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La Forastera (The Outsider) show poster

La Forastera (The Outsider)

September 8–11 2022, Mainspace Theatre

Running Time: 90 minutes
All ages

Written and Performed by Lia Grainger

LA FORASTERA (The Outsider) is the newest theatrical flamenco dance work from Flamencolia Dance Company, and was created by award-winning flamenco dancer, choreographer and artistic director Lia Grainger.

La Forastera tells the story of an artist out of place, of what it means to tear up one’s own roots in the hopes of embodying the culture of another country and its people. It is a love story, between an artist and an art form. It is a true story. With live dance and music, text, narration, projections, and documentary film, La Forastera weaves a tale of transformation, from emulation to actualization.

Lia will perform accompanied by Dora Mavor Moore award-winning guitarist Nicolas Hernandez, French flamenco singer Alejandro Mendía, and percussionist Matias Recharte.

Imagery for La Forastera was created by filmmaker David Grimes on location in Seville, Spain. Flamenco maestros Oscar Nieto and Carmen Romero provided choreographic oversight, with creative input on text and script from Canadian poets Linda Besner and Katherine Leyton. La Forastera was created with support from Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council, and is co-presented by Flamencolia Dance Company and FabCollab.

Special thanks: To Oscar Nieto, Carmen Romero, Linda Besner and Katherine Leyton for their invaluable creative input, and to Esmeralda Enrique for allowing me to create this work in her space.

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Intense. Passionate. Emotional.

The London Free Press

Right now, Grainger is into pushing boundaries.

The Hamilton Spectator

Grainger has made a reputation for herself with her energetic performances and skillful improvisations.

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