Seven Internationally trained artists who have performed on the stages of Canada and Spain
Deeply committed to the purity and elemental intensity of flamenco music and dance, Flamenco en Rouge brings together artists who share a unique creative vision
Performing a highly emotional Jerez-style flamenco, the baile (dancing) closely reflects and integrates cante (singing), and gives expression to the words.
Artistic Director and choreographer for Flamenco en Rouge, Martine brings a background in music and dance that admirably suits her work in Flamenco. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master’s of Musicology from the Université de Montréal, and continued her musical studies in Paris and Saint Petersburg.
Her dance education began at Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal and her flamenco training has included annual master classes in Spain with Antonio de Veronica y Saray Cortes, Noelia Sabarea, Soraya Clavijo, La Chiqui, and Maria Bermudez. She has also taken numerous international workshops in Jerez de la Frontera, Malaga, New York and Montréal, which featured flamenco legends Farruquito, Belen Maya, Olga Pericet, La Lupi and Carmen Ledesma.
She has performed in Spain and in many Canadian cities, including Ottawa, Victoria, Saint John and regularly in her hometown, Halifax. She undertakes research yearly at the Centro Andaluz de Flamenco, in Jerez de la Frontera, enriching her flamenco dance with in-depth study of the flamenco forms and letras (sung verses). Martine is an artist supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
The Voice of Flamenco en Rouge, Brenley is known not only for the beautiful, soaring and passionate cante (singing) that she contributes to our performances, but also in that she acts as host, explaining the intricacies of flamenco to our audiences.
Brenley discovered flamenco in Spain, during a trip as a teenager, and became smitten with that art form. Originally from Ontario, she studied Spanish, Music and Theatre before moving to Nova Scotia, where she teaches high school.
She joined Flamenco en Rouge in 2015, and, together with her husband, Matt Martin, Musical Director, share their passion for flamenco as a couple.
Originally from Manila, Philippines, Ruth Pacis has danced her entire life, experimenting with a variety of styles. She discovered flamenco in 2000, and became immediately besotted by the passion and drama of that art form.
She has studied flamenco in Canada, the US and in Spain, where she returns regularly for master classes. Ruth is especially drawn to the gypsy elements of flamenco – earthy, emotional and playful. Ruth will be featured in the soulful Tientos/Tangos, which speaks of scorned love.
When not dancing flamenco, Dr. Ruth Pacis is a family doctor, with a busy practice in Dartmouth, N.S.
Originally from Saint-Petersburg, Russia, Marina grew up surrounded by ballet and art. She discovered flamenco in 2000, began studying the art form in Halifax, followed by study visits to Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, where she worked with flamenco master teachers.
She has been performing with Flamenco en Rouge since 2012. Marina brings her grace and elegance to flamenco, and is recognized for her skill and technique with the flamenco mantón (large shawl), which she will be using in the spirited Fandangos!
Originally from Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Matthew pursued classical guitar studies with his Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from Acadia University in 2008. In 2009, he placed second in the Canadian National Music Festival competition. He furthered his studies in Koblenz, Germany, where he obtained his Diploma in Performance.
Matt has studied classical guitar with many of the world's top guitarists including Dale Kavanagh, Aniello Desiderio and Eliot Fisk.
Matt is Flamenco en Rouge's Musical Director.
Matt teaches guitar lessons in Kentville, Nova Scotia, and is the proud husband of our cantaora (singer), Brenley Heaver.
Originally from B.C., Chris moved to Nova Scotia in 2001, and pursued his musical studies at Acadia University in guitar performance. Chris began his flamenco practice in 2004, performing with local groups Alma Flamenca, and then Viva Flamenco.
Chris has been performing, composing and arranging for the Flamenco en Rouge since 2011. Chris has taken flamenco guitar classes with San Roque (Spain) and guitarist El Kuko, where he focused upon the complex Seguiriya form.
Chris is also founding member of the Bossa Nova Scotia.
Csaba (Chubba) Kanyasi is Flamenco en Rouge’s percussionist/cajonist..Chubba has been playing music for over 40 years and teaching for more than 20 years. Although jazz is his main focus, he performs in various styles, and recently discovered his passion for flamenco.
Now a resident of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Chubba was born in Hungary where he attended the Jazz College in Budapest. Later he moved to Australia where he studied jazz at Macquarie University.
Since moving to Canada, Chubba has performed with a great number of musicians including Mike Murley, Jeff Riley, Jamie Gatti, Silvio Pupo and Paul Cram, playing in music festivals throughout Nova Scotia and beyond. He has also been active as a teacher and clinician.