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Lakshmi Basile: Flamenco Dancer

The Center for World Music is delighted to welcome Lakshmi Basile to our family of outstanding teaching artists in residence, joining our World Music in the Schools program.

Lakshmi Basile, nicknamed “La Chimi” by her peers, is a flamenco dancer and performer of the highest level. To watch her in motion is an enchanting experience as she enters an almost trance-like state, becoming one with the music. It’s clear the dance is coming from somewhere deep inside of her, connecting to ancestral spirits and roots that are impossible to describe with words. They have a word for this in Flamenco: duende. Those who have been in the audience or have clapped palmas around the fire while Lakshmi dances know what a magical experience it can be.

Offstage, Lakshmi is down-to-earth and laughs easily. It’s inspiring to see how she takes a dance that can be intimidating for many and breaks it down in a fun and engaging way for her students. Her passion and expertise gently guide her lessons in a way that’s accessible for all, no matter the age or experience.

But who is this ethereal artist, and where did she come from?

Photo: Paco Sanchez

Lakshmi Basile began performing at the age of six with her parents’ band The Electrocarpathians. She grew up in a bohemian household filled with music and dance with her father, a prominent San Diego musician, and her mother, an artist from Argentina. She studied dance at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, the University of California Santa Barbara, and within the flamenco community of San Diego, finally traveling to Spain at the age of 20 to complete her flamenco studies. She was quickly embraced by artists and teachers, and found work in tablaos and at private flamenco events alongside well-known artists.

“La Chimi” became one of the first and only foreign artists in Spain to win a coveted national prize, the Concurso de las Minas de La Unión, and she was also awarded the Concurso Nacional de Arte Flamenco de Córdoba. There she surprised flamenco critics, and received high praise from Alberto García Reyes, ABC, who described her performance as “un desgarrador homenaje a los románticos de lo jondo” (a heart-wrenching homage to the romantics of pure flamenco).

Before returning to San Diego, Lakshmi worked for over fifteen years in Seville, the cradle of flamenco, where she performed daily as a soloist at the tablao El Palacio Andaluz. She has worked alongside significant artists in private events and festivals internationally, including Great Britain, Denmark and Uruguay, and produced her own show in Spain called “Zarabanda, Lo Que Duerme en el Cuerpo de los Gitanos” (Zarabanda, What Sleeps in the Body of the Gypsies).

She is sought after as a teacher by flamenco students in Spain and the United States, and we are very fortunate to have her teach and perform in San Diego. Lakshmi Basile has found her purpose and career as a flamenco dancer because that is what she is in her soul and heart.

Photo: Sari Makki-Phillips

“Su baile es de una alegría conquistada” (Her dance is one of conquered joy). — Félix Grande, poet and flamencologist

“La única cosa americana que tiene es su pasaporte”  (The only American thing she has is her passport). — Ángel Ojeda, former Minister of Culture of the Junta de Andalucía

Welcome, Lakshmi, to our Center for World Music family! We are so delighted and honored to have you join us.

See a preview video of Lakshmi’s Living Room Learning dance lesson

Visit Lakshmi’s flamenco dance website

Events

World Music at Mingei International Museum

The Center for World Music proudly announces its Spring 2022 concert season, “World Music at Mingei,” presenting an inaugural series of six performances at Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park. The series includes music and dance traditions, both classical and folk, that will introduce the audience to the sounds, aesthetics, and cultural significance of the music of select regions from around the world.

Ticket Packages

General Seating Package: SOLD OUT
VIP Seating Package: SOLD OUT

Individual Tickets

General Seating: $20
VIP Seating: $40

To purchase tickets to individual events, please visit the links below.

Mingei Members receive a 10% discount.

The ticket price includes admission to the performance and access to Mingei International Museum’s Gallery Level ($14 value) after 4 PM on the day of the performance. The Commons Level is free for all.

Please purchase your tickets early. These performances sell out well in advance. 

Proceeds support hands-on world music and dance programming for San Diego students in schools underserved by the arts.


Master of the Ghanaian Gyil: SK Kakraba
Friday, February 18, 2022, 7:30 PM

Let Your Spirit Soar: Afro-Cuban Music, Dance, and Culture with Omo Ache
Friday, March 18, 2022, 7:30 PM

Maqāmāt: Pathways to Beauty in Arab Music with the Al-Salam Ensemble
Friday, April 15, 2022, 7:30 PM


The Music and Dance of Bali: I Nyoman Wenten and Gamelan Burat Wangi
Friday, May 20, 2022, 7:30 PM

Flamenco with Lakshmi “La Chimi” Basile
Friday, June 17, 2022, 7:30 PM

Expressions of Joy: Festival Music and Dance of Korea with the San Diego Korean Pungmul Ensemble
Friday, July 8, 2022, 7:30 PM

Health and Safety

Proof of vaccination is required to attend these performances. Please bring a picture of your vaccine card or the card itself.

Masks are required indoors for all guests (ages 2+) regardless of vaccination status. For more information about visiting Mingei International Museum, please visit their website.


Co-Sponsor

Mingei Logo

Major Grant Sponsor

 

Financial support provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.


Become a Sponsor

For details on sponsorship opportunities, please visit the Center for World Music’s 2022 World Music at Mingei Sponsorship Information.

 

Flamenco with La Chimi

Lakshmi “La Chimi” Basile

Flamenco with La Chimi

Be transported to the heart of Spain and explore flamenco’s diverse roots through an evening of music and dance with internationally acclaimed dancer La Chimi. This is guaranteed to be a moving and joyous evening you do not want to miss!

Lakshmi “La Chimi” Basile will be performing with her troupe of live musicians, creating an authentic performance experience that will transport audiences to the streets of Seville! Explore flamenco’s diverse roots through an evening of music and dance. The intimate setting provided at Mingei International Museum allows the audience to truly embrace the passion of this art form. This concert will leave you wanting more.

Tickets

General Seating: $20
VIP Seating: $40

Mingei Members receive a 10% discount.

The ticket price includes admission to the performance and access to Mingei International Museum’s Gallery Level ($14 value) after 4 PM on the day of the performance. The Commons Level is free for all.

Please purchase your tickets early. These performances sell out well in advance. 

Proceeds support hands-on world music and dance programming for San Diego students in schools underserved by the arts.

About Lakshmi “La Chimi” Basile

Lakshmi Basile, nicknamed “La Chimi” by her peers, is a flamenco dancer and performer of the highest level. Born and raised in San Diego, La Chimi is one of the first and only Americans to have cultivated a successful career in Spain, the cradle of flamenco. There she was awarded the coveted national prize, the Concurso de las Minas de La Unión, as well as the Concurso Nacional de Arte Flamenco de Córdoba.

Her artistry has deeply moved flamenco critics, receiving high praise from journalists such as Alberto García Reyes of ABC Sevilla, who described her performance as “a heart-wrenching homage to the romantics of pure flamenco.”  “Her dance,”  wrote poet and flamencologist Félix Grande, “is one of controlled joy.”

Read more about Lakshmi “La Chimi” Basile | Article in La Prensa San Diego

Health and Safety

Proof of vaccination is required to attend these performances. Please bring a picture of your vaccine card or the card itself. Masks are required indoors for all guests (ages 2+) regardless of vaccination status.


Co-Sponsors Mingei Logo


Major Grant Sponsor

Financial support was provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.


Become a Sponsor

For details on sponsorship opportunities, please visit the Center for World Music’s 2022 World Music at Mingei Sponsorship Information.