Tres Cuadros Flamenco Show

Tres Cuadros is a flamenco performance playing at the Mechanics Institute in Melbourne from Thursday the 14th of April to Sunday the 17th of April 2011.

Tomas Arroquero, Laura Uhe, Nella Randone

Tres Cuadros (three pictures) features a dynamic combination of flamenco dance pieces which celebrate the exciting traditions of Spanish Gypsy Flamenco while embracing the modern evolutions of the art form. The performance revolves around three contrasting colours that capture the essence of the rhythmical groups idiomatic to flamenco. The emphasis on three colours has been chosen to depict the multifarious moods that exist in life.

Tomas ArroqueroEach choreography is inspired directly by the personal experiences of the three featured flamenco dancers in their travels to Spain over the last decade. Southern Spain, or Andalucia, is of course the mecca and spiritual home for professional flamencos in Australia, with many artists travelling regularly to undertake advanced courses, attend world famous festivals and live the flamenco lifestyle.

Flamenco itself is an all encompassing art form centered firmly on the four pillars of flamenco; Cante (song), Palmas (percussion), Toque (guitar) and Baile (dance). Singers, guitarists and dancers all learn and perform Palmas in its true form of rhythmic hand clapping.

Nella RandoneHowever, this performance goes beyond showcasing some of Australia’s finest exponents of flamenco dance and guitar. Both of which are said to stem from the one source – El Cante (the song) and the way of singing, which is unique to each area. Flamenco song is a pure expression of life’s complexities and covers universal emotions from the deeply moving and poetic to the joyous, lighthearted and bawdy. Even the nonsensical and ridiculous can be expressed.

Singers are rare in Australia and yet they are the oldest and purest artists in flamenco, so this is a unique opportunity for Melbourne audiences to see a fantastic flamenco singer from Cadiz (an area famed for its forms of cantinas, romeras, mirabras, caracoles and alegrias).

Laura UheWhile its roots lie in a complex history of Gypsy, Moorish, Jewish and Andalucian folklore and musical influences, flamenco today is a highly evolved and complex art form that is guaranteed to rate as  one of the most captivating, inspiring and engaging performances you will ever witness.

Tres Cuadros will certainly exceed those expectations, with a strong list of local flamenco performers appearing on the Mechanic Institute stage.

Tomas Arroquero is a dazzling male virtuoso of extraordinary flamenco dance skill, who has spent the past 15 years developing and performing his repertoire throughout Spain. He will be collaborating with the renowned dancer Nella Randone and the superb Laura Uhe, another of Melbourne’s finest flamenco dance talents. Sharing the microphone with Pablo will be one Australia’s leading flamenco singers – Julie Pittle. The unique and passionate  sounds of flamenco guitar will be provided by Kieren Ray and on second guitar – Jamie Smith.

Tres CaudrosKieran Ray graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium in 1995 and has studied flamenco guitar extensively in Spain since 1996. Kieran also tours with Brisbane’s Flamenco Fire and Melbourne’s Arte Kanela.

All of these artists have a long-standing relationship with this ancient and evolving art form. Tres Cuadros will be an exciting event for both seasoned lovers of flamenco and the uninitiated.


  • Thursday April 14th at 8pm
  • Friday April 15th at 8pm
  • Saturday April 16th at 8pm
  • Sunday April 17th at 5pm

$40 ($35 Concession)
Call 03 9388 1942

VENUE: Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre. Corner Glenlyon & Sydney Roads
Brunswick, Melbourne

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