Chicago Flamenco Festival 2021 – “Gloria” Sonia Olla & Ismael Fernández
|Ismael Fernández, Sonia Olla
|October 23, 2021
|Instituto Cervantes (Chicago) - Auditorio
Oct 23rd 2021
“GLORIA” – by Sonia Olla
- Sonia Olla, bailaora
- Ismael Fernández , cantaor
- Guillermo Guillén, guitarrista flamenco
- Gilbert Mansour, percusión
When the artist steps onto the stage, she feels within her a state of splendor or magnificence — not purely physical or sensory, but an energy that transcends the physical. This feeling is intimate and makes the artist vulnerable; it leads her to the brink of what she is capable, and no one knows just exactly what is going to happen next.
“Gloria” releases pure creativity, and fuses the artist, the music, and the audience until all are one. “Gloria” is not a single experience but shared among all who experience the moment. The excitement of performance, and all its possibilities, allow room for all to share in “Gloria.” “Gloria” is the what the artist feels when she is about to perform: it is an energy that allows her to push herself. It can be daunting as it can make the artist vulnerable in the sense that even she does not know what will happen on the stage. Yet for this very reason, it is energizing.
This feeling is an intimate moment the artist can share with the audience as everyone is experiencing it all at the same time. It never happens the same way twice because the audience creates the room, allowing the artist space for artistic expression. Thus, “Gloria” cannot be achieved by a single artist, only through the shared experience of live performance.