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May 2, 2005 // UPDATED 1:54 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Anna Pratt
Anna Pratt

Nobody expects theBlack Legend

The Spanish inquisition is the backdrop to Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theater's flamenco performance "Tales of the Black Legend." Choreographer Susana di Palma drew from 400 years of persecution and combined it with more tangible examples of present-day intolerance and, finally, conveyed it in a flamenco ballet. Vividly, dance, music and drama come together to enliven a symbolic and athletic inquisition that takes place onstage.

Her authenticity comes from her training in Madrid, Spain (and elsewhere). This isn't the first time that di Palma's incorporated a true story into her imaginary one.

She's synthesized various histories with flamenco in other productions including "La Carcelera," about women's prison life; "Sadja," that pays homage to painter Frida Kahlo; "Gernika," about Picasso's "Guernica"; and a fun puppet show "Tra Ti Ti Tran."

- Th-Su May 5-8; Th-Sa 8 p.m.,
Su 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S.

Mother's Day

These Mother's Day events celebrate moms in totally diverse ways. First, a Sri Lankan American mother-daughter show off shared DNA and a tendency toward visual art with images about generational differences. Sumitra Wanduragala demonstrates her affection for her homeland and affinity for a new homeland in landscape paintings, while her daughter Chamindika's sketches deal more philosophically with the same turf, with renderings of the people that inhabit both of those places.

- Su May 8;
Sri Lankan Mother/Daughter 2-5 p.m.,
Mama Mosaic 7 p.m.
Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Ave. S.
Sri Lankan Mother/Daughter Free.

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