The Coro Flamenco Street Choir sings and dances to kindle the spirit of the City. Coro Flamenco is a lively community-based group of singers and dancers directed by Deborah Elias. The group performs a variety of flamenco styles including rumbas, tangos, sevillanas, and villancicos. The performers come from different walks of life - people who love flamenco (many are dancers), love to sing, or love Spanish culture (several are from Spain). Some are professionals – including performers and vocal music teachers – and others are aficionados. These interests and backgrounds converge in a unique way, giving the group an organic, authentic flavor.
Each year the Coro does a Flamenco Christmas Procession, a tradition started in 2012. Its high-energy performances have also been enjoyed at other public and private functions including the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Awards, a Spanish wine tasting hosted by Solo Vino featuring the region's most prominent Spanish wine distributors, Greater MSP's Winter 4Play, and the St. Paul Winter Carnival.
About the Flamenco Christmas Procession: The Flamenco Christmas Procession was started in 2012 along University Avenue in St. Paul, with funding from Irrigate (an artist-led creative platemaking initiative). The following year it was repeated on Grand Avenue as part of Grand Meander, and in 2014 and 2015 along Payne Avenue on St. Paul's East Side.
The Procession is inspired by festive, communal, and participatory traditions in southern Spain (the birthplace of flamenco): The zambomba, where neighbors gather in the streets to sing villancicos (flamenco Christmas carols); the romería, where people process for days, singing and dancing, to reach traditional pilgrimage sites; and the coro rociero, small, lively choirs that sing traditional music.
Watch the Flamenco Christmas Procession 2015 teaser video below, and be sure to check out our images in the gallery at the bottom of this page.
Find out about upcoming Coro Flamenco performances in Upcoming.