Zorango Flamenco Dance Theatre

Inspired by adversity, this performance triumphs.

Zorango Flamenco Dance Theatre
Photo by Stephanie Colgan

If you’ve ever wondered who that woman is on Chile’s 5,000-peso banknote (and who hasn’t?), it’s Gabriela Mistral, firebrand feminist/educator/diplomat and the only Latin American woman ever to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1945. After a chance encounter in a bookstore, Zorongo Flamenco artistic director Susana di Palma was inspired to choreograph a piece called “Locas Mujeres/Madwomen,” based on Mistral’s Madwomen poems, which explore themes of abandonment, anguish, and triumph. “The poems are really about the spiritual experiences of different women transcending and overcoming adversity,” says di Palma. The evening will also include two other works, “Ida y Vuelta,” about New World influences on traditional Spanish flamenco, and a program of all-new flamenco. March 8–10. The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-206-3636, zorongo.org