Forced to convert to Christianity in 1492, the persecuted people of Granada in southern Spain turned to dance and music to express their raw emotions and tell their stories. Their haunting, rhythmic, intense singing and dancing became the flamenco. The soul and fire of those Andalusian gypsies, whose musical traditions showed Arabic, Jewish, and Christian influences, continue to burn today through the spirit of professional dancers like Clarita Filgueiras, who has spent a quarter-century interpreting this classic art form. Tonight at the Colony Theater, experience the intensely beautiful dance at the Flamenco Puro dance company's Flamenco: Gypsy Zambra and Lorca. Filgueiras is accompanied by her Spanish compadre, Antonio Granjero, along with international performers. The zambra is pure gypsy flamenco from the city of Granada. The late Granadian poet Federico Garcia Lorcas dramatic verse gives Filgueiras and her company enough emotive force to make you feel like a gypsy yourself.
Sat., Jan. 13, 8 p.m.