Among its many roles, Tarrytown’s The Pocantico Center, which is managed by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, offers cultural events and lectures to the public as part of its support of artists and arts organizations in the greater New York City area. These programs aren’t chosen by the Fund, but rather by other non-profit arts organizations that nominate artists for performances and residencies. While the Fund’s support was previously limited to organizations in New York City, July 18 marks the first event that presents an artist based on a Westchester organization’s participation in the nomination process. Among the artists nominated by ArtsWestchester was flamenco dancer and choreographer Rebeca Tomás and her company A Palo Seco.
Under the artistic direction of Tomás, who was named one of ArtsWestchester’s “50 for 50” artists when the organization celebrated its 50th anniversary, the group will perform flamenco styles that range from the masculine Las Farrucas to the improvisational Bulerias on the Kykuit tennis lawn stage on July 18. Often performing with only singing or percussive accompaniment, Tomas is hailed for her ability to present the traditions of flamenco with an innovative and modern context. For more info, visit: rbf.org.
Watch Rebeca Tomás and her company A Palo Seco perform:
Left image: Rebeca Tomás (photo credit: Lee Wexler)
A version of this article first appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at artsw.org/artsnews.