“Why Flamenco and Indian music?” It is a popular theory that the Roma people, who have greatly contributed to the creation and culture of flamenco, came from Northern India to Andalucía many centuries ago. Through this show, Deborah ” La Caramelita ” performs an initiatory journey in search of her origins but also a reconstruction of bridges that had disappeared between flamenco and its Roma-Indian roots.
From the beginning of the performance and after a few seconds of observation, the viewer will think “but where are the Indian musicians?” This is the challenge that the four versatile musicians wanted to take up. They have researched bridges between flamenco and certain Indian styles, but using their own capacity as artists. The result isn’t an Indian flamenco fusion show but rather a personal story told using both elements.
ABOUT DEBORAH “LA CARAMELITA” – www.lacaramelita-flamenco.com
As a first generation Canadian, born to Malaysian parents of South Indian descent, for over 10 years Deborah “La Caramelita” has enchanted international audiences with her unique style of dance. Deborah’s arresting movements take inspiration from the sensuality in flamenco, latin passion and her Indian heritage. The versatility of this young dancer has taken her worldwide (Ecuador, Portugal, Canada, Spain, Malaysia, Russia, Morocco, France, Switzerland) alongside renown artists.
Deborah “La Caramelita” began her flamenco journey in Vancouver, where she grew up. Her passion lead her to Andalucía, Spain where she studied with exceptional dancers such as Juana Amaya, Andres Peña, Mercedes Ruiz and others. After having lived and studied intensely in Andalucía for several years, she moved to France where she has an active dance performance and teaching career, but she often returns to the cradle of flamenco in Spain to perfect her art with renowned masters of flamenco dance.
With respect to her Indian heritage, Deborah “La Caramelita” has created many parallels to these rich origins in her dance. It is said that the Gypsies who established, and continue to guard the essential character of flamenco, came from India. As a young Indian growing up in Canada, this history drew Deborah to flamenco and remains an important part of her artistic influence. In her most recent artistic endeavors, she reconnects with her past by integrating the influences of classical Indian dance into flamenco.