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Acknowledgements:

 

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

 

A’lante Flamenco and Juana: First (I) Dream are also 

supported by: 

 

The National Endowment for the Arts

The Texas Commission on the Arts

The Austin Creative Alliance 

 

…and by our families, friends, volunteers and fans! 

Thank you to everyone who puts up with us! We couldn’t do it without you.

 

Musical arrangements by Isai Chacón, José Manuel Tejeda and Daniel Johnson. Choreography by Olivia Chacón. 

 

 

 

ACT 1

 

 

1. Siguiriya – Traditional, arr. IC

Circumdederunt me dolores mortis – Juan Gutierrez de Padilla (1590-1664); partial

Danced by Olivia Chacón

 

 

2. Un sarao de la Chacona – Juan Arañes (c.1580-c.1650), arr. DJ, 1990/2017

Abandolao (Rondeña and Verdial) – Traditional, arr. IC

Danced by Stephanie Keeton, Carisa Leal, Kara Leal, Claire Spera and Karen Vilches

 

 

3. La Catedral – Agustín Barrios Mangoré, arr. JMT

Danced by Carisa Leal

 

 

4. Tangos del Libro – Traditional, arr. IC and JMT

Danced by Stephanie Keeton, Carisa Leal, Kara Leal, Claire Spera and Karen Vilches

 

 

5. El Testament d’Amelia – Miguel Llobet

Petenera – Traditional

Danced by Carisa Leal and Guillermo Tabares

ACT 2

 

 

1. Primero Sueño (Viejo Puerto/Brisas del Mar) – José Manuel Tejeda

Danced by Olivia Chacón, Stephanie Keeton, Kara Leal, Claire Spera and Karen Vilches

 

 

2. Sancta Maria – Anonymous; Attrib. to Hernando Franco (1532-1585)

Dios itlaçonantzine – Valdés Codex, Anonymous; Attrib. to Hernández Francisco, 1532-1585; ed. DJ, 2017

Danced by Olivia Chacón, Stephanie Keeton, Kara Leal, Claire Spera and Karen Vilches

 

 

3. Soleá – Traditional, arr. IC

Danced by Olivia Chacón and Guillermo Tabares. 

 

 

4. Siguiriya – Traditional, arr. IC

Circumdederunt me dolores mortis – Juan Gutierrez de Padilla (1590-1664)

Danced by Olivia Chacón

 

 

 

The show you will see tonight was inspired by the life and work of Juana Inés de Asbaje y Ramírez de Santillana (1651-1695), commonly known as Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. She was a woman of Colonial Mexico, then referred to as Nueva España. Gifted, precocious, ambitious, and inflamed with a passion for knowledge, Juana chose to forego life at the Viceregal court in favor of life as a nun in the convent of San Jeronimo in Mexico City, where she studied, wrote plays, poetry, and letters, and earned a reputation at home and in Spain as of one of Mexico’s premier intellectuals. 

 

Church leaders criticized her writings, though, and eventually, in 1693, obligated Juana to disavow her scholarly activities altogether, and renew her religious vows. She signed her renewed vows using her own blood in her convent’s Libro de Profesiones, a document which currently resides in the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas. Juana died just two years later during an epidemic.

 

Today Juana’s legacy is one not just of poetry but of resistance—she is known as the first feminist in the Americas for her insistence on the right of women to be educated. From her poems Silly Men (Hombres Necios), and First Dream (Primero Sueño), to her famous Response to Sister Filotea, Sor Juana defended herself and all women against sexism and repression. Juana raised her pen as a warrior against hypocrisy over two hundred years ago, but her words still sound as fresh and relevant as today’s headlines. She paid a price for speaking out, but her example lives on. 

 

I love the process of bringing a feminist hero like Juana to life. She’s a historical figure that is absolutely relevant to our current political and social moment, and I’m pleased to introduce her to audience members who may not know her story. A special privilege has been our collaboration with Austin’s own Texas Early Music Project (TEMP), directed by Daniel Johnson, whose singers transport us to Baroque Mexico with their incomparable artistry. Enjoy!

 

Olivia Chacon

Artistic Director

A’lante Flamenco

www.alanteflamenco.com

 

Cast: 

 

A’lante Flamenco

Musicians:

Isai Chacon

Celia Corrales

Jose Manuel Tejeda

Dancers:

Olivia Chacon

Stephanie Keeton

Carisa Leal

Kara Leal

Claire Spera

Guillermo Tabares

Karen Vilches

 

Texas Early Music Project: 

Director: Danny Johnson

Cayla Cardiff, soprano

Jennie Houghton, soprano

Robbie LaBanca, tenor

Sean Lee, alto

David Lopez, tenor

Tim O’Brien, bass