'Esencia Flamenca' to set the Joburg stage alight in a spectacular showcase in May and June


Rhythmic tapas for the soul 

Esencia Flamenca from El Rincon Flamenco
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El Rincon Flamenco, the Johannesburg-based Spanish dance company, is to stage a glittering dance extravaganza, Esencia Flamenca, at The Lesedi (formerly known as The Fringe and Tesson Theatre), Joburg Theatre, from May 30th until June 2nd. 

This heady cocktail of passion, drama and rhythmic tapas for the soul is guaranteed to lift the spirit and have you toe-tapping in your seat.

Esencia Flamenca means Essence of Flamenco in English and the spectacular show, directed by the celebrated Dame Hazel Acosta, who founded the El Rincon company 30 years ago, encapsulates the pulsating spirit of the dance in its myriad of forms.

Dame Hazel is using the show to pay homage to the prolific Federico Garcia Lorca, the famous Spanish poet, playwright and theatre director of the 1930’s. 

The first half of the show is inspired and based on the play, The House of Bernarda Alba. Set in a house in a Spanish village, the story uncovers the intertwined dynamics between a family’s matriarch and her daughters.

Joanne Bobrow and Rosana Maya, co-producers and choreographers, portray this renowned work in a contemporary, ambient setting with immense attention to detail.

Bernarda is adapted by Rosana Maya and she will be performing the title role of Bernarda.

The second half of the show is imbued with different, yet equally delicious flavours, and is mostly choreographed by Mireille Lenferna.

It has the power to entice its audience into savouring the quintessential cornerstones of authentic flamenco; live music, song, rhythm and of course, dance. 

Adding style and glamour to the production are El Rincon's talented crew of principal dancers, South Africa's own guest stars, Durban guitarist Demi Fernandez and Cape Town dancer and percussionist (Ndumiso ‘Faya’ Tafeni). There will also be a troupe of exciting up-and-coming talent.

Since 2005, Esencia Flamenca marks the fourth major theatre production under the co-directorship of established dancers and former students of Dame Hazel Acosta, Joanne Bobrow and Mireille Lenferna. 

The company boasts a dozen hand-picked dancers, most of whom are also creative souls within their own careers.

Hurry and don’t miss out on this flavoursome delight!

Bookings can be made directly through Joburg Theatre at www.joburgtheatre.com or telephonically on 0861 670 670. 

Groups of 10 or more will benefit from discounted rates – these are available by calling (011) 877 6853.

Ticket prices are pegged at R230 for all the shows.

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Show Information:

  • Show times are: Thursday 30 May at 7.30pm (opening night) Friday 31 May, 7.30pm, Saturday 1 June at 3.00pm and 7.30pm and Sunday 2 June at 3.00pm


About El Rincon Flamenco:

El Rincon Flamenco is a flamenco dance company based in Johannesburg which was under the direction of Dame Hazel Acosta for almost 30 years. Since 2005, Joanne Bobrow and Mireille Lenferna (both ex students and company members) have taken over the running of the company.

The studio, situated in Bryanston, offer classes from beginners and up through the Alianza Flamenca syllabus, specializing in children and adults, as well as professional training to students and company members. 

Joanne and Mireille have studied with many different teachers and maestros, locally and in Spain during the Festival de Jerez. They have performed with local companies including Hazel Acosta’s Rincon Flamenco, Lina Dolores Vega, Teresa Morena, Carlos, Sylvana Gironi and the Ritmo Spanish Dance Company.

In 2007 they produced, directed and choreographed ‘Caminando’ – a flamenco journey which received much acclaim, the company was invited to perform in India for two weeks during March 2009 

In 2010 El Rincon staged ‘Flamenco Fusion’ at the Joburg Theatre which was a huge success and opened doors to the FIFA World Cup and performances around Africa.  

In 2012 Lunares was produced as a celebration of the essence and spirit of flamenco dancing

Since then, the company has performed in various shows for the Spanish embassy, both in Johannesburg and Cape Town as well as India, Dar es Salaam and for the Consulate of Costa Rica’s Tourespaña promotion.

The company has also performed regularly for various corporate functions, celebrations and events nationwide.

Joanne is principal of Dancers Studio, The Classical Pointe and El Rincon. In 2003, after serving on the Alianza Flamenco committee for five years, Joanne was appointed chairperson, a position she still holds.  

Mireille currently teaches the Alianza Flamenca syllabus and is well-recognised by her colleagues and pupils for her choreography. She also currently manages and performs in El Rincon Flamenco’s cabaret and promotional work.

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