Flamenco en Rouge

Tierras oscuras

“Flamenco born from the mines”

A music, dance, and multimedia production presented in partnership with Cape Breton Miners Museum and The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

Enjoy!

Program

BLACK FLOWERS
(a song and story across the Atlantic)

TIENTOS Y TANGOS
ASTURIAS
SOLE Á POR BULERÍAS
TARANTAS
TARANTOS
RECUERDOS DE LA ALHAMBRA
REQUIEM

(Vicente Amigo)

Black Flowers

Lynn Miles, Unravel, 2001

Well I live beside this old coal mine
Where the whistle blows everyday on time
When the rain pours down and the wind blows hard
Black flowers grow in my yard...


When I lost my man down that dark cold shaft
I swear I heard the devil laugh
And the angels left and they took my heart
now black flowers grow in my yard

The undertaker is a busy man.
He’s got a clean blue shirt, he’s got soft pink hands
He’s got a paved driveway and a brand new car
and black flowers grow in my yard


And when the baby cries, I sing hush little one
But I swear that I’m gonna come undone
When the rain pours down and the wind blows hard
Black flowers grow in my yard
Black flowers grow in my yard

Tarantos (traditional)

Why does that miner have a heart?
That miner suffers and feels
Why does he have a heart?
Ominous death is always present
He doesn’t abandon the mine
Because he is true and brave

Translation: María del Mar Aguilera González, 2021

Support

Heather Gibson, Executive Producer, NAC
Cape Breton Miners Museum
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Library and Archives Canada
Daniel Farrow, Digital Archivist

Artists

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    Artistic director, dancer, choreographer Martine Durier-Copp
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    Musical director Matthew Martin
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    Singer, storyteller, host Brenley Heaver
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    Dancer Marina Roussakova
  •  ©
    Dancer Ruth Pacis
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    Percussionist Csaba Kanyasi
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