First of all, A BIG THANK YOU to all of you who made our beautiful premiere possible!
happy to hear all the great stories and memories that our guests on stage
and in the audience have shared directly to us or in different social media!
We are quite spoiled with fantastic photographers around us. See pictures from the premiere by our great Dragan here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragan/sets/72157659266614111/
More pictures by Le Monique have also been published on our Facebook page (see link to the right)!
We have received a lot of questions about how everything works behind the scenes, so I thought I'd share a little bit of how a "regular" FlamencoFredag@Odenplan Friday can turn out:
the morning we all packed together our belongings and headed off to
the theatre - some of us at 05:00 in the morning, others a little
later. Our house-guitarrist Per who is great with time was the first one to arrive, and helped Pia with taking everything (olives, technique, stage clothing ect...) down to the theatre.
At the theatre we then said hello and met Kati for the first time, got to know each other a little better, talked through the evening with all the people involved, and looked through the last minute preparations. Just to make things a little bit more exiting, Emil arrived to Stockholm with a train that was more than 3 hours late (!). When he at last was in the theatre, we took time to mark through the pieces in the first set before letting Emil, Kati, Marianne and Valter take a while to see through their second set program.
At 18:00 the doors opened, and just before we (at last) got a chance to open our can of Aceitunas de la Abuela!
The first set
A big part of the idea with our tablao is to have a space for artistic meetings in the improvisational sphere of flamenco on stage. This is interesting for our audience as well as our guest artists, making the first set exiting and spontaneous. A natural way of putting this together has become that the houseband has given a suggestion to the guests on how the first set can be formed some time before the night itself. Then we all come with suggestions on which palos, flamenco styles, are to be presented, and form the program together.
The first piece always has the idea of presenting the guestartists as well as the houseband, and we had a great time putting it together with Kati who was new to all of the houseband, Marianne, and Valters percussive ideas:
The Seguiriyas started off with a canon-singing of Tona and Martinete, to end with a similar soundscape, this time in the tempo appropriate for a Macho, here "slowmotioning" the dance in an interesting improvisational manner. Kati and Pia danced a letra each, and Valters SunDrum had a special part in bringing new air to the Seguiriyas as well. Here below is a picture taken by our ticketing-pro Renjith:Would you like to see or hear a specific palo on one of our FlamencoFredag@Odenplan evenings? Let us know and we'll do our best to make it happen!
The second set
This is all up to the invited guests! We had an idea that this might become a very poetic set, and so it was. The poems originally written by Emils grandmother Birgitta Örnstedt were given new life in different flamencopalos with the great Emil and Marianne, and the elegant Sevilla-inspired presence of Kati dancing left traces in all of us. Valter is a true genius not only with his groovy playing, but also the instruments he's playing on! Mariannes natural stage-presense also between the pieces made everyone in the audience comfortable and feeling well taken care of (so I've been told!). Here's some more of Renjith's pictures:
If you missed the premiere or just want the music to continue playing, you can order the duo's CD:s here: http://naxosdirect.se/items/de-noche-294095 Inside the leaflet, you can also see some of the artwork by Birgitta Örnstedt!
What a great premiere for this fall!
A Big Thank You again to all our supporters, cooperations, audiences and artists for making this possible <3
And what have we been doing since?
Now in the beginning of October we are more than in the middle of our planning for the coming years FlamencoFredag@Odenplan, not to mention the rest of the Fridays this fall!
One aficionado jokingly recommended everyone to make sure they come to Pygméteatern before we move our popular tablao-concept to Globen (arena-stage in Stockholm)! What a great idea, although maybe will save this one for our up and coming 10th anniversary, bringing all the artists throughout the years up on stage! Wouldn't that be great?
Until then, for the coming fall, spring and maybe even fall of 2016, we promise to do our best to deliver close-up tablao flamenco to all of you in the charming Pygméteatern. And... Maybe even another venue on the following Saturday to spread flamenco a little broader...! More about that soon!