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Creator and dancer Teresa Lorenzo is performing at 9:00 pm on Thursday, the 4th at Sala de Cámara del Teatro Leal de La Laguna. The show, Claros del bosque, marks the end of the artist’s residency at Laboratorio de Artes Vivas Tenerife LAV of Cabildo de Tenerife, which started on 10 June. Admission is free.

Apart from the staging, the contemporary dance teacher and higher audio-visual technician took part in the Tenerife LAV Encuentros scheme on the outskirts of town in which the guest artist shares work tools, processes and points of views with different groups.

Teresa Lorenzo worked with Metamorfosis, the performing arts group of the Sociedad Insular para la Promoción con Discapacidad (Sinpromi), made up by people who have been diagnosed with serious mental health disorders, which is coordinated by Beatriz Bello.

To work in Claros del bosque Teresa Lorenzo starts from the idea that “the magic gift of the body is stated by the power of its presence”. “This faculty could perhaps be considered to be inborn or learnt from its own nature; if it is learnt, we can conclude, from a magic thinking stance, that it speaks the same language”, the Canarian creator reflects.

The approach for these sessions starts in Orpheus’s singing to address what came first, where everything has its roots, which in this case is sheer shamanism. According to the myth, it is a slow, relaxing chant which apparently, has very little or nothing to do with the usual music played by magicians and shamans of other cultures, where percussion prevails.

His chant has hypnotic powers whose aim is to soothe the spirit, something related to one of the basic principles of magic.  We are referring to imitative or sympathetic magic, which is based on the metaphysical belief that like acts on like, hence Orpheus’s purifying music or the harmonized body of a performer, via the process of imitative magic, would calm down the souls or the moods of those who are listening to his chant or looking at her movement and stillness. 

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Dance is one of the major artforms in the programme of Mercado de las Artes Performativas del Atlántico Sur, MAPAS 2019, to be held from 10 to 14 July. A total of 11 shows will bring to the audience, in an open and participative way, the proposals created in six countries in Africa, Latin America and southern Europe.

This project, which is organised by Cabildo de Tenerife, unahoramenos and Circulart, is now established as an international hotspot for the performing arts created in the South Atlantic which also includes a programme of free shows for the public. 58 creators and groups from 23 countries will have the chance to exhibit their professional work to the public and programmers for five days in a row on the main cultural venues in the city.

The performers include 10 dance groups who will put on 11 shows at different stages in Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín. They are bringing innovative, committed or poetic proposals that exalt the essence of the art of movement.  Spain is the widest represented country in MAPAS with six creators, three of which are Canarian; Cameroon, Togo, Egypt, Mexico and Mali are each represented by one artist or group.

The opening of the third MAPAS is by Lava -Auditorio de Tenerife’s dance company- who at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, 10 July are presenting Abisal at Sala Sinfónica. The piece was created by Lava’s artistic director Daniel Abreu and in it, six dancers bring to life a deep and pure geography of water set in the midst of sediments, air, shadows, calmness, unimaginable fauna –a place that is impossible to inhabit.

The proposals Be Yours Be Mine and Serenity Suite, by Natalia Medina Compañía de Danza and Cía.Matxalen Bilbao, respectively, will fill Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Castillo with expression and emotion on 11 July. We can see contemporary African creativity with Qué importa el abismo, by Ella Poema of Aída Colmenero Díaz’ multidisciplinary project on Friday, the 12th at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Castillo; on the same day and stage Zora Snake, dancer, choreographer and artist from Cameroon is presenting Le depart, plus Alicia Soto-Hojarasca’s contemporary dance and creation company is putting on Estudio 3: Miradas.

On Saturday, 13 July we’ll have the chance to see pieces featuring a wide range of aesthetics, staging and themes. Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Castillo is hosting the performances What about Dante by Mounir Saeed/Cramp Group (Egypt) and Fatou t’as tout fait, by Fatoumata Bagayoko – Cie Jiriladon (Mali); at Sala Sinfónica the Mexican company Nemian Danza Escénica is presenting La caída al vacío; and in Plaza Castillo Lava is putting on the piece by Paloma Hurtado 15º al Oeste.

MAPAS artistic shows will once again give us to chance to learn about the work done at Danza en Comunidad, Auditorio de Tenerife’s social project, which on Sunday morning is putting on the piece Adosados in Plaza Castillo.

