After successfully choreographing and performing for over 30 years, the award-winning choreographer and dancer Sara Baras still looks for new challenges working across all forms of media including film, television and fashion. ‘Feeling, sharing, using your technique to express what your heart wants to tell.’
A charismatic, influential and instrumental figure in the dance world, Sara Baras has established herself as universal in an ever more segregated dance world that appears to be collaborative and boundary free. ‘I see myself everywhere, as flamenco doesn’t have limits or boundaries. Flamenco is an art form that goes directly to my heart and gives me the opportunity of sharing it with the audience.’
Voces, suite flamenca has been touring worldwide and when asking Sara what the reactions have been across continents she talks about the ‘love, respect and admiration for our maestros‘ in every corner of the world. Passion is certainly at the heart of both Sara Baras’s character and Flamenco as every other paragraph of our interview is punctuated with the words passion and the adverb really – emphasising at any given chance what is already obvious to me: Flamenco is passion, even love, intertwined with rhythm and sorrow. Singapore Dance enthusiasts are anxiously awaiting this performance of Voces, suite Flamenca at Da:ns Festival, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.
Similarly, Sara Baras is excited to return to Singapore. ‘I love Singapore’s audience; I hope we get to have the same connection that we had the last time.
“Voces” emerged from a painful moment, when maestro Paco de Lucia died. It seems incredible to me that it could turn to be the rewarding and positive experience that it is now. Being able to feel our maestros, to dance to them, to remember them is a complete gift.’
Selecting music for such a production is a very skilled job. ‘First, we chose the “palos”( flamenco styles) that reminded us of the maestros. After selecting the latter, everything became easier. In this performance we don’t do pieces that the maestros created. Voces, suite flamenca is mostly our voice under the influence of our maestros, allowing a dance full of nuances that sometimes are transmitted to the audiences and sometimes stay between ourselves and the maestro.’
Sara Baras speaks about the pressures of touring and having a child. ‘Going on a tour and being away from my son is very painful. I always try to organise myself the best I can, always counting on the help of my team and my family. Travelling and leaving our souls on stage on a daily basis, but coming back home is also a constant thought.‘
Sara Baras is an international artist, an ambassador for Flamenco, conquering audiences around the world both on stage and on screen. When asked if she envisaged herself as a Flamenco superstar from a young age, Sara expresses her surprise. ‘I couldn’t imagine that when I began my career. I think that my responsibility is colossal, mainly because I might be an example for people that begin now. I always try to transmit the love of this art form, together with the seriousness, sacrifice and dedication. We are very proud that we are going to reach 20 years with our company, which is also critical for us. Our company is made of audience’s love and dedication to flamenco.’
Lastly, Sara talks about her team of collaborators. ‘For me, it’s essential to have a team that dream with the same passion than me. José Serrano is the guest artist. We know each other very well but at the same time we still get surprised dancing and creating together. Dancing with him is another gift. Keko Baldomero is also a critical part of the show. Not only as a musical director but also as an interpreter. Also, the rest of the cast with whom I share the stage, is crucial, as they are part of the company since long time ago. To summarise, everyone from the artistic to the technical team has shown their commitment to the project.’