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Reaching in and reaching out…connecting with ourselves, our community, and the world through the passion of flamenco.

Thank you for considering donating to Deborah Elias Danza Española for our exciting new production "Las Flamencas!"

Las Flamencas will explore the many contrasting aspects of women in the flamenco art form, both authentic and cliché. Women in flamenco are by turns powerful, vulnerable, soft, aggressive, nurturing, sensual, mournful, celebratory - but always with a strong sense of self that sometimes defies our comfortable Minnesota nice. With soul-baring solos, dynamic company dances (even a little comedy – think “Many Carmens”), and the powerful and sonorous voice of guest flamenco singer Vicente Griego, Las Flamencas will entertain, inspire, and lead all of us (of both genders) to think about our own roles, attributes, and relationships, and connect us to each other and to the essence of life in the midst of our modern world.

To encourage you we have some special donor incentives for Give to the Max Day!

  • Give $250 and enjoy two front row seats to see "Las Flamencas" on the night of your choice with complimentary wine before the show
  • Give $100 and join the artists for a post-show donors-only reception
  • Give $50 or more and receive special recognition in the "Las Flamencas" program

Any amount, no matter how small, will help us bring "Las Flamencas" to the stage! Your donation can help cover the many costs of producing this show, including airfare and housing for our talented guest singer, costumes, even theater rental.

Presenting “Las Flamencas” helps us to meet one of our primary goals: for audiences and artists to experience, engage in, learn, and connect through the passion of flamenco.

Here, Deborah Elias speaks about her motivation for founding Deborah Elias Danza Española:

“My vision is to use the palpable, visceral intensity of flamenco to inspire us to connect – first with ourselves, reaching into our hearts and pulling out all the joy and pain of being human – and then with each other, reaching out from our hearts to understand our common humanity.

“In my dream Minnesota, you’d stroll by the playground down the street and hear children doing palmas, flamenco hand clapping. At your National Night Out, your neighbors would spontaneously burst into song. At your family reunion, the grandmothers would get up and dance. And we would all do jaleo, yelling out our delight. What a richer life we’d have with some of the spontaneity, expressiveness and communal bonding of flamenco infusing our community.”

Deborah Elias Danza Española is working toward that dream. In our first three years, we have:

  • Created and premiered three new full-evening flamenco works: The Moon’s Desire, Palabras al viento, and Flamenco, Pure & Strong;
  • Conducted 26 school workshops across the State;
  • Performed at 14 schools in the Metro area;
  • Conducted artist residencies in 15 Metro and 2 outstate schools (funded in part by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council);
  • Presented 17 touring performances of The Moon’s Desire and Flamenco, Pure & Strong in cities across Minnesota.

These activities brought the passion of flamenco to more than 5,000 children and 2,000 adults. Over these three years, we have worked with 16 artists, 11 arts organizations, 5 libraries and 24 schools.

Please make a contribution that will help use the passion of flamenco to reach into our hearts and reach out to our community.

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