Tamara Adira Say

T a m a r a   A d i r a



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“Always remembering the masters of flamenco, Adira keeps a keen eye to the future. Bridging both the traditional and the new school, Adira proves to be one of the most creative visions in the South Texas flamenco scene.” – The Rivard Report

Tamara Adira is a dancer, choreographer, and founder/ Artistic Director of Arte y Pasión, a company known for pushing the boundaries of flamenco and Spanish dance and one of the most contemporary Spanish dance companies in the United States whose mission is to share, promote and develop the authentic art of flamenco as a vehicle of healing and restoration, and the promotion of human rights and equality.

This last January, Tamara debuted her project Grito de los Árboles, “Scream of the Trees,” her first full-length flamenco film, in response to the pandemic.  This project would mark a pivotal change in Tamara’s work, now with distanced performances presenting the opportunity to create film, and bring together artists from San Antonio, Spain, France, Los Angeles, and New York.  The film was selected by the Montreal Independent Film Festival.

Tamara Adira collaborated with San Antonio’s Poet Laureate Andrea Vocab Sanderson to conceive and direct Mantas de Luz “Blankets of Light,” a DreamWeek 2020 project. In 2018, Adira’s company Arte y Pasión was picked up by the San Antonio Tricentennial Commission a

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  • Photography by Timo Nuñez


  • GRITO DE LOS ÁRBOLES TAMARA ADIRA RANDY CORDERO GENEVIEVE OBREGON POET LAUREATE OF SAN ANTONIO ANDREA VOCAB SANDERSON WITH GUESTS FROM AFAR JOSE CORTES FERNANDEZ, Marseilles, France MANUEL GUTIERREZ, Los Angeles, California DIEGO ALVAREZ MUÑOZ, Los Angeles, California DARIAN THOMAS, Brooklyn, New York In a forest, if one tree experiences distress, a tree at the other end of the forest is aware of it. The trees know this through the root system. Mankind has created a root system in response to this once in a century pandemic. We tell the story about how mankind has learned to act through our roots to survive and overcome. Our pieces are a series of dedications to how we have sought to overcome the pandemic. 1 Prelude (Fandangos Grandes, por Siguiriya) 2 To the Storms of our Heart (Por Siguiriya) 3 To the Small, Sad and Silly Things (Akrasia) 4 To our Spiraled Ruminations (Por Tarantos) 5 To our Pajamas (Por Bulerias and Tangos) 6 Ask the River 7 To Breath and Breathing 8 To our Battle-Weary Caregivers (Por Tarantos) 9 To our Dreams (Por Rondeña) 10 The Thread 11 To our Friends Near and Far (Solea por Bulerías) 12 Postlude (Por Siguiriya) 13 Credits (Tonal Works) With Choreography and Technique by DANIEL CABALLERO BELEN MAYA NINO DE LOS REYES TRIANA MACIEL ANTONIO CANALES TAMARA ADIRA ARTISTIC DIRECTION AND CINEMATOGRAPHY San Antonio Texas January 2021 Arte y Pasion www.arte-y-pasion.com

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