This original flamenco performance depicts the personal and ancestral journey of a Sephardic woman from her family’s expulsion from Spain, to their life in Persia, to her return to Spain as a flamenco dancer.
Created and performed by acclaimed flamenco dancer Leilah Broukhim, this highly personal work is an intimate expression of Ms. Broukhim’s roots, her personal journey and the history of her people. Accompanied by Sephardic, Persian and Flamenco music performed by an international ensemble, the result is a moving and unforgettable work of music, dance and art, which reminds us that the traces of our past define our present and our future. U.S. premiere of the full production of Dejando Huellas, parts of which were previewed last year at 92Y as a work in progress.
Leilah Broukhim - Artistic director/Dance
Amir John Haddad - Oud/Saz/Flamenco guitar
Juan Jimenez - Flamenco guitar
Ismael Fernandez - Flamenco voice
Mati Gonzalez - Flamenco voice
Luis Amador - Percussion
Bahramji - Santur/Persian voice
Elisabeth Louy – Artwork
Part of the Flamenco Festival USA 2012.
Co-sponsored by the Toos Foundation.
Promotional partners: American Sephardi Federation, Columbia Alumni Arts League, Jewish International Connection, SHAI (Sephardic Heritage Alliance, Inc.), Casa Sefarad-Israel, Consulate General of Spain in New York and Spain Culture New York
Flamenco dancer Leilah Broukhim was born in New York of Jewish Iranian parents and has been based in Spain for over a decade. She began her flamenco dance formation in New York with respected professors who gave her the necessary foundation to follow her growth in Spain. In Madrid, she continued her studies at the renowned dance academy Amor de Dios under great masters of flamenco, including Maria Magdalena, Manuel Reyes, Rafaela Carrasco and José Maya. She further enhanced her knowledge of flamenco in Seville with the ¨Farrucos.¨ Her professional career took off with the two most important flamenco dance companies in the USA: Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana (New York) and María Benítez Teatro Flamenco (New Mexico). Leilah has performed in the principal tablaos of Spain and has formed part of such companies as Rafael Amargo, Paco Peña and Javier Barón. Leilah's personal and ancestral journey was chosen as the inspiration for Casa Sefarad-Israel's official promotional video. In 2009, she performed in Gomaespuma's 10th Festival Flamenco Pa'tos, sharing the stage with Marina Heredia, Carmen Linares and Eva la Yerbabuena. Last year, after previewingLeilah premiered her new project "Dejando Huellas" (Traces) at the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow and also presented the show in Paris at the Museum of Art and History of Judaism.
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