November 15, 2011

Andres Marin to Enchant Istanbul

Fans of flamenco dance and music are in for a treat this week with the great flamenco master Andres Marin set to perform his show, “Op. 24,” at Istanbul’s Mustafa Kemal Center at 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening as part of the multidisciplinary International Pera Fest.

The event, organized by the Istanbul Cervantes Institute, will be part of an international day of flamenco-themed festivities that is being held this year for the first time in celebration of the Spanish traditional dance having been added to the UNESCO List of Intangible Heritage -- a directory of intangible heritage elements in need of protection to keep them alive. “Op. 24,” a simple performance with only one guitar providing the musical backdrop, is considered one of Marin’s most original and unique works.

One of the most renowned names in flamenco dance, Marin was born to flamenco dancer parents in Seville in 1939. Having started off at a very young age, Marin debuted professionally in 1992 and worked as a guest artist and choreographer until the formation of his own company in 2002. Marin’s performances are renowned for their contemporary and distinctive style. Tickets for Wednesday night’s performance are available from biletix.com.

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