The performances and showcases are available on the website and on the free app that can be downloaded for IOS and Android mobiles. You can see all the information on MAPAS shows and talks and get all the news relevant to the audience and the Market participants.

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Auditorio de Tenerife is hosting the musical West Side Story this week with five performances in three days. The Broadway classic can be enjoyed at Sala Sinfónica and it includes a wide range of dancers, singers and musicians who are playing live at 8:30 pm on Thursday, the 4th; Friday, the 5th and Saturday, the 6th with two sessions each day, at 6:00 pm and at 10:00 pm.

The show producer, Juan José Rivero, revealed that “the audience is going to see the greatest musical of all times masterfully performed by 37 artists on stage, 20 musicians plus a staging that needs more than 40 people plus 25 technicians on tour”. One of the artists is Tenerife-born dancer Ana Acosta, who has worked in shows like 40, el musical, or Marta tienen un marcapasos, by Hombres G.

Recognised as one of the most important and representative musicals of universal theatre, this show features a score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, text by Arthur Laurens and Jerome Robbins’s original choreographies.

The story takes Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to the city of New York, where two young lovers are trapped by the conflicts of two street gangs, the Americans Jet and the Puerto Ricans Shark. Their fight for survival in an atmosphere of hatred, violence and prejudices, shapes one of the most exciting and beautiful stories in musical theatre.

Tickets are on sale in Auditorio de Tenerife usual sale channels: at the box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday, except holidays; via www.auditoriodetenerife.com or calling 902 317 327.

The first West Side Story production, which was produced by Robert E. Griffith and Harold Prince, premiered on 26 September 1957 at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York, where it was performed 1000 times. Both in New York and London, the musical has been produced again twice (on Broadway in 1980 and 2009 and at the West End in 1997 and 2008), adding one more Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical; a Drama Desk Award, a Theatre World Award and even a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. West Side Story has been put on in more than 30 countries.

The film was premiered in 1961, starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn. It was nominated to 11 Oscar awards and took 10, including one for Best Film. It is the fourth film to have won more academy awards. It also got 5 nominations to the Golden Globe and won three.

The film boasts yet one more record thanks to its soundtrack, as it is the record that has been nº 1 longest on the US charts. Steven Spielberg is currently in the production process of the remake of this iconic film, which will be out next year.

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Ópera de Tenerife started the VI Concurso Internacional de Canto [6th International Singing Competition] on Sunday, 30 June at 4:00 pm in Auditorio de Tenerife. It will go on until Thursday, the 4th when it will close with the Award-Winners Concert. This year, fifty candidates from twenty-five different countries have entered the competition in a contest whose aim is to become a platform for the artistic and professional development of participants.

Most candidates come from Spain, which totals thirteen singers, including five Canarian artists. There are also four singers from the United Kingdom and Russia; three from Germany and two from Belorussia, Chile, South Korea, the United States, and Venezuela, plus one candidate from Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Guatemala, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Turkey.

The candidates have prepared five arias of their choice which will be tested in different tessitura in the qualifying phases from 30 June to 2 July. The final is taking place at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, the 3rd. Each participant will sing an aria chosen by the jury or a zarzuela aria if competing for the Premio María Orán. Admission is free.

The Premio María Orán is for the best interpretation of a zarzuela aria. With this award Ópera de Tenerife does not only pay tribute to the memory of the Tenerife artist, but it also encourages the internationalization of opera in Spanish. Candidates must perform a role of one of the zarzuela titles in the Ópera de Tenerife season, according to the specific needs of each title and voice and stage suitability.

There will be three cash-prices of 5,000, 3,000 and 1,000 euros respectively. There is an honorary Extraordinary Audience Award to be voted by the audience present in the final. Also, the various artistic directors attending the show will offer roles in their season productions according to the artists suitability and the productions’ requirements.

As always, the award-winners will give a concert on Thursday, 4 July at 7:30 pm at Sala de Cámara in Auditorio de Tenerife with maestro Dario Tondelli. Tickets for this concert are now on sale through the usual sales channels of Auditorio de Tenerife – at the box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday; via www.auditoriodetenerife.com or by phone on 902 317 327.

