Prophecies: A Flamenco Re-imagining of Gibran’s The Propht

Olivia Chacon, artistic director of A’lante Flamenco, says she got the idea for the group’s current production, Prophecies: A Flamenco Re-imagining of Gibran’s The Prophet, after reading the famous book. “I’ve been obsessed with flamenco for a long time, and almost everything I read or see, I tend to think of in flamenco terms,” she tells us. “When I first read Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, which was over ten years ago, I thought, ‘This would make a great flamenco story.’”

The two-act show loosely follows the structure of the book, but adds a twist. “The idea is that there’s a prophet that’s not in his own land but has been visiting in another land and finally gets the chance to go home. The people in the land that he’s visiting say, ‘Wait before you go; we have some questions for you. Give us your wisdom on love and how we should pray.’ In the book, there are 26 different topics; we don’t go through that many, but we go through quite a few. A lot of it’s based on eternal things like love and prayer, but then we also decided to make it a little unconventional in the sense of adding a take on technology and modern life. Gibran’s work was published in 1923, and we thought if the prophet can predict the future, what if we could ask him his opinion on things people deal with now, like cell phones and Facebook and things like that?”

8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Talento Bilingüe de Houston, 333 South Jensen. For information, visit 713-222-1213 or visit alanteflamenco.com. $25.
Sat., Feb. 8, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 9, 3 p.m., 2014

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