[StBernard] Canary Islands dancers and performers

Westley Annis Westley at da-parish.com
Thu Oct 2 21:39:07 EDT 2008

Canary Islands Day Celebration in St. Bernard Parish
Free Spanish music and ballet performances on Oct. 11 and Oct. 15

Los Islenos Heritage and Culture Society, in conjunction with the Government
of the Canary Islands, St. Bernard Parish Government, St. Bernard Parish
School Board and the Consulate General of Spain, will sponsor a celebration
of Canary Islands Day from Oct. 11-15. The celebration marks the anniversary
of the May 30th, 1982 Governmental Elections in the Canaries, the first
election for public office since the dictatorship of Francisco Franco in
from 1936 to 1975. The celebration will consist of public performances of
modern ballet and music at Andrew Jackson Elementary School and Chalmette
High School.

Tenerife Danza Lab, a contemporary dance troupe affiliated with the
Auditorium of Tenerife, will present an evening of six works featuring the
Troupe’s resident choreographers. Many of the six works center on the lives
of the people of Tenerife and incorporate the theme of water. Sofia, a
piece focusing on man’s redirection of bodies of water, often to
catastrophic ends, is particularly poignant to St. Bernard as we continue
our recovery. The artistic coordinator of Tenerife Danza Lab is Helena
Berthelius, a world renowned choreographer, whose work was featured in the
1992 opening ceremonies of the Barcelona Olympic Games.

There will be two free performances for the public:

* Tenerife Danza Lab will conduct dance classes in St. Bernard Parish
for students attending Andrew Jackson Elementary School and Chalmette High
School. On Saturday, Oct. 11, the Tenerife Danza Lab will perform in the
Andrew Jackson Elementary School gymnasium at 7:30 p.m.

* Grupo Jeremias Martin is led by Jeremias Martin, a brilliant young
musician who is a protégé of Benito Cabrera, one of the foremost musicians
and composers in Spain. Jeremias will be accompanied by four other
musicians. This group plays Canarian folk music and will teach music
classes for students attending Trist Middle School and Chalmette High
School. The Canary Islands Day Celebration will conclude with a concert of
Canarian folk music by Grupo Jeremias Martin on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 7:30
p.m. in the presentation room of Chalmette High School.

This visit is made possible with additional support from the Manuel Molero
Family; El Cabildo de Tenerife; Friends of the Canary Island – San Antonio,
Texas; Canarias Crea; Tulane University and the Canary Islands Descendants


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