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Flamenco Forever

No one in Miami can claim ignorance about flamenco. The plethora of shows highlighting the music and beauty of this traditional southern Spanish dance have made Miami flamenco’s second home, with no signs of audiences’ delight fading. That may be because, at its core, flamenco is a lament and a celebration of the displaced; the dance form originated during the time of the Spanish Inquisition when Moors, Jews, and Gypsies were forced from their homelands — a story that can resonate with so many people on our end of the peninsula. The 9th Festival of Flamenco Song at the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) will focus on cante flamenco, the original soulful singing that defined the genre. Three Spanish singers will join the Miami troupe Siempre Flamenco, including award-winning Paco del Pozo, who makes his Miami debut, along with Cordoba-based dancer Jose Barrios. Siempre’s director, Celia Fonte, will premiere a new choreographed piece as well. The festival runs three days, beginning at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $45. Call 305-949-6722 or visit arshtcenter.org.
Fri., Aug. 29, 7 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 30, 7 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 31, 7 p.m., 2014

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