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“Echoes of Spain” a rousing performance

Flamenco is a form of Spanish folk music and dance from the region of Andalucia in southern Spain. “Flamenco reflects the emotions we all share – sometimes despair, sometimes amazement at the joys of life,” said artistic director Susana di Palma, who founded the Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre in Minneapolis in 1982. She also choreographed the 70-minute performance Monday at Armory Square. Three flamenco dancers – Jesus Muñoz, Deborah Elias (shown at right) and Colette Illarde – kept a sold-out audience riveted. Guitarist Jose Valle “Chuscales” accompanied the dancers, along with the soaring vocals of flamenco singer Vicente Griego. “The singing is the poetry of Spain,” said di Palma. Bringing the artform to Park Rapids was a year-long process, noted Park Rapids librarian Jodi Schultz in her introduction. The event was made possible through Kitchigami Regional Library’s Legacy Funds and a Minnesota State Arts Board grant.