Overview

Setting out to capture the depth of flamenco and its eternal ties to Spain, we have built an immersive program that explores the art form, as well as the human relationships and community that keep flamenco alive and thriving in Andalusia. Taking place during the largest global flamenco event, La Bienal in Seville, we lead a small group of flamenco practitioners and enthusiasts through performances, excursions, classes, and tours all focused on exciting the senses and broadening understanding of the art through meaningful experiences.

Spaces are limited on this unique group travel experience.

This Immersive Flamenco Adventure in Andalucia will be led by Rhina Motohkaw and Javier Heredia, and will feature Susana di Palma as a guest artist.

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Rhina Motohkaw

La Rhina started her flamenco journey while living in Atlanta, GA in the late 90s and was one of the original members of “Perla Flamenca Dance Company”. Her style of dancing is influenced by highly recognized flamenco artists such as Angelita Vargas, Manuela Carrasco, El Torombo Concha Vargas, among others. La Rhina has also studied singing with Juan del Gastor and other artists such as Esperanza Fernandez and Inés Bacán. She has performed with numerous internationally recognized artists and taught classes and workshops around the globe. She lives and works in Seville.

Javier Heredia

Seville-born Javier Heredia is a flamenco singer and “gestero” who specializes in dancing while singing bulerías. Heredia has performed for over 20 years, and his career is marked with numerous artistic achievements and international recognitions. He has appeared several times in Seville’s prestigious Flamenco Bienal and toured worldwide with other notable artists such as Manuel Molina, El Extremeno and Juana la del Pipa, among others. In 2010 he was chosen to be a member of the group Flamenco de Morón touring with group and producing the CD ¡Puro y Vivo! in 2011. In 2016 he appeared in the television program “Foro Flamenco” to celebrate flamenco as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity recognized by UNESCO. When he isn’t touring, he makes his home in Seville.

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Susana Di Palma

Susana di Palma is unparalleled as a performer and choreographer. She is respected and recognized internationally for her innovative flamenco/theatre works. She has spent a lifetime studying all aspects of the art of flamenco. Her performance and choreographic skills have, at their core, the essence of flamenco tradition. Although she is an accomplished and critically acclaimed flamenco soloist, her unique contributions to her art form are her provocative theatre/flamenco works that reflect and respond to our contemporary world. She bases her work out of Minneapolis, Minnesota where she serves as founder/artistic director of the internationally acclaimed, Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre.

Location

Situated on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, Seville is the capital and largest city of the Andalusian region of Spain. An ancient settlement with a rich Roman and Muslim heritage, Seville prospered during Spain’s expansion to the Americas, as the favored port city that carried out Spanish trade with the Americas.

Travelers are drawn to Seville’s warm Mediterranean climate and its endless attractions. Seville’s Old Town houses three UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as carefully preserved Moorish architecture. Museums and art centers, parks and gardens filled with orange trees, cinemas, theaters, and clubs all provide memorable ways to experience the city. The culture also stays alive and dynamic through the numerous social venues, inns, and bars that frequently showcase tapas cuisine, and the music and dance of flamenco – Seville’s most unique and treasured offering to the cultural heritage of Spain.

To learn more, visit the Tourism of Spain’s website

Program Activities

World Endeavors has curated a series of classes, excursions, tours, and activities to immerse participants in flamenco and its ties to Spain.

Classes

Exploring the tools and techniques of flamenco…

  • Andalu and Flamenco—Words and expressions of flamenco and caló
  • Compás y Jaleo—Rhythms, palmas and jaleos
  • Baile por Fiesta—Simple marking steps and basic “llamadas” (calls)
  • Mantón, Abanico, & the Apron—Wearing and using accessories on/off stage

Excursions

Intimate gatherings with flamenco legends from the Gitano community…

  • Morón de la Frontera or Lebrija
  • Feria de Moron or the Fiesta in a Finca

Guided Tours

Insider’s look at the city and surrounding area of Andalusia…

  • Macarana Alameda—”Mecca of Flamenco in the Past”
  • Triana— “Flamenco Then and Now: A Look at this Influential Neighborhood”
  • Alcala Castile/Cueva—”The Castle and Caves of Flamenco”

Activities

Sensory experiences centered on flamenco and Spanish culture…

  • How to Enjoy Fiestas/Shows—Etiquette of participation
  • Learn to Make Paella—The traditional dish in Spain
  • Make a Flamenco Apron—Its significance and how to use it
  • Plus free time for shows at La Bienal, cultural dinners, sightseeing, shopping, spas and sunshine

 

Dates And Costs

Program Dates: September 12-22, 2018

Application Deadline: May 18, 2018

 

Program Cost: $5,240

Included: Roundtrip airfare*, hotel in the Macarena area of Old Seville (breakfast included), all classes, guided tours, activities, excursions, local transportation, some planned lunches and dinners, travelers health and trip insurance, on-site group leader, 24X7 support and pre-departure materials and orientation.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Instituto de Cultura Gitana, a foundation dedicated to the promotion of the history, culture, language, and wellbeing of the Gitano community in Spain.

* Roundtrip flights from Minneapolis, MN.

Contact

Mallory Lauerhunt

Mallory is World Endeavors Group Program Manager. She is available to answer questions about this exciting program, as well as assist in the application process. You can contact her at 612-729-3400 or mallory.lauerhunt@worldendeavors.com for more information.

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How To Apply

Congratulations on your decision to embark on a life-changing experience abroad! We look forward to working with you to make your trip memorable and meaningful.

Complete the application below to start the enrollment process. To consider your application complete, we will need to receive the application form as well as a $200 application fee.

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