The competition has a jury of international prestige led by Giovanna Lomazzi, vice-president of As.li.co.(Italy); Paulo Abrão Esper,  general and artistic director of Ópera São Paulo (Brazil); Martín Boschet, executive director of Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires (Argentina); Alessandro di Gloria, casting manager and musical director assistant at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo and casting consultant of the Teatro Real de Madrid (Italy/Spain); Cristina Ferrari,  artistic director of the Fondazione Teatri di Piacenza (Italy); Carmen Gloria Larenas, artistic director of Teatro del Lago de Frutillar (Chile); Fulvio Macciardi, director general of Teatro Comunale di Bologna (Italy); Alejandra Martí, executive director of OLA (Chile); Javier Menéndez, director general of Teatro de la Maestranza in Sevilla (Spain); Andrés Rodríguez-Spoerer, artistic director of the Área Música de la Fundación Ibáñez Atkinson (Chile), and Cristiano Sandri, head of artistic programming at Teatro Regio di Parma (Italy).

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Tenerife is hosting the third Mercado de las Artes Performativas del Atlántico Sur [South Atlantic Performing Arts Market], MAPAS 2019 from 10 to 14 July. The event has become an international hotspot for the performing arts and music created in Africa, Latin America and southern Europe. Artists and heads of programming from all over the world are joining us again this year.

This festival of culture and live arts was presented today at a press conference by the President of the Cabildo, Carlos Alonso; the Island Director for Culture and Education, José Luis Rivero; the acting local Minister for Culture of the Government of the Canary Islands, Aurelio González; the first Deputy Mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Matilde Zambudio; the Director of Circulart, Octavio Arbeláez; and the Director of unahoramenos, Mario Vega.

Alonso highlighted “three things” about MAPAS. On the one hand, “the audiences, who from the very start welcomed the event and have grown with time; they have guaranteed the continuity of the market through their encouraging presence.”. Secondly, “it positions the island’s productions in the world arena, in an open, global, and diverse environment”. And finally, he praised the growth of the market which has led to management agencies joining it for the first time this year, “as an important feature to add power to MAPAS”, in addition to the increase of the “number of participants from other regions”.

José Luis Rivero underlined that MAPAS “is now established as a platform of the Canarian performing arts in the world as well as a platform of the world’s performing arts that takes place in the Canary Islands”. “The tricontinental confluence comes true in Tenerife”, he added. He also explained that the investment return last year was quite good as it was around 5 million euros, averaging more than 1,000 euros per visitor and 300 euros per Canarian resident.

Unahoramenos manager, Mario Vega, revealed the details of MAPAS programme to take place for five days in different venues in Santa Cruz. He pointed out that special relevance has been given to “sustainability and practices that generate the least environmental impact possible in the city”.

Octavio Arbeláez highlighted that “Tenerife is a privileged meeting point” to stage MAPAS, which is a project that “shows to the world that we create from diversity”. This third year is “very special”, he added, because it looks into network working, into the strategies of collaborative work.

Matilde Zambudio was happy to have Santa Cruz de Tenerife as “the common ground for MAPAS, whose third year provides a new opportunity to move ahead toward international cultural markets”. The acting local Minister for Culture of the Government of the Canary Islands, Aurelio González, stated that “MAPAS is a project that focuses on creativity” and we need “motivating meetings that contribute to encourage it”.

The figures of MAPAS 2019, organised by the Cabildo de Tenerife, unahoramenos y Circulart are again, very good and show high rate of participation: 138 art and music groups from 27 countries, 30 management agencies and 149 heads of programming and cultural managers of 40 different nations.

This professional market includes business meetings, academic activities, international institutional meetings and artistic shows open to the public. For five days, it will take up the main artistic venues in Santa Cruz to display a full programme that highlights the articulation of cooperation networks and joint work.

The performances and showcases are available on the website and on the free app that can be downloaded for IOS and Android mobiles. You can see all the information on MAPAS shows and talks and get all the news relevant to the audience and the Market participants.

The 138 artistic groups and the 30 management agencies can meet the nearly 150 programmers and cultural managers to find business and distribution opportunities for their shows and reach collaboration agreements. The fast business meetings will be held at TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes on Friday, the 12th and Saturday, the 13th July from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. In these brief meetings, 12 minutes long, artists will have the chance to show their creations to heads of programming from 40 countries. Last year, some 3,500 professional meetings were held leading to many later agreements.

Also, a total of 58 artists and groups from 23 countries will have the chance to exhibit their professional work before the audience and the programmers in the artistic showcases to take place during the five days of the market. There are thirty performing arts shows (6 from Africa, 7 from Latin America, 9 from the Canaries, and 8 from other regions in Spain) and 28 are music performances (11 from Africa, 10 from Latin America, 5 from the Canaries and 2 from the rest of Spain). More than fifty artists and management agencies from the Canary Islands are taking part in MAPAS 2019, 14 of which are also showcasing their work.

TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Auditorio de Tenerife and grounds, La Granja Espacio de Creación, Teatro Guimerá, IES Alcalde Bernabé and Museo de la Naturaleza y la Arqueología (MUNA) are the venues for the business meetings, lectures, meetings, talks, round tables and theatre, dance, circus and music performances from the three continents.

A dance premiere for the opening show

The opening show this year will be by Lava -Auditorio de Tenerife dance company- whose artistic director, Daniel Abreu, has created and directed Abisal, a 60-minute piece to be premiered on Wednesday, 10 July at 8:00 pm in Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Sinfónica.

In the show, six dancers bring to life a deep and pure geography of water set in the midst of sediments, air, shadows, calmness, unimaginable fauna –a place that is impossible to inhabit. Daniel Abreu explains in his description of the piece that “love moves the world and every action of the six dancers goes towards it. I can only look at dance lovingly…in my imagination it leads me to the blue of the depths, to beautiful creatures and vast obsidian sediments or any other volcanic remains”.

MAPAS will honour its 2019 Cartógrafo Ilustre [Illustrious Cartographer], a distinction to be delivered to Hassane Kouyaté (Burkina Faso, 1964), griot, actor, percussionist, stage director and one of the great ambassadors of African culture who has shown that the distance imposed by oceans and borders means nothing when it comes to sharing art. He both has solid training and a wide-ranging register which have led him to a long prestigious career. Kouyaté has been key in making cultural geographical charts. The creative, socially committed shows of this figure of the performing arts has thrilled audiences of Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast, Niger, Mali, Senegal, Togo, Guinea, The Congo, Morocco, Argelia, Tunisia, Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil, Island of Réunion, Canada, the United States, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Spain, Austria, Germany and Cuba.

MAPAS will also have a wide professional and academic schedule including lectures by Sylvie Durán, minister of Culture and Youth of Costa Rica, who will talk about network working; and Daniela Bosé, a teacher and professional who will give us her view on the role of women in the music industry. At MAPAS there will be interesting debates on the advantages of cooperation in the cultural sphere and the performance of women in Latin American performing arts.

Debate de gallos

One of the highlighted round tables will be “Debate de gallos” [Cockdebate], a meeting of artists and social activists Serge Smockey Bambara and Henry Arteaga, known as El Jke, with journalist Nicolás Castellano as moderator.  Also, they are both performing on Saturday, 13 July. Bambara is a member of Smockey & The Agama Band, a rap band from Burkina Faso whose lyrics are politically and socially committed. He is also one of the creators of the social movement citizen’s broom, which was committed to the fall of dictator Blaise Compaore. Henry Arteaga El Jke is from the Colombian Crew Peligrosos, an artistic proposal that has given them a loyal audience thanks to their professional way of dealing with the stage. They are also known for their proposals of social construction from art.

For his part, the Cabildo de Tenerife’s Island Director for Culture, José Luis Rivero, will talk about the model of Tenerife in terms of the performing arts and music as well as about the challenges and opportunities for companies. His is one of the eight talks available during the market that deal with issues of interest for artists, heads of programming and cultural managers.

MAPAS, platform of international connections

In its third year, MAPAS is now established as a great forum of international scope for the cultural and creative industries and an international meeting point of live arts. In this context, the Encuentro de Redes [Networks Meeting], has been organised. It is bringing to Tenerife representatives of institutions and organisations that promote music and the performing arts worldwide.

Different associations and organisations related to the live arts business worldwide, such as Asociación para el Desarrollo de la Industria de la Música Iberoamericana (ADIMI), Global Music Market Network (GLOMNET) Secretaría General Iberoamericana (SEGIB), Red Eurolatinoamericana de Artes Escénicas (REDELAE) or Red de Teatros y Auditorios de España (REDESCENA) or Satélite Lat Mujeres de la Industria de la Música Latinoamericana, among others, will take part in Encuentro de Redes [Networks Meeting] to work towards the strengthening of the culture of internationalization of the artistic proposals and making creative industries solid through proposals based on innovation and consensus.

