Adrián Santana's studies began with his uncle, the great Málaga dancer Pepito Vargas, and continued at the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza of Málaga, his hometown. In 2010, he received second prize at the 19th Certamen de Coreografía de Danza Española y Flamenco in Madrid with his creation Siempre me pasa lo mismo, later debuted at Madrid’s Sala Pradillo with resounding success. Adrián has been a member of the best dance companies in Spain, most notably those of Aída Gómez, Carlos Saura, Manuel Liñán, Daniel Doña, Margaret Jova Productions, Carlos Chamorro and Rocío Molina, sharing the stage with artists such as María Pagés, Lola Greco, Javier Latorre, Belén Maya, Pastora Galván, Nani Paños, Concha Jareño and Rafael Estévez at venues and festivals such as the Bienal de Sevilla, Festival de Jerez, Flamenco Festival London/New York and the Greek Acropolis among many others. He has been directed in a number of productions by prestigious artists such as the Maestro Granero and Antonio Canales and has performed as special attraction at the tablaos Casa Patas, Villa Rosa, El Corral de la Morería, and El Arenal. SIMBIOSIS, his most recent work, debuted in Granada at the Corral del Carbón in 2014, and the following year it was presented at the 4th Bienal de Flamenco de Málaga. In addition to his experience as a performing dancer, he gives courses in a number of cities and conservatories of dance throughout Spain and abroad.
Francisco Vinuesa began learning the guitar at the age of 14 under master guitarist Pedro Blanco. He spent five years with Blanco learning how to accompany flamenco dance in the tablaos in Málaga. After performing in many tablaos throughout Spain, he has collaborated with dancers like Rocío Molina, Chaparro de Málaga, Paco Javier Jimeno, José Mercé, Arcángel and Kiko Ventura in Spain and internationally.
José Almarcha began to play the guitar at the age of 8 in his town of Tomelloso, Spain and began more serious study at the age of 12 under Oscar Herrero. Though he spends most of his time performing in flamenco festivals and tablaos, when he does has a chance to teach guitar students he focuses primarily on technique before moving on to artistic interpretations.
Emilio Florido is a flamenco singer from Cadiz, Spain. At age 4 he started to learn flamenco guitar and continued this study until age 12, when he made his first television appearance singing Villancicos flamencos on Canal Sur.
At 18, he made his first trip to Japan to work in the tablao “El Flamenco” in Tokyo that has hosted artists such as Cristina Hoyos, José Mercé and Sara Baras. Florido also formed part of the flamenco company Noche Flamenca directed by Santangelo y Soledad Bario for more than 10 years. While part of the company, he has sung for artists such as Alejandro Granados, Juan Ogalla, Alfonso Losa, Yolanda Heredia and Isabel Bayón on stages in Canada, Argentina, Greece, Australia, Costa Rica, and the United States.
Juan Campallo began his flamenco guitar career at the early age of 12, accompanying his older siblings, Rafael and Adela Campallo, in their dance. With his family he has performed on stages across the world from Tokyo to New York City. He has played in many flamenco festivals including the Bienal de Flamenco, the Festival de Jerez, and Mont de Marsans. In 2006 he was part of the companies of Antonio Canales and Javier Barón. In 2007 he was awarded the prestigious “Bordón Minero” del Festival de la Union that recognized Juan Campallo as one of the best guitarsoloists in flamenco. His style is somewhere in between traditional and new form,but always technically impeccable and artistically moving.
Roberto Jaén was born in Cádiz and began his professional career in flamenco at the age of 16 in flamenco tablaos and numerous Flamenco festivals.He has collaborated with artists such as Antonio Reyes, Mariana Cornejo, Carmen de la Jara, Chano Lobato, Rancapino, Encarna Anillo and Pere Cintes among others. In 2005 he joined and performed in the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia for six years, directed by Cristina Hoyos.
He currently works as a percussionist at tablao flamenco El Arenal in Seville, sharing the stage with prestigious guitarists such as Ramón Amador and the Iglesias brothers; Singers like Rafael de Utrera, Pepe de Pura, Maria Vizárraga, Angelita Montoya, Herminia and La Tana; and dancers like Rafael Campallo, Manuela Rios, Lucia 'La Piñona', Jesus Carmona, Pepe Torres and Ana Morales, among others.
Rafael Rodríguez was born in Sevilla, Spain in 1957. At the age of 13 he began his study of flamenco guitar under the master guitarist Andrés Velázquez. He has collaborated with many artists including David Palomar, José Anillo and Milagros Mengibar.
Fernando Jiménez was born in 1988 in Jerez, Spain. Hi is a descendant of the Vargas and Soto Gipsy families of the area and is related to José Vargas “El Mono de Jerez” and Ángel Vargas. At the young age of six Fernando made his first appearance on stage with his family and from that moment he began his artistic career and began performing at the La Taberna Flamenca tablao in Jerez at the age of 12. In 2002 he debuted his show Enamorarse de Jerez in the Villamarta Theatre. At 17 he made his first tour of the Americas accompanied by Ismael Heredia and Pedro “El Niño de la Fragua”.
