The goal of Atrévete Flamenco Dance Theater of New York, Inc. is to create new works of choreography and dance theater focusing on the fusion of flamenco with other traditional dance forms such as ballet, modern dance, jazz and theater.
The inspiration of this fusion choreography came from the performances of traditional flamenco artists who, in recent years, have added jazz and other elements to their choreography, most notably Javier Latorre in the theater piece performed in Madrid, Spain, Ombra - La Fura dels Baus. Rather than adding other dance elements to a traditional flamenco base, the American founders of Atrévete visualized instead, a base of ballet, jazz and theater, with elements of flamenco dance and rhythms added to create a bold new contemporary style of choreography.
Acting on this vision, the founders of Atrévete began working on the first of these fusion pieces. The work was presented to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS/Dancers Responding to AIDS for inclusion in the prestigious Sixth Annual Fire Island Dance Festival. Because of the innovative nature of this choreography the original piece was named "Dare To" which is the English translation of the Company's name "Atrévete". The piece was one of only fourteen accepted and was performed to great audience response on July 22 and 23, 2000. This event was televised in 28 cities across the United States and helped to raise more than $72,000 in AIDS research.
After the success of the first piece, the Company members decided to formalize the Company's existence and began the process of incorporating Atrévete as a not-for-profit corporation under the guidance of the New York law firm of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP. The stated purposes of the Company are:
to create new works of choreography and dance theater focusing
on the fusion of flamenco with other traditional dance forms
such as ballet, modern dance, jazz and theater;
In December of 2000, the Company was accepted by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), fiscal sponsorship program. The NYFA will act as sponsor to Atrévete until the Company receives its not-for-profit status from the IRS.
On March 25, 2001, Atrévete performed live on WNBC Channel 4, Weekend Today in New York with co-host Rob Morrison.
On April 1, 2001, Atrévete held its successful 2001 Manhattan fundraiser at Au Bar, with nearly 200 people in attendance. The dance program received a tremendous response from the audience and garnered many enthusiastic emails during the ensuing weeks including the following from a satisfied audience member: "Hi! I just wanted to say I saw your show last night at AU BAR and it is just wonderful!!!! You should be on Broadway!! Everyone I was with also agreed it was an excellent show!! You are full of imagination, beautiful modern representation of Flamenco, very artistic, sexy and talented company!! I wish you lots of success and look forward to the next performance!!"
On May 17, 2001, Atrévete participated in another fundraising event, this one to support the families of Riverside Church. The event, "Family Arts Festival - Welcome to the Family" was moderated by Maurice DuBois, co-host of the Today in New York Morning News on WNBC Channel 4.
On July 19, 20 and 21, Atrévete will present a full-length production of its works at The Theatre of The Riverside Church, located at Riverside Drive and 120th Street. Tickets will be available from the box-office one month prior to the event. We look forward to seeing you there!