In this framework, where the networks of collaborative work are deeply looked into, a meeting of the Red Eurolatinoamericana de Artes Escénicas (REDELAE) will be held too. The Canary Islands will be represented by the Canarian Association of Performing Arts Companies Réplica, and Pie de base, the Canarian association of movement artists. Both organizations will make the most of the conditions offered by MAPAS to hold their respective members meeting and make contacts with agents who may be interested in joining them.

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Ópera de Tenerife presenta el último título de la temporada lírica: El Gato Montés, de Manuel Penella, que tendrá una sola representación mañana sábado [día 29] a las 19:30 horas en la Sala Sinfónica del Auditorio de Tenerife y para el que las entradas ya están agotadas. La magistral composición que narra el apasionante triángulo amoroso en una Andalucía de profundidad lorquiana estará bajo la dirección de Salvador Vázquez, que hace su debut en la ópera tinerfeña.

El director insular de Cultura, José Luis Rivero, comentó que “el lleno absoluto de esta función también responde al impulso en los abonos de Ópera de Tenerife, que ya hemos aumentado en un 45 por ciento”. “Esto demuestra que la ópera, el lenguaje musical escénico más completo, está más presente, viva y abierta que nunca”, explicó el director insular, quien afirmó que “el público está respondiendo a nuestros proyectos de Ópera de Tenerife”.

Para el director de escena, Raúl Vázquez, “es un sueño que un debutante como yo pueda llevar a escena con un equipo así una obra maestra como ésta y también es un honor y un privilegio, pero sobre todo un reto”. “Ojalá todas las casa de ópera valorasen las ideas como lo hace Ópera de Tenerife, dando oportunidades a gente nueva”, deseó el joven maestro, en cuya visión escénica se ha alejado de los tópicos buscando “espacios emocionales, más que físicos”.

Salvador Vázquez se colocará por primera vez al frente de la Sinfónica de Tenerife para este título. “Estaré eternamente agradecido a Ópera de Tenerife por esta oportunidad”, reconoció el director musical malagueño, quien lleva trabajando en el Auditorio de Tenerife un mes, en el que “he crecido muchísimo con estos grandes artistas: tienen una gran joya”. “Esta ópera española tiene referencias continuas a la música andaluza y se pueden reconocer saetas, seguidillas y sevillanas, entre otros”, analizó el maestro.

Mariola Cantarelo, con 20 años de carrera a sus espaldas, confiesa que “en Tenerife estoy en casa, me siendo parte de esta familia, donde todo se vive de forma muy intensa”. La soprano española cuenta que “todo el elenco nos llevamos muy bien y esa complicidad se nota en el escenario, donde nos dejamos el alma en cada función”. “Este papel es un regalo y que una andaluza cante el rol Soleá le puede aportar ese duende que necesita y que yo trato de darle”, reflexiona la cantante, quien comparte que “hemos trabajado mucho en un acento andaluz cerrado”.

El tenor Gillen Munguía empezó su carrera como cantante en esta isla dentro de Opera (e) Studio “y eso me ha abierto muchas puertas y ahora debuto con grandes artistas a los que siempre he admirado, como Luis Cansino, con cuya interpretación me enamoré de la lírica hace años”. “Siempre llevaré a Tenerife en mi corazón”, sentenció el joven cantante que interpreta a Rafael Ruiz.

Para Luis Cansino “la cultura es la base de todo en nuestra sociedad”. Este barítono que cumple 32 años de carrera explica que “aquí hay excelentes personas y al final eso es lo más importante”. “Doy las gracias a Ópera de Tenerife por lo que están haciendo, convirtiendo a esta isla en un faro en la lírica de este país”, sostuvo el cantante, que interpreta al personaje que da nombre a este título: Juanillo el Gato Montés.

El argumento de esta ópera popular en tres actos, con libreto del mismo Manuel Penella Moreno (Valencia, 1880 – Cuernavaca, México 1939), inspirada durante un viaje del compositor por tierras andaluzas y estrenada en el Teatro Principal de Valencia el 23 de febrero de 1916, narra la rivalidad entre el torero Rafael Ruiz, el Macareno, y el bandolero Juanillo, conocido como el Gato Montés, por el querer de una gitana, Soleá. Obra maestra del género, considerada el máximo exponente de las melodías populares líricas españoles de la época, contiene el famoso pasodoble ‘Torero quiero ser’, donde se recogen todos los tópicos del españolismo con fuertes tintes del andalucismo mágico.

