If there was ever somebody that caught my attention so quickly in life by what they had done, it was Clare Brumby from Halewood.
Clare ticks all the right boxes in my life, as somebody who chases a dream and gets what she wants.
She has just returned from a months long stay in Barcelona, Catalonia Spain, to learn flamenco and pay tribute to Spain’s greatest flamenco performer, Carmen Amaya.
Clare was taught by professional flamenco dancer and teacher, Toni Moniz and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Moniz, who runs Escuela de Baile Flamenco Jose de la Vega, Barcelona, created choreography for Clare based on an old Carmen routine performed by the dancer in one of her many film appearances.
Clare told me that the training process was very hard work, but it was an amazing experience and she feels so grateful to have the opportunity to learn more about flamenco culture and find out about what made Amaya unique.
Amaya started dancing before her teenage years up until the early 1960′s and stood out because she was so strong.
Clare says” Her footwork was so fast that even male flamenco dancers couldn’t match her, but what I discovered through learning similar dance steps, was that while she challenged gender roles within flamenco, her performances were also about confidence and having great strength in her femininity.”
This year marks the Centennial of Carmen Amaya’s birth, and the works created by Clare, during her numerous workshops will be shown, in a celebration event, using the amazing floor-space of the Academy, Halewood on Tuesday 19th November, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of Carmen Amaya’s birth.
Halewood Academy 15.30-17.15pm
The Avenue Halewood L26 1UU
Checkout Clare’s full project and be amazed…….
If you like dynamic dance, action and a bit of dare-devil theatre thrown in then this is the night for you to watch some of the most stunning dance acrobatics to date.
On Thursday 7th and Friday 8th November at 7.30, ‘Casus’ arrive at the Black-E Liverpool after having wowed the crowds at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The Black-E would like to invite you to see Australia’s new contemporary circus company ‘Casus’, with their stunning premiere work, “Knee Deep” which is one of only 3 UK dates.
Four performers will explore the boundaries of strength and tenderness with bodies pushed and pulled to create a bold and captivating performance to wow any crowd.
The dancers show a style of certain breath-taking beauty and skill in their full-on show
If you haven’t been to the Black-E before then, you will be amazed that the main space to perform is the perfect setting for ‘Casus’.
The round performance space and high ceilings give the dancers the perfect place to perform “Knee Deep” with its fast aerial workouts, silk twists and vertical turns and a wild exhilarating trapeze act giving the audience spectacular views from the balconies.
Don’t miss out on a chance to see this act at the Black-E.
Ticket sales £6,£8,£10
0151 709 5109 http://www.theblack-e-co.uk
Great George Street
This evening (Saturday 26th October) sees the 9th Annual Event of the Merseyside Black Achievers Awards Ceremony, being staged at one of our many historical gems here in Liverpool, St George’s Hall. The name George seems to have become very popular this year, with the birth and recent christening of the heir to the throne, the young Prince George.
This prestigious occasion, recognises and celebrates our very dynamic and culturally diverse communities throughout the Merseyside Region. Those gifted and dedicated individuals, who have contributed and achieved excellence in their respective area of interest, are drawn from a broad spectrum of disciplines.
We all know the difficulties of the funding cutbacks throughout this City , but this yearly event is made possible through partnership working, and dogged determination that embraces all that is positive within our communities, whilst adopting that CAN DO attitude. This ensures that ordinary folks who just keep, keeping on, are duly applauded for their contributions at grass-roots level.
The weather forecast may have you running for cover this weekend, however I have it on good authority, upon entering the majestic Grade II listed building of St Georges Hall, a very warm Liverpudlian reception awaits it guests. No doubting they will be decked out in all their finery….so what are you waiting for?
Tickets are still available on-line, also listen out for further announcements by Garth Dallas of Diversity Magazine, on our local radio station at BBC Radio Merseyside on 95.8FM.
For further information go to the web site: firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAY 26th OCTOBER 2013 – ST GEORGE’S HALL, LIVERPOOL