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Image The story of Petenera as it has never been told before.

Music Film Factor has just produced a new flamenco DVD with 2 hours of previously unreleased live performances featuring Seville’s acclaimed maestro José Galván and California’s flamenco dancer Elena Marlowe. Petenera – a Flamenco Drama in Music and Dance is a unique collection of traditional flamenco repertory as it is seldom performed today. It includes a 26-minute dramatic account of the suffering and loneliness of Andalusia’s femme fatale Petenera who has haunted flamenco lore for over 500 years. An hour of additional solos complete the main program as it was performed only twice at Santa Rosa’s Jackson Theatre in California in 2004. Add the bonus tracks of historic performances recorded live at Sonoma’s Sebastiani Theatre and Planète Andalucia in Paris, France as well as an interview with the choreographer and the music director and let this exclusively produced DVD take you to flamenco heaven.
The NTSC and PAL versions are both available now online at Music Film Factor’s website that faithfully reflects the DVD’s design and includes clips for previewing: see (in English, Spanish, French and German).

Load Petenera – a Flamenco Drama in Music and Dance into your DVD-player and prepare to be drawn to the screen like a magnet – you’ll forget you’re watching a DVD at all. The dance drama is a unique account that evokes compassion for a woman understood by none. When José Galván cries out “Petenera, can't you see how I've suffered for you?”, you feel his pain.  And when Elena Marlowe, the most convincing Petenera the stage has seen in decades, magically enacts her return from the synagogue, you’ll understand her suffering from the fear and suspicion that the villagers have burdened her with for so long. Additional tracks include Elena’s unusual Serrana, Carolina Luisa’s and Yumi Yamada’s powerful Siguiriyas, and Teresa la Filigrana’s graceful Tientos that stand for “flamenco puro”, and José Galván’s mighty Bulería proves once again that he is a king of the art.

The special archive bonus tracks include Manuel Parejo’s Granaínas guitar solo, Robin Brown’s Petenera guitar/vocals solo from the music documentary feature film ‘My Father, his Flamenco and I’ (left in its director’s cut version) and the unique recording of José Galván’s Martinete–Siguiriya – a rare document with its 4-minutes long opening shot from the wings and mysterious lighting.

Petenera – a Flamenco Drama in Music and Dance is is not your standard flamenco DVD. Its exclusive packaging makes it a collector’s item: an elegant paperboard Digipack with a 16-page full-color Spanish-English booklet for liner note lovers and a beautifully printed DVD – an object you’ll want to slide into the shelf alongside your most treasured books. The recording and editing faithfully transfer breathtaking performances to the screen and succeed in perpetuating Elena Marlowe’s and Robin Brown’s remarkable artistic achievements as seen through the eyes of Robin’s own European film-maker son Michael Brown. It is story-telling in its true form that faithfully reflects Flamenco Arts’ endeavor to pull the audience out of their seat and transport them through centuries of flamenco history.

Both versions have been pressed in a limited edition of 1,000 units each. Don’t miss them.



For a complimentary copy for reviewing purposes, more pics/stills and any other information:
write to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call
Daniel Villalva at +1 707 – 544 0909 or  +1 707 – 569 8785 extension 330 in the U.S.
Michael Brown at +49 40 220 4226 and cell:  +49 172 517 9125  in Europe (Germany).

Music Film Factor LLC.
2337 4th Street
Santa Rosa, California, 95404

DVD-Specifications and Details

Petenera – un drama flamenco en música y baile 
Petenera – a Flamenco Drama in Music and Dance

single layer DVD –5
region codes free “0” playable world-wide
picture format 4:3, audio format Dolby Stereo 2.0.,
mastered and printed in Germany by Optimal Media Production GmbH.
Total running time: 1 hour 55 minutes
16-page full color English-Spanish liner notes booklet


Recorded live at Jackson-Kendall Theater, Santa Rosa, California (2004), Planète Andalucía, Paris, France (2002) and Sebastiani Theatre, Sonoma, California (2001).

Directed and edited by Michael Brown
Produced by Daniel Villalva, Michael Brown and Robin Brown (Music Film Factor LLC) © Music Film Factor LLC – 2007
Distribution: Music Film Factor LLC

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