Spanish Dance Theatre Performs on Oct. 9

Oct 02, 2019

The Barnegat branch of the Ocean County Library will host “Alborada Spanish Tapas” on Wednesday, Oct. 9,  at 2 p.m. In a program sponsored by the Ocean County Library Cultural Awareness Team, the Albarado Spanish Dance Theatre will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by performing the “Dance of Spain,” showcasing flamenco, classical and regional dances using castanets, guitars, fans and beautiful costumes.

The dance theater was originally founded in 1965 by María Alba and is known to many aficionados as the greatest exponent of the seguiriya and many other Spanish dance drama pieces in the U.S. In 1980, the company was revitalized under the direction of Alba and its current director, Eva Lucena, who brought to the company a group of extraordinary new dancers and choreographers. Lucena and Alba, the latter passing in 1992, believed strongly in bringing a broad perspective of Spanish culture and traditions to the community. To this end, they worked to set the company apart from other Spanish dance companies by bringing to the stage dance dramas, such as “El Amor Brujo,” and dramatizations of the poetry of Federico García Lorca, as well as regional and traditional dances from all parts of Spain.

The Spanish dance theme continues Saturday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. with the documentary “Over the Waves.” It explores the tradition of flamenco art in the United States, its origins, protagonists, and its identity as a nomadic and hybrid art form. Focusing on the most important flamenco artists living in America, the documentary offers a look at their creative process.

To register for the program, call the branch at 609-698-3331. —E.E.

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