This video documents the collaboration, titled "PALMAS" between Melissa McGill, Artist, with
Flamenco y Sol Ensemble:
Artistic Director Sol "La Argentinita" (baile/cante), Music Director Cristian Puig (cante/toque), Peter Basil Bogdanos (percussion), Barbara Martinez (cante/baile), and Isabel Del Dia (baile)
Director/Editor: Michael Arginsky
Cinematography: Robert Featherstone
LnJ Tech Services: Staging and Audio
This site-specific performance was created during Melissa McGill's Artist Residency at Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center in Garrison, NY.
Manitoga's central Quarry Pool forms a natural amphitheater where moss-covered alcoves, rock ledges and tranquil waters come to life with exhilarating music, song and dance. The performers of Flamenco y Sol boldly enliven the water's edge upon a stage at the base of Manitoga's waterfall and into the Quarry Pool. Around the Quarry rim, custom acoustic platforms highlight Flamenco's signature clapping (palmas) and footwork, turning this beautiful natural sit into an instrument of sound and human interaction.
In naming this place Manitoga, Wright borrowed the native Algonquin words meaning "place of great spirit". At Manitoga, Flamenco's duende- finds an evocative connection.
Special thanks to:
Allison Cross, Founder of the Artist in Residency Program at Manitoga
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