Every once in a while, uniquely different entertainment pops up in Fort Collins, eagerly awaiting to impress a new audience. This time, local choreographer Alicia Laumann will present Al-Andalus: An Evening of Spanish Food, Wine and Dance Under the Stars on August 5th and 6th at 7pm at the Ruminate Barn, 1041 North Taft Hill Road.
In Al-Andalus traces the roots of flamenco dance and song as it was developed in the barrios of southern Spain where the persecuted Jews’, moors’ and gypsies’ ancient traditions blended to form a sensuous and mysterious new art form. Using a contemporary dance vernacular, Ms. Laumann, takes the audience on an aural journey with the use of traditional and contemporary Moroccan and Sephardic music to highlight how the fusion of these traditions produced what is today known as flamenco.
Ms. Laumann and her family recently relocated from Grand Junction where she was a Visiting Professor of Dance at Colorado Mesa University. She received her MFA in dance from the University of California, Irvine and has been teaching and choreographing nationally and internationally for the last 10 years. She is currently on faculty at Canyon Concert Ballet and continues to work as an independent teacher and choreographer.
“I am not a trained flamenco dancer but I fell in love with it when I studied in Spain for six months. Flamenco to me is one of the most beautiful and important classical traditions precisely because of its unique roots and because it was an art form birthed out of hardship. When the Inquisition effectively drove these minority groups into the mountains in southern Spain, it was their ability to live in relative harmony that produced flamenco. I find that fascinating and a small picture of the best in humanity.”
AUG 5 & 6…Seats are limited…get your tickets today!
The evening’s menu will include:
• Manchego, Garrota and Mahon Spanish cheeses from the Welsh Rabbit
• Mix of coppa, salami, and prosciutto
• Marcona almonds, Spanish and Kalamata olives
• Sun-dried tomatoes, Medjool dates, dried apricots and cornichons
• Assorted fresh vegetables from Dudley Creek Farm
• Bourbon cranberry compote, peach butter and honey
• Hand-baked crusty bread
• Complimentary handmade sangria / Spanish wines available
Each platter will be served family style at large tables in a beautifully rustic setting. The night will conclude with a participatory learning of the simple folk dance, Sevillanas.
This is going to be a festive, sensuous and unforgettable evening in a beautiful setting under a summer night’s sky!
Children are welcome.
Friday, August 5, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
Saturday, August 6, 2016 @ 7:00 PM