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Ashley Rhianne in Kiev, Ukraine

Ashley Rhianne is excited to announce that she will be performing and judging at Julia Farid’s top caliber festival – Isadora Cup in Kiev, Ukraine November 2 – 5 2017!  Ashley Rhianne will be performing alongside Mohamed Shahin (Egypt / USA), Mercedes Nieto (Hungary), Julia Farid (Ukraine), Marta Korzun (Ukraine), Catherine Mancera (Germany), Jalila (Italy), Julia Mitsai (Ukraine) and Martina Tellini (Italy). A huge THANK YOU to the Isadora Team for this special invitation!

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Ashley Rhianne in Quito, Ecuador

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Ashley Rhianne is very excited to be an invited guest artist and judge in Quito, Ecuador for the Bellyfolklore Festival October 6-9 2017!  A huge thank you to Bassem Ramadan for his tireless work and bringing Egyptian dance and music to Latin America!

For workshop and show details, please see here.

 

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Small Stages Salon Series – Volume 4 & 5

ashley-dance-small-stage-2016Ashley will be performing in the DFASS Salon Series  Volume 4 + 5 Incubator Project 24 November +1 December, 2016 at The Emerald Supper Club.

DFASS continue to new works with a unique range of dancers and musicians who are experimenting with new ideas and forms of technology to inspire innovative work. This unique group of artists will electrify audiences beyond the constraints of the physical venue.

This project comes from a need to invest in artists and their creative practice. It’s about building space for risk, while focusing on shared learning experiences. It builds on unique opportunities and challenges diverse dance artists who are interested in growing their work in new and exciting ways.

WORKS BY:
Burgundy Brixx
Vanessa Goodman
Dayna Szyndrowski
Scheherazaad Cooper
Jason Overy
Caitlin Griffin
Ashley Rhianne
Naomi Brand
Heather Laura Grey

Click here to be taken to the DFASS event page.

Vinetas Del Mozaico - Harrison Hot Springs

Vinetas del Mozaico – October 24, 2015

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Vinetas Del Mozaico - Harrison Hot Springs

Ashley and Tim Gerwing on tabla will be performing alongside flamenco artists Kasandra “La China”  & Andrea Williams with percussionist Davide Sampaolo from the Mozaico Dance Theatre with featured guest Irish Tapper superstar Joel Janna on October 24, 2015.  For ticket & show information, click here.

 

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Teacher Feature at Ammara Studio! – April 26, 2015

This year brings back the super popular Teacher Feature at Ammara Studio!!!  Teacher Feature is a fantastic showcase of local teachers who will instruct an hour of one of their specialities.  14 Teachers over a 7 week period!!!  The series will start April 12- and runs to May 31 (no class May 17th).  

Ashley & Tim Gerwing of Samar Oriental Dance Ensemble will spend an hour breaking down the fundamentals of Middle Eastern rhythms on April 26 from 3-4pm.

To look at the schedule and to register, please see www.ammara.ca  There is also an early bird discount for registration!!!

Photo by: Elvira Yebes
Photo by: Elvira Yebes

Vinetas del Mozaico – Mar 1, 2015

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Viñetas del Mozaico

Sunday, March 1, 2015 – 3pm and 8pm

Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver

Tickets: $25 adult, $20 senior/student, $15 children

*$3 discount for advanced ticket sales NOW

(Vancouver BC) – Mozaico Flamenco Dance Theatre and New Works are proud to present the second installment of audience favourite Viñetas del Mozaico. A colourful flamenco dance spectacular, directed by Kasandra “La China”, that showcases a dozen performers in twelve dance vignettes, world percussionists and new belly dance/flamenco fusion with one of Vancouver’s foremost belly dancers, Ashley Kirkham. The show celebrates virtuosity and expression, through the use of Spanish castanets and zills, Chinese fans & silk veils, Sevillan shawls and rapid-fire footwork!

Each piece in Viñetas del Mozaico is carefully crafted, individually coloured and brilliantly conceived. Each work fits in place to create a larger picture informed by an artistic vision that unifies diversity under an overarching expressive form: flamenco. The result is a dazzling, innovative presentation of an impressive array of cultural, musical and aesthetic influences.

This second installment, Viñetas del Mozaico will also feature the provocative choreography by Kasandra “La China”, co-founder of Mozaico Flamenco and Andrea Williams, the creator of Raices y Alas, who is pushing boundaries with her contemporary approach to flamenco. Andrea will be dancing with mantón and bata de cola.

Viñetas del Mozaico also brings to the forefront, flamenco percussion by Davide Sampaolo from Rome who showcases his virtuosity with “cajón”, the flamenco drum box. We compare, contrast and compliment flamenco cajón with Vancouver’s Tim Gerwing on darbouka, the traditional accompaniment for belly dance, oriental and tribal dance.

Mozaico Flamenco Dance Theatre is a dance company with a reputation for challenging cultural and artistic stereotypes in flamenco. First formed in 1972 by acclaimed flamenco maestro, Oscar Nieto, the company was re-established in 2003 as a collaboration between Nieto and Kasandra “La China”. Since its beginnings, Mozaico Flamenco has tested the boundaries of traditional flamenco by challenging the notion that only Spanish gitanos (gypsies) can achieve purity in this art and by infusing classic forms with unexpected influences such as jazz, pop, and Latin rhythms. Viñetas del Mozaico continues and extends the Mozaico legacy, pushing the boundaries of flamenco in new, innovative directions, blending world music and visual artistry with the rhythms, passion and technical discipline of flamenco dance.

Viñetas del Mozaico imagines a varied cultural mixture. It is a collection of a dozen unique dance vignettes that expands the Spanish context to include influences from some surprisingly diverse sources. Each piece showcases a new inspiration, a new exploration, and a new interpretation of flamenco artistry. This unique performance promises to transport audiences to a magical, imaginative place anything can happen! Here is a sneak peek behind the curtain at some of the pleasures that await:

Contemporary flamenco dance by Kasandra “La China” with rapid-fire footwork to Davide Sampaolo on cajon.

Haunting dance solo by Andrea Williams, with the beautifully embroidered fringed shawls called “Manton de Manila” with Chinese pattern.

Traditional bellydance by Ashley Kirkham accompanied by Tim Gerwing (darbouka)

Flamenco fusion with bellydance with ghostly white flowing fan veils and silk scarves.

A dramatic, bold percussive duel between two drumming masters, Davide Sampaolo (cajón) and Tim Gerwing (darbouka)

Graceful classical Spanish dance with castanets juxtaposed with modern flamenco piano.

Viñetas del Mozaico
Sunday, March 1, 2015 – Matinee 3:00pm, Evening 8:00pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, Faris Family Studio
677 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC

Tickets: $25 adult, $20 senior/student, $15 children
*$3 discount for advanced ticket sales.
**Watch for promos!

Available online at eventbrite.com

Samar Oriental Dance Ensemble at the Kino Cafe – Feb 8, 2015

Samar Oriental Dance Ensemble (Ashley, Tim Gerwing & Liam MacDonald) will be performing at the Kino Cafe February 8 2015 as part of the flamenco fundraiser for the SPCA.

The show will start at 8pm and feature 3 sets of local professional and student flamenco dancers along with musicians.  

Samar Oriental Dance Ensemble will be bringing something different to the roster this evening, and this will be their first show for a flamenco audience.

Photo by: Dan Poh
Samar Oriental Dance Ensemble

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