[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Pasión y Arte Presents: First Friday Juerga, October 5
Pasión y Arte
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Wed Oct 3 20:28:51 EDT 2018
*Pasión y Arte** Presents: First Friday Juerga*
*Friday, October 5th from 7:30-11pm*
*Overbrook Garage Studio, 6411 Overbrook Avenue*
We hope you can join us for the first First Friday Juerga of the 2018-19
Season! Come to the Overbrook Garage from 7:30-11pm and dance, sing, create
art, and connect with your community during this free event. ALL are
*What is a Juerga?*
A juerga is a kind of flamenco jam session where there is no distinction
between audience and performers and everyone takes part, supporting each
other in collective playing, singing, and dancing. During particularly
inspired moments, participants shout out “Olé!” encouraging each other with
rhythmic handclapping called “palmas.” The atmosphere and camaraderie a
juerga creates are much like that of a southern American gospel service and
a “juerga flamenca” can easily attain the proportions of a religious ritual.
The unique component in Pasión y Arte’s *First Friday Juerga* is that the
invitation to participate is open to all genres of music, singing, dance,
and spoken word. The goal is to create new flamenco languages from
different traditions. Special guest musicians and dancers – both
professional *flamencos*, students, aficionados, artists from other Latino
and non-Latino traditions – are invited to each juerga.
At the beginning of each *First Friday Juerga*, Pasión y Arte’s Artistic
and Executive Director Elba Hevia y Vaca gives a short lecture on the
history of flamenco, its components – cante (deep song), baile (dance), and
toque (guitar) – and a mini-lesson so that the people present can become
familiar with flamenco’s traditions.
Pasión y Arte staged its first juerga ten years ago in 2007. 100 people
came in total – invited guests, Pasión y Arte Conservatory students, and
people who simply wandered in off the street. Inspired by never-ending
music and movement, the juerga went on for three hours. *First Friday
Juerga* has continued on since then and remains a very popular community
event and currently takes places every other First Friday.
Visit www.pasionyarteflamenco.org for more information.
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