Flamencoweek - La Maison Neuve

with yoga, flamenco dance, guitar, cante, palmas & cajon

July 27 - August 3, 2019

 

Enjoy an inspiring Flamenco summer week at the beautiful chateau 'La Maison Neuve'. In this week you'll get the chance to enjoy nature and give expression to your passion and individuality through flamenco.  You can start each day with balancing dru yoga (the yoga of the heart). According to our participants, the conbination of yoga and Flamenco is fantastic.

Dru yoga - Marleen van Haastrecht

If you like you can start the day with yoga to wake up, enjoy nature and prepare body, heart, mind and soul for dance, song and music.

Flamenco dance - Jorien Maters

The three key words for this week are: Spirit, Passion and Fun! Each workshop consists of warming up, rhythms, choreography and cooling down.

Getting to know and enjoying Flamenco music and the different rhythms and structures is an important part of the week. These rhythms are like a heartbeat for the different dance styles within Flamenco. During the workshops you’ll get to know the heArt of flamenco music, the different (counter) rhythms by using footwork and palmas and the specific movements in the flamenco dance language that can be both powerful and soft.

FLAMENCO YOU DANCE WITH YOUR HEAD AND HEART, WITH YOUR HEART AND SOUL AND WITH SKIN AND HAIR!

The flamenco dance workshops are given on different levels. In addition to learning technique and dance material, a lot of space is given to build up self-confidence. In this week much attention is given to interaction with guitar, song, dance, palmas and cajon.

The workshops are given in such a way, that you can experience flamenco like you are in Spain. We focus on personal expression and you will learn to interact. Together we’ll create a flamenco family with dance, song, guitar, palmas and cajon.

Flamenco guitar - Bart Guichelaar-Villerius

In the flamenco guitar lessons a lot of attention is paid to the interaction with the singers and dancers. All guitar lessons are for people with some playing experience, not for complete beginners. If you're not sure, contact us.
There are lessons on different levels. 

Bart is a Flamenco guitarist who learned the classical guitar playing at an early age from his father. Then he started to focus entirely on the Flamenco guitar. After musical experiences in England and Spain, Bart now performs and teaches guitar lessons in the Netherlands and Spain.

Together with Natasja La Valletta, he forms duo Flor-de-Lis, with full Flamenco repertoire for voice and guitar. Bart & Natasja are professional musicians that live and work in both Spain and the Netherlands.

In addition to a solo program, Bart works together with dancers, singers, poets and other musicians.

In La Maison Neuve attention is paid to improvisation and responding to dance or song. You will experience flamenco like it is in Spain.
 




Cante Flamenco (Flamenco singing) and other songs - Natasja Valletta

The most important thing to remember about Flamenco is that spontaneity is of the utmost importance. So all singing enthusiasts are welcome. Flamenco songs were at first sung by everyday people from every walk of life to release their emotions. These early songs were at first only accompanied by the clapping rhythms and stamping feet of all of those present.

Natasja also pays attention to the letras (lyrics), so that everyone knows what they are singing about. Cante Flamenco will be the main focus of the week. Apart from Cante Flamenco, Natasja has also experience in other styles (Italian, jazz, rock and world music). We might see a glimpse of that during the week.

You do not have to have experience or a special talent. Every person is different, every voice is unique and requires a different approach. You will love the singing experience in this wonderful environment.

Together with Bart Guichelaar-Villerius, she forms duo Flor-de-Lis, with full Flamenco repertoire for voice and guitar. Natasja & Bart are professional musicians that live and work in both Spain and the Netherlands.

Palmas and Cajon - Jorien, Bart & Natasja

According to the famous conductor Hans von Bülow everything starts with rhythm: life, music and dance. A cajon or palmas workshop can not be missed in a flamenco week. As a dancer, singer or guitarist, it is good to learn the rhythm of the music, to get familiar with the rhythm and get an understanding of the flamenco music. In addition to learning the rhythms, most dancers, singers and guitarists experience palmas or playing the cajon as very relaxing and fun. Empty your head completely and immerse yourself in the rhythm!

At the end of the week there is an end performance with dancers, guitarists, singers, palmas and cajonists.

Duende

Duende (the magical moment in the Flamenco, where singer, dancer, guitarist are completely absorbed in music, song, dance and the moment).

During the week there will be a peña, where you can experience the soul of flamenco.

Extra's

If there are enough people interested in the history of La Maison Neuve, there will be a guided tour on wednesday.

One night there will be a big bonfire.
Wednesday afternoon is free for sightseeïng.
Wednesday night there will be a Peña.
Thursday we’ll go out for dinner.

Practical

The week starts on Saturday July 27 at 8 PM with an evening meal and settling in. You can arrive from 5 PM on.
The program starts on Sunday.

Saturday, August 3, the week ends after breakfast and goodbyes.
You can stay in your room until 10:00 AM and on the estate until 12 noon.
During breakfast you can prepare a lunch to take with you.