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Saturday, April 6 + Sunday, April 7, 2019
Marcando el Terreno: Flamenco and Feminism
Saturday: Performance + Dialogue | Sunday: Film Screening + Panel Discussion

Marcando el Terreno: Flamenco and Feminism

Saturday, April 6, 2019: Performance + Dialogue
7pm | Tickets: $12

Sunday, April 7, 2019: Film Screening + Discussion
6pm | Tickets: $8

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About the Event

Marcando el Terreno — Flamenco and Feminism is a weekend-long exploration into the art of Flamenco through the lenses of feminism and womanhood. The two-evening celebration at Vox Populi features on Saturday an in-process showing of La Bolivianita by performance artist Elba Hevia y Vaca (Philadelphia), followed by a conversation with the artist, and on Sunday the screening of recent award winning documentary Impulso (2017), which illuminates the life and art of brilliant queer feminist flamenco dancer and choreographer Rocίo Molina (Spain).

In her new solo performance La Bolivianita, dancer and choreographer Elba Hevia y Vaca explores her lifelong artistic journey with Flamenco and her Bolivian origin. First introduced to Flamenco through her family’s pride in their Spanish heritage, La Bolivianita delves into the artist’s emotional and changing relationship with her beloved art form. As the artist ages and comes to term with her recent discovery that she is primarily descended from the indigenous Andean rather than the Spaniards, La Bolivianita poses the question: Are we what we inherit? The performance incorporates spoken word, the de-construction of modern Flamenco choreography, and culminates in an interactive dialogue with the audience. La Bolivianita is directed by world renowned Flamenco innovator, choreographer, and artist Belen Maya (Spain), and will premier in its entirety in the Fall of 2019 at the Fringe Festival. A conversation with Elba Hevia y Vaca, Artistic Director of Pasion y Arte, exploring dance, race, identity and current experimental practices in contemporary Flamenco will follow the performance.

In the feature-long film Impulso (2017) director Emilio Belmonte sheds light on the creative process of acclaimed queer flamenco dancer and choreographer Rocίo Molina (Spain) whose performances equitably combine astonishing improvisation and traditional technique. The documentary follows the artist in the development of her new show Caida del Cello, which premiered at Paris’ Chaillot National Theater. A discussion about improvisation and experimentation in contemporary dance will follow the film screening.
Film duration: 1h 25min

Marcando el Terreno is presented by Elba Hevia y Vaca, the Artistic Director of Pasion y Arte​, and Tina Plokarz, independent curator and member at Vox Populi.

Light refreshments are available for purchase.


Saturday 4/6, 7pm: Performance + dialogue – La Bolivianita, in-process performance by artist Elba Hevia y Vaca (Philadelphia)

Sunday 4/7, 6pm: Film night + discussion -​ Impulso (2017) by Emilio Belmonte


Born in La Paz, Bolivia, Elba Hevia y Vaca began her study of classical Spanish dance at the age of five. After moving to Washington, DC for college she studied and danced with master dancer Ana Martinez and became a member of her company in D.C. where she also performed with Washington’s Raquel Peña Spanish Dance Company, appearing as a soloist at various venues throughout the U.S. In Philadelphia she continued her study of modern dance, jazz, and contact improvisation from various Philadelphia artists. In 2000, Hevia y Vaca founded Pasión y Arte (PyA) out of a strong and intensely personal conviction that Flamenco’s history as an expression of gypsy’s and other oppressed peoples, make it uniquely empowering to women. These values have been reflected in the eight original, critically acclaimed works she has created for PyA, in her many collaborations with female artists, and in the numerous grants, fellowships, and accolades awarded to Hevia y Vaca and PyA under her direction. Most recently, she was nominated for the prestigious Pew Fellowship. In addition, Hevia y Vaca conducts master classes throughout the US, teaches various levels of Flamenco at her Overbrook Studio in West Philadelphia, and is currently Senior Adjunct at Franklin & Marshall College. Visit for additional information.

Please note that Vox Populi is located on the third floor of a historic warehouse building at 319 N. 11th Street and that there are five steps leading from the street-level to the first-floor landing where the passenger elevator picks-up/drops-off. The entry into/out of the elevator is 29-inches wide, so may not accommodate all wheelchairs or motorized chairs. Any individual requiring a ramp to navigate this entryway is encouraged to get in touch with Vox Populi ahead of time to coordinate ramp-access and discuss accessibility details. Our ramps may not be suitable for all wheelchairs or motorized chairs, so we strongly encourage anyone requiring a ramp to be in touch at: or 215.238.1236

Marcando el Terreno — Flamenco and Feminism
April 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
April 7, 2019 @ 9:00 pm