annual South Asian arts and culture festival that celebrates the universal light that exists in everyone. Diwali Fest originated in 2004 and has since evolved to become one of the largest Diwali-themed events in the Lower Mainland and a destination event on the city’s cultural calendar. It strives to promote unity in diversity and showcases the best and brightest South Asian talent, exhibiting artistic innovation through a myriad of forms while engaging a wide community in an active and inclusive role. Each year’s festival engages dozens of artists in events across the city, the majority of which are open and free to the general public, by donation, or at affordably priced tickets. Diwali Fest would not be possible without the generous support of its board members: Kriti Dewan, Gurdeep Birdi, Chirag Vesuvala, Sahil Bhrany, Soutomi Kundu, and Gurpreet Sian. www.diwalifest.ca

 

South Asian Arts is committed to creating performance and educational opportunities for professional and amateur artists, while developing artistic forums that act as a platform for building knowledge of South Asian culture via new projects, new ideas, and new collaborations. We are active in promoting South Asian dance, music, and theatre via dance and music classes, professional performances and workshops, guest lectures, as well as presenting comedic plays, musicals, and dance dramas across the Lower Mainland.

Karen Flamenco

Karen Flamenco is an acclaimed collaborative and interactive flamenco dance company that is a leader in the creation, production and education of flamenco dance in Vancouver. Bold and innovative this company’s distinctive style and approach has helped the company make a unique and valuable contribution to the development of flamenco dance in this city. Karen Pitkethly is the artistic director and choreographer of this non-for profit dance company and school aspiring flamenco dancers of all levels and ages. Karen has expanded the mysterious world of flamenco to a wider audience with her collaboration of theatre and dance. This company reached acclaimed success with their rendition of "Romeo & Juliet" touring across BC and then again with their more recent interpretation of "Moulin Rouge", "Peter Pan" and "Snow Queen".
Experience this young and innovative dance company as it intertwines masterful story-telling, passionate music, and spirited dancing to capture the thrill of flamenco in our city.

Karen Flamenco Studio

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Karen Pitkethly

Karen Pitkethly is the artistic director and choreographer of the Karen Flamenco dance company in Vancouver.

As one of Canada’s professional flamenco dancers, Karen is the face of flamenco in Vancouver. This prolific dancer, choreographer, and teacher is a life-long dancer, extensively trained in ballet, contemporary, and flamenco dance. Her journey as a flamenco bailora takes her annually to Seville, Spain which allows Karen to immerse herself in flamenco culture and study under flamenco heavy weights such as: Merche Esmeralda, Angeles Gabaldon, Felipe Mato, Belen Maya, Juana Amaya, Pastora Galvan, Rafaela Carrasco, Isabel Bayon, Patricia Guerrero, Concha Jareno, Leanor Leal… Karen has been active in Vancouver for over 20 years, becoming a significant figure in Vancouver’s growing flamenco scene.

In 2008, the Karen Flamenco Studio opened in the heart of Mount Pleasant. This airy studio loft serves as Karen’s headquarters where she teaches over 200 flamenco enthusiasts, rehearses with the Karen Flamenco Dance Company and creates her feisty dances. The production company has become well known for their interpretation of stories such as: “West Side Story”, “Carmen” and “The Magic Flute” in collaboration with other dance forms and a musical ensembles.

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Karen Michelle Pitkethly

It was a phone call from my kindergarten teacher to my parents which launched my dance career.  There was concern from my teacher that I was too shy in class and that some form of extra curricular activity might be a good way to get me out of my shell. So the question of ballet, jazz or tap dance was offered and I chose ballet!

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Ballet

I was then introduced to ballet under the guidance of Mrs Heather McBride of McBride School of Dancing. I studied the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)  syllabus and annually passed RAD exams, competed in dance Festivals and performed in year end recitals. Having accomplished my goals in ballet classes I went on to study more about ballet teaching - I enrolled in the  University of Waterloo in Ontario and studied the Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD) - teacher training courses which included - Child Psychology, Kinesiology, Dance History/Theory and RAD syllabus. I then accepted an RAD ballet teaching position in Singapore - where I worked for one year helping to implement an arts school for children called ACE Family Lifestyles Singapore . While in Singapore I also helped develop a ballet syllabus for the local ballet schools.

Contemporary

I attended the Contemporary Dance program at Simon Fraser University . Here I studied the Martha Graham technique with the guidance of Judith Garay, and contemporary ballet with Marla Eist.  I also attended modern dance "Butoh" classes with Barbara Bourget of Kokoro dance . I taught and choreographed contemporary dance at McBride School of Dance . And also performed in a contemporary dance company (Sharmini Winslow) in Singapore.

Flamenco

My flamenco training began at Harbour Dance when I took a random summer workshop which included flamenco dance. I enrolled in Centro Flamenco and quickly began emerging myself full time, I then began teaching classes and performing in the dance company - Flamenco Rosario . I have also taken numerous dance workshops both in Vancouver and in Spain picking up different dance styles and choreographies from many well established flamenco artists:

Rosario Ancer, Sabas Santos, Raul Salcedo, Sara de Luis, Marisol Moreno, La Tania, Mercedes Amaya, La Winy, Merche Esmeralda, Angeles Gabaldon, Felipe Mato, Belen Maya, Juana Amaya, Pastora Galvan, Rafaela Carrasco, Isabel Bayon, Carmen de Torres, Patricia Lineares, Gabriel Heredia

More recently I was awarded with a travel grant through the Canada Council for the Arts and stayed in Seville taking in dance performances and participating in workshops and daily classes to further my professional development.


Participated in the XI, XIII @ XV|| Bienal Flamenco Festivals in Seville Spain


CHOREOGRAPHER:

Karen’s choreography graced this summer's successful Bard on the Beach production of "Much Ado About Nothing" and will be seen at the Arts Club Theatre's fall season presentation of "Don Quixote".  Her annual Karen Flamenco shows are not to be missed as proven by this year's three sold-out performances of “Romeo and Juliet”. Her dance company can be seen throughout the city spicing up events such as the 2009 Komasket Music Festival, Olympic 2010 Surrey Celebration Site, and the 2010 Canadian Cancer Society Diamond Ball.

"Having a dance school I am constantly coming up with traditional flamenco choreographies for dance classes. I also take time to work out new choreographies for myself to perform. Aside from the traditional dance forms of flamenco, I enjoy stepping outside the box and trying new approaches to my dance form. Having a dance background in both ballet and contemporary dance I like to explore these avenues within my choreography. I thoroughly enjoy developing new dances and delight in choreography for outside dance companies.  I am hired yearly to choreograph flamenco dances for the professional dance company both junior and senior at Arts Umbrella.  I have also done pieces for Main Dance, Grupo America, Van Leena Dance Academy, Arts Club Theatre,  Bard on the Beach and Ballet BC." - Karen

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