A new traditional Wardrobe for Inesita’s concert appearances.
Plans for future performances in various venues. Flamenco trousers made by Nicolette Henry. She executed one of Inesita’s flamenco dresses as well. The costume for Solea.
Today, September 3rd, 2019 Inesita was at the Charles E. Young Research Library on the UCLA campus with the producer and director Calix Lewis Reneau, and cameraman Mario Colangelo in a brief film shoot of the small Exhibit displayed in the vestibule of the Library. It is a sample of the voluminous archive in the Performing Arts Special Collections. Pictured are Inesita with the director and cameraman after the morning session. Filming will be ongoing into next Summer.
The Artist’s Burden
The fulfillment and satisfaction that comes from an innate ability or talent in a particular skill is a special joy. Whether dance, music, singing or acting, the demands continue without rest. Unlike a finished painting, a work of art, a novel or literary material; once completed, the performer is never done.
The musician cannot stay away from his instrument for long. Practice must continue or all or parts of the work are lost.
Memory can be relied upon to a certain extent, but if put aside without attention to detail. It deteriorates. Apart from music or content, technique itself can only be kept in top form by daily practice. ” Keeping the tools bright” is a good rule to follow. If the dancer sits down, there is no dance.
In my lifetime I have accumulated about fifty different Spanish dances over the course of my long career. These include flamenco styles (done with guitar) theater or stylized works based on Spanish forms, Regional pieces and lastly dances of the 18th Century ( Escuela Bolera).
Most are my own creations based of course on genuine material. Others are the works of the masters I studied under.
In addition, I also learned flamenco songs: (cantes) which I did sing in performances on occasion. In order to retain the technique and details of all this requires constant review or else it is lost.
As a classically trained pianist and harpsichordist I also possess a large repertoire in 19th century works and much early music as well. This amounts to a great volume of written music which has to be retained by muscle memory. If put aside for too long, it can evaporate.
I have had the frustrating experience of forgetting passages of music, or words to a song as well as dance patterns that elude me unless repeated from time to time.
This, then, is the artist’s burden. There is no sitting back and resting on one’s laurels!
With this confession, I wonder if other performers suffer the same dilemma.
July 6, 2019 was the occasion of continued filming for the Feature length documentary being prepared about Inesita’s career and life.The performance featuring other flamenco artists along Inesita as special guest artist was a lively evening of varied dances and songs of genuine flamenco.The cameras led by Calix Renearu recorded the evenings program given to an enthusiastic audience.
Inesita will make an appearance as special guest artist at the Havana Bar and Restaurant on July 6, 2019.
This will be her ninth engagement at the popular flamenco tablao in Los Angeles.
This performance was a celebration of the first Flamenco Alhambra which made its debut in March of 2009. It is also the anniversary of my first appearance in 2009 presented by the Alhanbra Performing Arts Center series under the direction of William Yee.
Formerly, the title of the organization had been the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts. This was later changed to Alhambra Performing Arts Center which was more appropriate. Mr. Yee decided to present these performances each year and in some instances twice a year. It made the first program in March of 2009 a special event and was received by the public with much enthusiasm. It has been a labor of love devoted to the dance art of Spain, moreover to the Andalusian form, Flamenco. Come and enjoy the variety and scope of this art which is like no other! Beauty and feelings expressed in the tensions and spontaneity of the music and movement, profundity and dynamism which it offers. Ole!