Alejandra Pau reports for Pagina Siete:
The Bolivian “bailaora” which was enshrined in the birthplace of the flamenco
[“bailaora” is dancer in Spanish pronunciation, that makes straight reference to this type of art]
The orureña Lorena Ayala has earned, through dance, recognition in various stages of the world.
Takes flamenco in the “bone” The taste for dancing since childhood took in her youth to experience various types of dance At age 17, began her studies to become the Bolivian “dancer” who conquered stages in several countries; she excelled as an artist and opened a studio in Seville, Spain.
The orureña Lorena Ayala Rocabado, 36, gave workshops, danced and presented her shows on stages in Spain, Belgium, Mexico, United States, Belize, Bolivia and Chile. A few weeks ago came to Bolivia to work on various projects. [picture was taken at a workshop in the US]
In 2009, the Andalusian Agency for the Development of Flamenco by the Ministry of Culture of Spain; the Embassy of Bolivia in Spain and other entities financed the presentation of her first show in Spain Flamenco Spain, from South to South -Freedom Roads.
The dance, from school age, was something she felt in the depths of her being and it was latent in her life until age 17, when she emigrated to Santiago de Chile to study psychology.
“It was a need I felt in my soul. I wanted to explore and parallel to study dance. They showed me many magical events that led me to find this path in art. I started studying flamenco at Jeaninne Albornoz’ School” recalls Ayala.
From the beginning, flamenco was a dance that felt as “very own.” Considering herself being a very passionate self, lives intensely love, anger, sadness and other emotions that often have been difficult to express in her daily live.
Through dance, managed to release these feelings and catharsis, but at the same time, she learned to control her emotions through the discipline that requires execution.
Flamenco is a Spanish genre of music and dance, as it is known today, was generated in Andalusia in the eighteenth century, although there are other hypotheses about its origin. Its growth and development is linked to the gipsy ethnic.
Months after starting her studies in Chile, was invited to join the Flamenco Vivo chamber group, at school she attended, a group comprised of professionals. She also participated in a national Flamenco contest.
Slowly, doors at festivals were opened to her and began dancing professionally in places like the first “tablao” of Chile. The next step was to become a teacher thanks to an invitation.
In search of the essence
Around 2000, she went to Seville in Andalusia, Spain. The trip was wonderful developer and the culture, people, and everything she did not know about flamenco. Later, she returned to Chile for her thesis in psychology and created her company Andares Flamencos, with which she came to Bolivia to present her show Colores Morenos.
After graduating as a psychologist, in 2004, she went to Mexico. Later decided to go after the essence of flamenco.
“In 2007, I decided that dancing was what I wanted to do in my life and that would be in the birthplace of flamenco in Andalusia, where families that carry this tradition are. That was my goal. I went to Spain to understand the essence that this dance had” says.
At that time, she met Angelita Vargas, one of the “dancers” which constitutes a pillar of flamenco. The way of life of this woman, her family and even her cooking was a great lesson for Ayala.
In 2009, presented Flamenco South-South-Paths of Freedom, inspired by the independence of peoples in Latin America, which was webcast. For this Bolivian “dancer” making a spectacle in a Seville stage was an important achievement on a personal level. That filled her with satisfaction being a foreign artist in Spain defending her work.
She opened her own dance studio called Tu Punto Flamenco [Your Flamenco Point], currently open, and also works with the largest school in Seville called Flamenqueria.
This cultural manager and a declared dreamer, who has always believed that she can change the world, realized that she could offer something different in their interpretations and as a teacher. She, unlike people born in the cradle of this dance, had to walk a path of exploration and study for 20-year career.
Her eyes and the way she lives her dance called the attention of several international dance academies. She has been invited by several dance schools to give flamenco workshops in countries like Belgium and Russia.
She recalls that her best professional memories are in Granada, Spain, where she worked in “tablaos” and the caves of Sacromonte, emblematic places where flamenco is danced, where she worked and shared with artists of great stature as the “singer” Juan Ramirez, in turn, shared the stage with virtuoso Paco de Lucía, as well as “dancers” as Ana Cali and Mercedes Moron.
The seduction, strength, passion of flamenco are for this Bolivian “dancer” who managed to gain a place in the cradle of flamenco, the space where her emotions flow, is her temple ceremony … home.
A community of flamenco in La Paz
The “dancer” Lorena Ayala returned to Bolivia few weeks ago and is working on several projects that aims to involve artists in the country.
The shows she does at this time of her life are related to the use of language that fuses flamenco criteria of psychology. Currently working on a project with actor Daniel Aguirre, to be submitted in Finland in July 2015.
Another objective of her arrival in Bolivia is promoting the creation of a community or association that brings together flamenco artists in the country, so that a recognition process needs to be generated, in addition to growth, opportunities and exchange of knowledge.
To learn more about this orureña artist and her career, you can access her website: www.lorenaayala.com.
I welcome Lorena Ayala Rocabado, born in Oruro to The Hall of Bolivian Fame!