Vancouver flamenco dancer, Jhoely Triana and musical guests Maria Avila, Peter Mole and Vicente Jiang bring to you the sounds of Andalusia in Southern Spain. Join us for an afternoon of traditional and contemporary flamenco dance and music. Experience lively and energetic song forms of Alegrias and Guajira and connect to emotional and sorrowful choreography and songs of Seguiriya and Solea. Jhoely’s vulnerable and authenticity of emotion provide for a captivating audience experience.
Jhoely Triana, born in Colombia, is a Vancouver based flamenco dancer and choreographer. Jhoely trained at the Goh Ballet Academy, completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance at Simon Fraser University, and now continues her artistic development with the mentorship of Kasandra “La China” and Oscar Nieto at Al Mozaico Flamenco. Since 2016, she has performed at the Victoria Flamenco Festival, Vancouver International Flamenco Festival, the Dance Centre’s 12 Min Max and Open Stage, Kitsilano Showboat and various community events and showcases. Over the past year, Jhoely has also been studying with Rapico (José Carmona – Madrid) and El Farru (Antonio Fernandez Montoya – Sevilla). Jhoely’s work emphasizes connection to audience through authenticity of emotion and vulnerability. She performs regularly at the Kino Cafe and East is East Restaurant in Vancouver.
Maria Avila has established herself as an independent dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Recent achievements include completing a MFA in Dance at York University, being awarded a mentorship to study with Myriam Allard. Locally she has trained at Al Mozaico Flamenco Dance Academy, Karen Flamenco, and completed Centro Flamenco’s professional training program.
Peter Mole has been performing flamenco for over twenty-five years. He has entertained audiences across Canada and in every major venue in Vancouver, including the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the Chan Centre and main stage at the Vancouver Folk Festival. He introduced Flamenco to the Kino Cafe in 1994 and performed weekly there until 2020. His musical training began at the McGill University Conservatory of Music then Sevilla and Jerez de la Frontera, Spain to embrace Flamenco.
Haolin Jiang “Vicente” is a flamenco and classical guitarist based in Vancouver. Born in Guangzhou, China, Haolin was raised in a luthier’s workshop, where he grew up with the sounds of the Spanish guitars. Since he came to Canada at 16 years old, he has begun his studies of flamenco guitar including under the tutelage of the late Victor Kolstee (Vancouver). He is now majoring in classical guitar at VCC music program. He has been awarded a regional gold medal from an RCM classical guitar examination in BC.
Israel ‘Toto’ Berriel and Danny Nielsen have collaborated to create an exciting program using Afro Cuban rhythms and songs complimented by the improvisational nature of tap dance. Afro Cuban music is traditionally accompanied by folkloric Cuban dance and tap dance is traditionally done to jazz music. Wanting to experiment with the fusion of both forms, Toto and Danny will take audiences on a musical journey through various traditional Afro Cuban rhythms such as the Yambu, Bata and Palo. The ever charismatic Toto will engage audiences through song using the ‘call and answer’ approach and have them singing and grooving throughout their performance. This explosion of rhythm will be sure to leave audiences inspired and wanting more.
Danny Nielsen is a professional tap dancer currently living in Vancouver, BC from Calgary, AB. He has studied the art form of tap dancing in depth, continuing to develop his craft and dive into the history of this rich art form. He began his rhythm tap journey as a member of MADD Rhythms Canada in Calgary under the direction of Lisa La Touche. His hunger led him to travel to the U.S to study with some of the masters of the form including Dianne Walker, Heather Cornell, Dr. Jimmy Slyde, Dr. Harold Cromer, Jason Samuels Smith and Derick Grant to name a few.
Danny has a mantra of maintaining tap’s traditional roots of dancing to live music. In every self produced production, he has managed to do so. He has self produced and performed in many shows in Vancouver including Love.Be.Best.Free, On Foot, Night Cap, Discover Dance Series and around the Vancouver jazz scene at Guilt n Co, the Revel Room, and the Libra Room. For the past 3 years, Danny has been touring worldwide with Vancouver based dance company Radical System Art (Shay Kuebler) in Telemetry.
Israel (Toto) Berriel, is a traditional Afro-Cuban percussionist and vocalist from Matanzas, Cuba. Toto began his professional music career at the young age of 16 in Los Yumurinos, a group formed by the children of the famous groups Los Muñequitos de Matanzas and AfroCuba de Matanzas, two well recognized traditional AfroCuban groups.
In 1988 he joined AfroCuba de Matanzas. He worked with AfroCuba de Matanzas for two years until he was invited to join the world’s best-known Rumba group, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas.Toto worked with the Los Muñequitos for twelve years learning the entire AfroCuban repertoire.
A naturally gifted vocalist with a distinctive sound, his easy charm, charisma and his Cuban warmth, make Toto an exceptional and approachable music teacher. His classes are both comfortable and challenging; and the combination makes for a productive working environment. Although Toto is deeply rooted in the AfroCuban traditions, he is also comfortable in different musical environment such as jazz, modern music, soul and funk amongst others.
Toto has toured worldwide in countries such as, Canada, United States, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Brazil, Spain, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France and Korea, singing, playing and teaching in various workshops.
The exhibition battle will feature 3 underrepresented street dance styles: Litefeet, Jookin and Krump. The performers will be: Kevin “Shazam” Li, Bruce Bryant, Hannah Henney, Roberta Bierman, Romy Sanchez, Rajan Sandhu, Natasha Gorrie and host, Da Wreckage. The performers will start by bringing you to New York with the upbeat, high energy vibes of litefeet. Then move down south to Memphis with the cool, gritty styles of jookin. Concluding by going west to LA, the home of the explosive and raw Krump culture. The battles will be 1 vs 1. with three 1-2 min rounds dancing to songs selected by dancers and battle organizers. As audience members you are invited to follow along and participate. Come and experience these unique cultural elements and learn more about these street dance styles!
Kevin “Shazam” Li is an actor, dancer and choreographer best known for his hand choreography work on the American fantasy TV series The Magicians.
Kevin recently worked on the premiere Apple TV series SEE as a movement researcher, choreographer, and coach under the direction of the movement director, Paradox Pollack.
Kevin started dancing after moving from Hong Kong to Vancouver in 2009. He fell in love with hip hop and other street/club dance styles such as locking and house. He then joined SOULdiers, a part time training company that focuses on hip hop and other street dance styles.
After that spending three years with SOULdiers, Kevin went on to focus on tutting and flow arts. He practiced with the Vancouver circus community and explored prop and tutting hybrid dance. He also joined Technicru and started training in animation dance.
In 2014, Kevin took a leap of faith and joined Modus Operandi, a Vancouver based contemporary dance training program with zero contemporary dance experience. The directors Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond recognized his street dance ability and gave him a chance. The four year professional development program focusing on technical, artistic, choreographic and collaborative skills prepared him for a wide breadth of work in dance and movement.
Kevin is interested in all kinds of dance and art, he is especially interested in how different forms, styles, elements, and cultures intersect. He would like to continue exploring and bridging different forms, different cultures and their communities.
New Works gratefully and respectfully acknowledges that this event takes place on the ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.