World Class Flamenco Takes Hold on Trinidad
By L Santos
It wasn’t raining outside, but World Class renowned Flamenco Guitarist Rene Hereida. and the Gypsy Chicks took Trinidad by storm Saturday night with a stunning show that will have folks talking about it long into the next dry spell.
In an encore return to the Gateway City, Heredia wowed the audience by bringing his Gypsy Dance Theatre to town, a dozen strong. Ten stunning women tapped out to the solid strings of the world famous guitarist and percussionist La Candice, in a menagerie of gypsy dance that combined old standards with new interpretations.
Long recognized as the Rocky Mountain authority in Flamenco guitar and dance, Heredia brought a mostly seasoned group of dancers to town and lit up the THS Middle School Auditorium, with authentic Spanish guitar beautifully seasoned with dancers dedicated to the art of Flamenco.
Heredia, a Spanish Gypsy performer since the age of 10 is now a veteran artist, far beyond proving himself. Five standing ovations at Carnegie Hall will do that for a fellow. These days, Heredia, a living legend in the realm of Flamenco Guitar, is enjoying passing on the Gypsy Spirit to others as he teaches guitar, dance and choreography to those smitten by the sound and passion of Flamenco.
Veteran dancers La Carolina and La Diana led their troupe with eye-catching dance performances and stunning costume changes that brought a myriad of bright contrasts to the audience in a few short hours. Almost 300 audience members were counted in the enjoyment of it all.
The City of Trinidad Arts and Culture Advisory Commission presented the concert in their annual contribution to the city performing arts scene.
At intermission, several volunteer citizens were honored, including: Kathleen Donnelly, inaugural commission member with over 10 years of continuing service; Judy Reyes, long term commissioner for dedicated service, Kevin Crosby, for dedicated service as chairman, and Pete Morlan, former City Council Member and A&C Commissioner Liaison. Present commissioners, Ted Martinez, who coordinated much of the event, and Robert Apodaca were introduced to the audience by Chairman Joseph Sanchez.
“ I’m very pleased to have the Heredia Gypsy concert as the first big thing we did under my direction,” said first year Commission Chairman Sanchez. “Kevin Crosby had them here last year, and they were well received, and now in 2008 Rene returned with a boatload of beautiful dancers and it seems like they just might become a regular request.”
But until next year, Sanchez says his focus as chairman of the city commission is to help foster the arts and culture scene at large. “It’s our job to advise the city council as to how to promote the arts in our town and also to positively affect tourism.” In the future he said he expects the commission to partner much more with other local arts and cultural entities.
Included in the gratitude for assisting with the concert are: The Trinidad City Council, The Corazon Gallery, Romero Liquors, The Trinidad Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce, The Trinidad Tourism Board, Hadads Home Furnishings, Lori Lynn's Card Shop, The Best Western Trinidad Inn, Mrs. Robert Apodaca, Mrs. Betty Sanchez, Ms. Nadine Shane Ms Carla Litz, Ms. Tracy Sanchez, Trinidad Middle School Principal Dunsford, Fred Vasquez, Wayne Rivera and an enthusiastic audience.
“As far as the Gypsy Dance Theatre, Sanchez says, “I’d gladly travel a hundred miles or two to see Rene Heredia and his authentic Gyspy Show, so I hope that means others would come to Trinidad for the same reason. “