Yes, you read that correctly. It is the end of our third week here and only now are we able to stop for a moment and say hello.
We arrived on August 20th and hit the ground running, but more on that to follow as I have to somehow keeping you coming back.
Let us start by introducing ourselves. We are Niurca Marquez and Jose Luis Rodriguez, also known as Nu Flamenco Collaborative.
And as you may have guessed, we are flamenco artists. We’re not what you would call conventional. As a matter of fact, many of you would not recognize some of our work as flamenco, but that’s ok because it’s not really important right now. That’s a conversation for later in the game.
Welcome to The History House New Smyrna.
I, Niurca, am a choreographer and dancer and the project I’m proposing explores cultural memory and how it is passed down from one generation to the next. I am already immersing myself in this amazing community and drawing out stories and legends, habits and happenings, symbols and landscapes, that in some ways define it, both as separate pieces and as a whole.
Jose Luis is already busy recording natural sounds and community members describing flamenco.
The materials we collect, both physical and not, will be incorporated into a performance/installation at Harris House, turning it into New Smyrna’s History House. Film and visual artist Dinorah de Jesus Rodriguez who participated in The History House - Miami, will also be joining us in the journey, as well as, Noemi Luz, a dancer who worked with us in the first incarnation of this project The History House - Huelva (Spain).
And what do Huelva, Miami and New Smyrna have in common? Follow us and find out.