Lament For Lorca on the East Sussex stage

Helena. © David Faulder PhotographyHelena. © David Faulder Photography
Helena. © David Faulder Photography
Lament For Lorca offers a Flamenco biography on Saturday, April 13 at 7pm (doors 6pm) at Wadhurst Commemoration Hall.

Tickets are available from or on the door on the day. Tickets £20, under 12s £15; for more info call 07758 752257.

A spokesman said: “The works of the legendary Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca remain popular long after his brutal murder in 1936 by a Fascist gang in the opening weeks of a vicious civil war that was to tear Spain asunder and begin a brutal 40-year dictatorship.

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“Lorca, fatefully, was in the wrong place at the wrong time, was both of the wrong political views and of the wrong sexuality. Spain during a bitter Civil War was a very bad place to be in any way liberal. Those choices cost him his life. Federico Garcia Lorca distilled into his poetic works the very essence of Andalucia, the searing heat, the riotous colours, the joys, the passions, the comedies and the tragedies.

“Cancion Gitana portray Lorca’s extraordinary life and violent death, his very close friendships with the artists Luis Bunuel, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, his fascination with gypsy culture and his passionate interest in fiery Flamenco dance and song which led him to organise, with composer Manuel de Falla, a competition in 1922 to find the best Flamenco singer in Andalucia … a centenary recently celebrated all across Spain.

“Lament for Lorca was created by the spectacular Flamenco dancer/choreographer Helena ‘La Leyenda’ (Sadlers Wells, BBC TV, Channel 4) and features an international company of Helena, Varina Verdin, Mirela Giol, and talented young dance Clara with poetic cameos by Madrid’s Rosario Serrano (Ballet Rambert, Duende Flamenco Company, BBC TV), the ethereal voice of legendary Andalucian singer Fernando Reyes and the passionate Flamenco guitar of Tomas de Cordoba

“Cancion Gitana have created a passionate and dramatic re-telling of the life and death of an artist, the biography of an artist depicted in the Flamenco he loved, a man destroyed by savage forces as the country he loved was torn apart.”

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