Caracolas de un Mar de Fuego
The Annex
October 13 - 23, 2005
Thursday - Saturday 7:30pm
Sunday - 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Tickets $20
Maria Elena Anaya

Box office 212.475.7710

La MaMa E.T.C. opens its 2005-2006 season at the Annex to the pulsating beat of the internationally acclaimed Maria Elena Anaya dance company direct from their triumphant tour of Mexico City and the Yucatan peninsula.

From the languid rhythms of Yo Yo Ma to the classical Spanish harmonies of Joaquin Rodriguez to the fervent exuberance of live flamenco, Caracolas de un Mar de Fuego is a dance extravaganza highlighting the indomitable talents of maestra Maria Elena Anaya accompanied by her brilliant troupe of dancers, singers and musicians.

"Entre Reinas y Corales," opens the evening followed by a dance inspired by "Oyeme con los Ojos," a poem by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, the great 17th Century Mexican poet. The remainder of the program consists of traditional flamenco accompanied by live music and song, concluding with a "buleria," the company finale, a grand fiesta punctuated with animated music and percussion instruments.

Even as the Queen Conch was used in ancient days to signal momentous events, Caracoles de un Mar de Fuego celebrates passion and enchantment.

Choreographer: Maria Elena Anaya. Dancers: Maria Elena Anaya, Karina Ruvalcaba, Sandra Sanchez. Guitarists: Ricardo Joya, Marco Nunez. Cantor: Alfonso Cid.
Production manager: Nora Jacobs.

From Press Clippings...
"(The) finale left the audience clamoring for more...When the curtains closed, the crowd could be nothing more than "Otra! Otra! Otra!" - Katania Castaneda, The Mexico City Times

"Anaya's skills are dazzling..." - Josie Neal, San Antonio Light

"Perhaps the most amazing, sensual moment comes when Di Palma Dances with Maria Elena Anaya, a visiting master dancer from Mexico City...This is no small force flowing off the stage...This is the rising, whirling presence of the divine feminine flooding over the audience." - Jaime Meyer, Minneapolis Star Tribune


Maria Elena Anaya began her dance studies at age three and has studied in Spain with prominent figures such as Carmen Mora, La Tati, Mario Maya, Manolete, Christobal Reyes, Ciro and Yolanda Heredia. Her lifetime mentor was the legendary Manolo Vargas. In 1990 she was awarded "The Silver Castanet" from La Casa de Andalucia de Mexico, which is the greatest prize conferred by the institution. She has performed in principal theaters throughout Mexico, including Palacio de Bellas Artes and Teatro de la Danza, and also participated in several television shows and videos sucha s the series "Los que Hacen el ARte (Those Who Make Art)," produced by the National University of Mexico as a tribute to Manolo Vargas. She has danced with Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre (with dancer/choreographer Susan Di Palma) in Minneapolis, and at The Joyce Theatre in New York in 1993. Her La MaMa appearance include, among others "Imagenes (1999)," and "De Passion Sin Retrorno (2003)."
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