La propuesta de Ópera de Tenerife cuenta con las voces de Mariola Cantarero [Soleá]; Sandra Ferrández [Gitana]; Marina Pardo [Frasquita]; Tairuma Méndez [Loliya]; Luis Cansino [Juanillo, el Gato Montés]; Gillen Munguía [Rafael Ruiz, el Macareno]; Alberto Camón [Padre Antón]; Axier Sánchez [Hormigón]; Borja Molina [Caireles y Pezuño]; Néstor Suárez [Recalcao]; Galilea Arias [Pastorcillo]; Joniker Brito [Vendedor] y Juan Carlos Afonso [Alguacilillo].

La propuesta de escenografía de Carlos Santos nos plantea la opresión del mundo en el que se ve envuelta Soleá. De esta manera, se verá una gran caja cerrada, representando el mundo masculino de Rafael, encorsetando a la figura femenina de la protagonista, representado por un gran giratorio central. En este espacio único, de lugar y tiempo “indeterminado”, aparecerán elementos fuera de escala, como el gran portón central, que ejercerá de vía de entrada y salida  a este mundo interior, por donde accederán los personajes y elementos que interfieren en la protagonista, o elementos icónicos que nos trasladarán de un acto a otro según el transcurso de la obra.

A través del vestuario, con la firma de Massimo Carlotto, se ha buscado líneas mucho más depuradas y estilizadas para no caer en los tópicos andaluces sin perder la esencia de las características del folclore regional. Un punto de partida que tiene como inspiración la singular visión, sensual y fatalista del pintor Julio Romero de Torres.

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La Sala de Cámara de Auditorio de Tenerife acoge el jueves [día 27] a las 20:00 horas un concierto muy especial: la Escuela Coral de Tenerife celebra la clausura de su segunda temporada, en la que niños, jóvenes y adultos han participado con dos clases semanales entre los meses de octubre y junio. La entrada es libre hasta completar aforo.

Esta cita, en la que también participará el Coro Juvenil de Auditorio de Tenerife, servirá para poner a prueba el aprendizaje en canto, interpretación y percusión corporal que los casi cien alumnos han adquirido a lo largo del presente curso, impulsado nuevamente por el Cabildo Insular que, además, asumió su compromiso con esta formación con la inauguración de nuevas salas dedicadas íntegramente al ejercicio de la actividad coral en el Auditorio.

En el concierto, que tendrá una duración aproximada de noventa minutos, se abordará un repertorio contemporáneo, con algunas piezas de góspel, música sacra y música popular de diferentes regiones y países. Será un repertorio marcado también por el paso  por la Escuela de directores de renombre nacional e internacional, como Josu Elberdin, Basilio Astulez, Pedro Teixeira, Juan Manuel Brarda, Vanina Fernández y Esteban Conde; que han ofrecido actividades especiales, contribuyendo a reforzar el aprendizaje en áreas como la interpretación, la técnica vocal o la expresión corporal.

Para Roxana Schmunk, directora de la Escuela, este segundo curso ha servido para “afianzar el proyecto”, que ha crecido en componentes tanto en el grupo infantil como en el prejuvenil, con la gran sorpresa en cuanto a acogida del nuevo coro adulto, que reúne dos tardes en semana a más de cincuenta personas, demostrando que existe una inquietud por aprender música en este grupo de edad.

“La educación en música es una gran olvidada en nuestra sociedad y estamos muy orgullosos de poder ofrecer esta formación, que abre a las personas la posibilidad de introducirse en el mundo musical, con todos los beneficios  que ello conlleva, de manera gratuita”, explica Schmunk, quien concluye afirmando que “cantar en coro nos ayuda a canalizar nuestras emociones y a expresarnos de manera mucho más creativa”.

La Escuela Coral de Tenerife prepara ya su tercer curso, con fecha de arranque en el próximo mes de octubre y en el que se impulsará como novedad el grupo joven, una oportunidad para formar nuevos miembros para el Coro Juvenil de Auditorio de Tenerife; metido de lleno tras solo tres años de existencia en concursos internacionales de gran nivel.

En el mes de septiembre se repetirá convocatoria de inscripciones, con el precedente de la realizada en este mismo mes de junio, en la que el grupo adulto ha duplicado su número de participantes.

La actividad de la Escuela también continuará en verano, con el Campamento Coral de Tenerife que se desarrollará del 1 al 5 de julio y que también ofrecerá un concierto final el 5 de julio en el Salón de Actos del IES La Laboral de La Laguna.

