Arte y Pasión's Mercuria to feature esteemed flamenco dancer Belén Maya

Mercuria, which will take place at Brick at Blue Star on Thursday, Nov. 3, is part of the annual WeFlamenco Fest.

click to enlarge In 1995, Belén Maya starred in Carlos Saura's influential film Flamenco. - Courtesy of Arte y Pasión
Courtesy of Arte y Pasión
In 1995, Belén Maya starred in Carlos Saura's influential film Flamenco.
Now in its 13th year, San Antonio's WeFlamenco Festival returns for a week of performances and celebrations.

Among this year's highlights, Arte y Pasión's Mercuria pays homage to the strength of women and features internationally renowned dancer Belén Maya.

The production furthers Arte y Pasión's commitment to shine a spotlight on societal concerns through movement and dance.

In 1995, Maya starred in Carlos Saura's influential film Flamenco, which brought masters of the genre such as Paco de Lucía together with emerging talents.

Maya makes a return visit to San Antonio after her standout performance this summer in Arte y Pasión's production of Sombra y Luz. Set against a backdrop of human tragedy and loss, Sombra y Luz featured the dance troupe as they emerge triumphantly in a performance emphasizing solidarity and flamenco's ability to showcase both joy and sorrow.

The WeFlamenco Fest encourages community and collaboration while showcasing long-standing cultural traditions and highlighting the many powerful and diverse voices of the local flamenco performance community.

This year's festival also includes a Sunday, Nov. 6 performance by Los Flamencos de San Antonio at Market Square followed by a flamenco flash mob and "sevillanas challenge," while on Wednesday, Nov. 9, the Little Carver will screen Gurumbé, a film exploring Afro-Andalucian contributions to flamenco.

For a full list of events, visit WeFlamenco Fest's Facebook page.

$15-$30, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, Brick at Blue Star, 108 Blue Star, arte-y-pasion.com.

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