Featured Artist: Elba Hevia y Vaca
Elba Hevia y Vaca was born in La Paz, Bolivia, where she studied classical Spanish dance from the ages of five to thirteen and became enthralled by the power of flamenco. She has studied with masters of the flamenco art form in Madrid and Seville for the last twenty years. In 2000 she founded Pasion y Arte’s, an all-female dance company. Under her visionary guidance, Pasión y Arte has achieved widespread acclaim for its unique dance forms that are simultaneously steeped in tradition and perilously avant-garde. Elba draws from her cultural experience (Bolivian-born, Spanish, Indian and American) and the lives of contemporary women to create and dance feminist flamenco. She believes that her choreography and direction excavates the truths that she have always felt and resonated with as a woman- strength, passion, and determination. Her work celebrates women as the protagonists of their own story and not just a form of seductress, sexual object or a love object.
Video produced by Tatiana Bacchus (ACG '09)