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Monday, June 29, 2020


(Katherine Anderson, Kevin Ellis, Senta Duffield, Linda Vargas, Sifiso Khumalo, Jabu Siphika & Mthoko Mkhwanazi. Photo by Val Adamson)

Linda Vargas Flamenco Dance Company on the vFringe of the National Arts Festival will be available until July 31, 2020, on

The Linda Vargas Flamenco Dance company has a special treat in store for lovers of dance and music around the world.

“We are very excited to join the vFringe programme of the National Arts Festival by presenting a never-before-seen recording of our 2018 performance Desert Flowers. Along with being able to watch a world-class performance, we also offer the added incentive that by purchasing a ticket you will also help raise funds for our home province of KZN Dance Teachers who have (and will continue to have) their income affected by COVID-19,” says Wesley Maherry who is a member of the dance company.

Desert Flowers, choreographed by Linda Vargas, is a reworking of the much-acclaimed 2004 production of the same name for Vida Flamenco the 35 year anniversary celebrations of the Linda Vargas Flamenco Dance Company at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in July 2018. Featuring special guests: Flatfoot Dance Company, Senta Duffield, Katherine Anderson and Kevin Ellis, it brings together a diverse range of dancers and musicians in a work that particularly locates Flamenco dancing and rhythm within the South African context. With a compelling score arranged and composed by Demi Fernandez, it also features musicians Neil Gonsalves, Martin Sigamoney and Bryan Stone.

Maherry continues: “We had been thinking of a way during this global pandemic to help out our friends and colleagues who have had their income affected, and the vFringe of the National Arts Festival is a perfect platform to allow you to watch a recording of a production that we are very proud of and speaks to our current times and at the same contribute to a very worthy cause. Tickets cost only R25 and all proceeds will be distributed to teachers in need in the province.”

You can access Desert Flowers on the National Arts Festival’s vFringe (as well as the full curated programme) through their website – vFringe content will be available for the whole month of July. Users will need to register their details and then be able to purchase a ticket through their secure online platform.

Desert Flowers acknowledges the sponsorship of the Spanish Embassy of South Africa & The KwaZulu-Natal Performing Arts Trust in supporting the production of Vida Flamenco of which Desert Flowers was a part.