FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 10, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—July 5, 2016, (Santa Fe, N.M.) Famed Chef John Rivera Sedlar of Eloisa joins the Museum of International Folk Art to celebrate the living art form of Flamenco in several, three-part shows. Each event begins at 4pm with a tour of the Museum of International Folk Art’s ongoing exhibition “Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico” that runs through September 10, 2017. Participants will meet curator Nicolasa Chavez, author of “The Spirit of Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico,” and signed copies will also be available for purchase. The second part of the evening starts at 5:30pm, which consists of an artful and inspired Gypsy Dinner at Eloisa by Chef John Rivera Sedlar. The third part of the evening happens at 6:30pm at Eloisa with a live Flamenco performance. This shows take place on July 7, 22, August 26, September 9, and October 7, 2016 and cost $45 per guest, including dinner and show.
The Museum of International Folk Art’s exhibition “Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico” is a passionate, fiery, intense in-depth examination of the history and culture of flamenco dance and music. This exhibition is one of the most comprehensive exhibitions to celebrate and study this living tradition as an art form. The exhibition opened November 22, 2015 and runs through September 10, 2017. More than 150 objects are featured. Among them, items once used by renowned artists Encarnacion Lopez y Julvez “La Argentinita”, Jose Greco, and Vicente Romero and Maria Benitez (both from New Mexico).
Known as a folkloric art form that began among the Gypsy people of southern Spain, this exhibition traces Flamenco to its arrival in the U.S. and its rise as an international art form now enjoyed by millions. The exhibition features costumes, play bills, instruments, and paintings, complemented by lectures, workshops and performances. Tracing flamenco’s journey from fifteenth and sixteenth century Spain to twentieth century Europe’s most cultured cities are costumes both historic and contemporary, musical instruments, costume and set design sketches, playbills, sheet music, posters, and more. These objects chronicle flamenco’s evolution from rural, folkloric tradition to elaborate staged productions incorporating extravagantly costumed dancers accompanied by virtuoso guitarists.
After 40 years of gracing the palates of Los Angelinos with his culinary creativity, native New Mexican John Rivera Sedlar has hit all the celebrity chef benchmarks. He has been featured in such magazines as Bon Appétit and Travel + Leisure, he’s made TV appearances on the Food Networkand The Today Show. He has authored several cookbooks on Southwest cuisine, and has run several successful restaurants in Los Angeles, including the much-lauded Rivera, where he reimagined Latin food according to his perspective on Latin history.
“Growing up as a young boy in Sevilla and visiting the Feria for four years in a row and spending summers in Santa Fe watching Vicente Romero and Maria Benitez, Flamenco dancing and Spanish food made an indelible impression that I’ve bever forgotten,” says Chef Sedlar. “The dancing and food flavors are robust and violent- an explosion of flavor and passion,” he said.
WHAT:Flamenco in Three Acts
A celebration of Flamenco in three acts including a tour of the “Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico” exhibition at the Museum of International Folk Art, a Gypsy Dinner at Eloisa by Chef John Rivera Sedlar and a live Flamenco dance performance at Eloisa.
WHERE:Museum Hill - Museum of International Folk Art, 706 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe NM and Eloisa in the Drury Plaza Hotel, 228 E. Palace Ave., Santa Fe NM
WHEN: Thursday, July 7, 2016; Friday, July 22, 2016; Friday, August 26, 2016; Friday, September 9, 2016; and Friday, October 7, 2016. Tour at the Museum at 4pm, Dinner at Eloisa at 5:30pm, Flamenco Dance at Eloisa at 6:30pm
COST:Museum Admission $12/$7 N.M. Resident
$45 per guest at Eloisa includes dinner and show