In February, 2020, A’lante Flamenco asked the following: “When was the last time you laughed with a stranger? Or cried in public? Sang in a group? These days it’s harder than ever to connect with our fellow humans. A’lante Flamenco gives you a chance to do it in Procession. Sing, chant, and march along with the dancers and musicians as they take you on a sensory experience that goes beyond flamenco, evoking Semana Santa in Sevilla, the Arabic culture of Granada, and the universal appeal of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Or just sit back and take in the spectacle.”
Just over a year later, it seems uncanny how our production encapsulated so many of the issues we would be dealing with in 2020–from political demonstrations and patriotic solidarity to creating community and connectedness, “Procession” was a joyous sendoff to the world we knew. Paul Shirley was able to capture it all on film to create “Procession: The Movie.”
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.