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Dances and images: Jesus Muñoz Flamenco shows include opening of photo exhibit

Jesus Muñoz will perform two shows on Saturday, Nov. 2, and Sunday, Nov. 3. (Courtesy of Jared Kellogg)

Little by little, the work gets done.

Jesus Muñoz couldn’t be happier to see the results.

“We started in Barelas, and the community has embraced us,” he says. “It’s kind of crazy. We’ve worked with Working Classroom and other community organizations to bring flamenco to the community.”

Muñoz is executive director and master instructor for Flamenco Works Inc. The nonprofit provides dance instruction, as well as community outreach, with flamenco.

The company will present two shows on Saturday, Nov. 2, and Sunday, Nov. 3.

The Saturday, Nov. 2, show is a tablao flamenco at the Barelas space, where the company will perform pieces from its repertoire.

On Sunday, Nov. 3, Muñoz and the company will perform at Casa Perea Art Space for the show “Flamencografía.”

It will feature Muñoz, Amalyah Leader, Felix de Lola and Chuscales, in addition to a photography exhibit by Jared Kellogg.

The opening features 19th- and 20th-century vintage photography, as well as a performance featuring photography of artists and students from Flamenco Works by Jared Kellogg.

The opening culminates in a final performance with a “Flamenco Por Derecho Cuadro.”

In a distinctly unique collaboration Kellogg creates a flamenco retrospective that is both historic and contemporary. Kellogg uses old film and printing techniques that many have given up – to create completely individual, one-of-a-kind shots. “I’m doing three of three, not mass printing. Once they’re gone, there gone,” Kellogg says.

Each photograph can take up to 10 hours of arduous work in the darkroom to develop. The photographs depict students, artists and teachers from Flamenco Works Inc.

“My photography incorporates digital and film. I innovate and adapt to the photography that is coming out; I’m also interested in learning and adapting to all the old techniques, and I don’t want those to die out. So, I am training myself in wet-plate printing, palladium printing, silver (developing in the dark room by hand),” he says. “My passion is around film because you are working on a molecular level. When you are in a darkroom and you take it all in, It’s long and arduous and very gratifying. The essence of photography is getting the lighting just right. Shooting with flamenco is fun because of the unique poses, colors and shadows. It’s like shooting a living painting.”

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