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At 8:00 pm on Thursday the 27th Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala de Cámara is hosting a very special concert: Escuela Coral de Tenerife’s closing event. In the school’s second season, kids, youths and adults have attended two classes per week from October to June. Admission to the event is free.

The show, also featuring Coro Juvenil de Auditorio de Tenerife [Auditorio de Tenerife Young Choir], will test what the nearly one hundred students have learned about singing, interpretation and body percussion during the year. The course is promoted by the Island’s Cabildo that has also shown its commitment to this training by opening new rooms exclusively dedicated to choral singing at Auditorio.

The concert will last for approximately ninety minutes and it will include contemporary repertoire with some gospel, sacred, and popular music from different regions and countries. This repertoire is also marked by the visits of conductors of national and international renown like Josu Elberdin, Basilio Astulez, Pedro Teixeira, Juan Manuel Brarda, Vanina Fernández and Esteban Conde; these professionals have offered special activities, thus contributing to reinforce the learning of areas like interpretation, voice technique and body language.

In the point of view of school director Roxana Schmunk, in this second year the “project has been reinforced”, the number of members in the children and pre-juvenile groups has grown plus the new adult choir has had an amazingly good reception. More than fifty people get together twice a week, proof of how eager people in this age group are to learn music.

“Education in music has traditionally been neglected in our community and we are proud to offer this training, which opens the door to the chance of getting involved in the world of music and all the benefits it entails, at no cost”, Schmunk explains to then conclude by saying “singing in a choir helps us to channel our emotions and express ourselves more creatively”.

The Escuela Coral de Tenerife is now preparing its third course which is to start next October. As a novelty, it will be including a young group, a chance to train new future members of the Coro Juvenil de Auditorio de Tenerife, which is fully immersed in top-level international competitions despite being just three years old.

A new application period will be available in September, after the call held this June, in which the adult group doubled its number of participants.

The activity of the Escuela continues in the summer with the Tenerife Choral Camp taking place from 1 to 5 July, which also includes a concert at the end of the camp, on 5 July at Salón de Actos of IES La Laboral de La Laguna.

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Auditorio de Tenerife is hosting the premiere of  The Way, the third album by the marimba and cello tandem Socos Dúo. The presentation of the new compositions by Tenerife musicians César Martín and Ciro Hernández is taking place at 7:30 pm next Friday, the 28th at Sala de Cámara.

Consistent with their innovative style, they have put together a repertoire that highlights influences ranging from ancestral to modern, incorporating electronic elements that blend with their sound, marked by the marimba and the cello.

With two records in the market and a ten-year career, Socos Dúo go on with their work inspired by the concept of path as they see their music as a route, a journey starting off at the first note and not stopping in time, taking up a sound space that aims at trapping the audience and sharing with them sensations and emotions.

Socos Dúo, which was set up in January 2008, steers away from convention and looks at jazz, folklore, post-minimalism and their passion for new sounds which has led them to research and feed on different sources to produce a distinct and personal repertoire.

Tickets can be purchased through the usual Auditorio de Tenerife sale channels: at the box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday except holidays, via www.auditoriodetenerife.com  or by phone on 902 317 327.

In March 2014 Socos Duo’s first record These times we are living came out, making it clear that both instruments are perfect tandem. In 2017 they premiere Mantra, going further down the path they took on their first record and creating their own repertoire in the company of the unusual timbre of Uìyanga Bold, a young and old voice at once that reflects ancestral traditions permeable to new currents.

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MAPAS 2019 [South Atlantic Performing Arts Market] will welcome 150 head of programming and cultural managers coming from 40 countries worldwide to take part in the third year of this international event, which is taking place from 10 to 14 July. They can have professional meetings here with 166 artistic groups and agencies from 35 African, Latin American and Southern European countries and see 60 shows during this five-day event.

The fast business meetings –brief professional meetings of programmers, artists and agencies- will be held at TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes on 12 and 13 July. In addition, there will also be a full professional programme including training, circulation activities and debates with internationally relevant speakers. Meetings with institutions connected to music and the performing arts from all over the world are also taking place.

A large proportion of programmers registered for MAPA 2019 come from Southern Europe (Spain, France and Portugal) and Latin America, in addition to many programming heads coming from Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

There is also a large representation of programmers coming from Africa as professionals are joining us from Cape Vert, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Niger or South Africa, among other. MAPAS 2019 is also welcoming programmers from South Korea, Australia, Germany, Canada, the US, Slovenia, the UK, Georgia, Ireland and Romania. 

Last year, in MAPAS 2018 more than 3,500 business meetings were held between programmers and artists from three continents. Also, more than 16,000 people attended the shows open to the public.

Both the artists and the programmers registered to take part in this year’s MAPAS can be seen on the website www.mapasmercadocultural.com

MAPAS, organised by the Cabildo de Tenerife, unahoramenos and Circulart will once again make Tenerife an international spot for the performing arts and music, taking up the main cultural venues in the city in a venture than combines professional management and artistic exhibition, training and analysis with the aim of giving international scope to the proposals of creators from Africa, Latin America and Southern Europe and strengthen the structure of creative industries.

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Auditorio de Tenerife is offering the eighth Hula workshop -the traditional Hawaiian dance- from 24 June to 5 July. Yurena Namahana approaches Hawaiian culture through its dance and music, and the workshop also offers participants the chance to learn songs, steps and the traditional costumes of this island in the Pacific. You can enrol by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

There are three types for adults and one for children. A show is put on at the end of the workshop, at 9:00 pm on 5 July, so that participants can display what they have learnt. It will take place at Sala de Cámara in Auditorio and admission is free.

The classes for adult women, called Hula Wāhine, are on 24, 26 & 28 June, 1, 3 & 5 July and it is held at different times to suit all levels, although participants can enrol in all the workshops if they wish.

So, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm is the timetable for the advanced level - the Hula Kahiko- Ancestral Hula with a strong, vigorous dance in honour of King Kamehameha, the Great. On the same dates but from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, there is Hula for all levels, ‘Auwana, Contemporary Hula with a joyful, elegant dance on a beautiful place of Oʻahu.

Finally, Hula Keiki, is taking place on 25 & 27 June, 2 & 4 July, for children aged from 8 to 12. This is an ancestral dance about the beauty of the world dedicated to children. This activity is part of the Educational and Social Area of Auditorio de Tenerife, with the collaboration of Fundación Cepsa and Obra Social “la Caixa”.

In the Hula workshops participants will learn the Oli Aloha, an Aloha chant that carries the true feeling of the Aloha spirit; Hula basic steps and its Hawaiian names, accompanied by the Ipu Heke (a traditional instrument); and a whole Hula Kahiko: ancestral Hula or Hula ‘Auwana: contemporary Hula. You will also have the chance to buy a Hula dance skirt and Hawaiian Pareos.

Yurena Namahana was born and bred in Tenerife, Canary Islands, where aged two she went on stage for the first time, thus starting her dancing, singing and performing career. She lived in O‘ahu, Hawaii from 2006 to 2018 to connect with her Pacific roots. She studied ancestral Hula and in 2010 became the first Kumu Hula, Hula teacher of the Canaries and Spain.

She has danced and given Hula workshops in Hawaii, New Zealand, Japan, Málaga, Tenerife and Gran Canaria.  Yurena Namahana has also led ceremonies for different dignitaries, including distinguished judges, the bishop president of the US episcopal church and the governor of Hawaii.

She has taken part in several major documentaries about Hula and for six years she was the Kumu Hula of a famous private school in Honolulu, teaching more than 350 students. Yurena Namahana currently shares the Aloha through the Hula in her classes and performances in the Canary Islands.

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Cabildo de Tenerife’s cultural centre, Auditorio de Tenerife, opens today 19 June, the enrolment period to take part in the 2019-20 season Escuela del Espectador. The course is aimed at citizens who need not have prior knowledge but wish to improve on their skills in the artistic languages included in the programme offered at the Auditorio. This activity is part of the Tenerife 2030 strategy fostered by the Cabildo.

The main goal of the programme is to carry out a learning process that in the medium term enables participants to deepen their knowledge of the different aspects involved in opera, dance and music shows. It also gives them the chance to attend for free some of the events held at Auditorio de Tenerife with a view to motivating analysis and reflection, offering pre-show talks for each of the genres so that they become active audience members.

If you are interested in participating in the 2019/2020 course please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 2:00 pm on 10 July 2019 enclosing the following questionnaire once you have filled it in:

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Participants selected for the new Escuela del Espectador will be announced on 22 July.

The course starts on 10 September at 7:30 pm in Auditorio de Tenerife. During the year, meetings, which will take place once a fortnight at 7:00 pm and last for 90 minutes, will alternate sessions with the project coordinator, Iván Morales, and talks with artists and creators.

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