Born in Nerja (Málaga), Agueda started her study of flamenco at age 7 in the Malaga Conservatory of Flamenco and at 15, she moved to the Madrid Dance Conservatory. She studied and performed choreographies from masters such as Cristina Visús and Rocío Espada, among others. As she developed as an artist she deepened her studies with masters such as Eloy Pericet, Daniel Doña, Nani Paños, Rafael Estévez, Maribel Gallardo “Currillo”, among others.At this time she also part of the Enrique Vicent and Antonio López dance company. As the first place winner and best performer in the Ribarroja del Turia Dance Contest two years consecutively, Agueda managed to attain a scholarship to become part of theAntonio Najarro dance company. In February 2012 she made her professional debut with the Proyecto GR dance company in "REW", under the direction of Daniel Doña and Manuel Liñán. In June 2012 she collaborated in the debut of the Sentimiento Pericet dance company, under the direction of Eloy and Esperanza Pericet. Agueda regularly performs at the Tablao Flamenco Cordobes, as well as tours around Spain and the world. Agueda Saavedra first performed in Albuquerque in June 2016 at the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque where she dazzled audiences both in the theatre and at Tablao Albuquerque performing as part of Manuel Liñan’s company.
Ana Romero was born to Andalusian parents in Melbourne, Australia. Romero began her dance training as at 5 years old. During her training, Romero studied with numerous important teachers of flamenco, including, El Güito, Manolete, Manuel Linan, la China, Belen Maya, Ciro, Manuel Reyes, Marco Flores, Milagros Mengibar, Alejandro Granados, and Alfonso Losa.Romero has performed with the following dance companies: Company of Manuela Vargas in the production of “Fedra,” Company of El Güito in numerous festivals, Company of Joaquín Grilo, Company of Cristina Hoyos in “Arsa y Toma,” Company of Manolete, Alfonso Losa Flamenco Company, Arrieritos Dance Company in "Somos Trece Rosas," which received two awards at the PREMIOS MAX for best choreography and best show, and Company of Manuel Liñan, Olga Pericet, and Marco Flores in "En Sus Trece." Currently, Romero is a member of the company of Marco Flores, performing in "Defamencas" and "Tránsito."Ana has worked in all Madrid tablaos. She is currently a dancer and founder of the Madrid tablao "Las Carboneras" in Madrid and is one of the most sought after palmeras (clapping accompanist), dancers and teachers in Spain.
Ángel Reyes was born in Córdoba in 1993 and began his study of flamenco dance at the early age of 3 at the Tacón y Bordón flamenco school under his first teacher María del Mar Román “La Chata”. At age 9 he began to study at the Professional Dance Conservatory of Luís del Rio in Córdoba where he studied under masters like Rafael del Pino “Keko”, Inmaculada Aguilar, Eduardo Lozano, Olga Pericet, Antonio Rios Fernandz “El Piapa” and Merceds Ruíz. Ángel has also studied Classical Spanish dance and folkloric dance.
Antonio Campos was born in Tarragona, Spain and began to play the guitar at a very young age. He began playing for audiences in Granada playing for small dance schools and tablaos for almost a decade. It was by chance that he began to sing when dancer Granaina Angustias “La Mora” offered him a job as a flamenco singer in the tablaos of Sacramonte. This platform propelled Antonio to begin singing in prestigious tablaos in Madrid such as Casa Patas, Suristan, and La Cuarta Pared. Antonio has accompanied many flamenco artists in shows around the world including Mario Maya, Antonio Canales, Manuela Carrasco, Merche Esmeralda, Javier Barón, and Rocío Molina. He has also performed in many flamenco festivals throughout the years including the Bienal de Sevilla, the Festival de Jerez, and the Bienal de Málaga.
Alejandro Granados was a soloist with the Ballet Clásico de Zaragoza, and the Ballet Español de Madrid. He participated in the Salzburg Festival for three seasons, while simultaneously working in the Ballet Nacional de España. In 1990 he collaborated with Lola Greco for the show “Los Flamencos Somos Así” by T. R. Pantoja. A year later, he interpreted “La Memoria del Cobre” of Francisco Suárez and Carmen Cortés. In 1995 he was a soloist in several festivals throughout the United States, along with the Farruco family. He appeared in works such as “Yerma” under the direction of Nuria Espert (1996) and “A Nuestro Aire” (1998). In 2000 he took part in the show El Baile Flamenco de las Nuevas Generaciones presented by Cristina Hoyos at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville. Later that year he appeared at the 11th Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla, interpreting one of main roles in the work “Medea”, directed by Pilar Távora. In the Festival de Jerez in 2002, he presented the show “Sabor Añejo”, and that same year interpreted the role of Zeus in Orestes at the 12th Bienal de Flamenco de Lisboa. He has traveled to Tokyo as guest dancer, representing the character of Diego Rivera at the Centennial Tribute to Frida Kahlo performed at Tokyo’s National Theater. In June through December of 2003 he toured the United States where he was guest artist and choreographer for the company of María Benítez at the Joyce Theater in New York. In 2004, he was invited to participate in the show “Un, Dos, Tres, Faa” directed by Mario Maya in the Festival de Jerez. He currently directs and performs his own company, combining performance with his work as a renowned flamenco teacher.
Carmela has been on center stage since 1972 when she performed in the Ballet Antología, and since that time she has not stopped touring, performing and teaching flamenco. She has formed part of the Luisillo's Flamenco Company, as well as the company of her father, José Greco. She has also been part of the companies of Mario Maya, Marco Berriel, and of her brother José Greco Jr. In 1995 she choreographed “Obscuro” for Lola Greco, and in 1999 this work was presented in Naples and La Versiliana. The same year she choreographed and interpreted the show “Raza”, which was presented at the Bellas Artes theater in Madrid. In 2011 she directed and interpreted “Flamencos por Albéniz”, which debuted at the Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C. She has also had a presence at the most prestigious national flamenco festivals such as the Bienal de Sevilla of 2004 where she participated in “Orestes en Lisboa”, and the Festival de Jerez of 2008 in the work “De la Ópera al Flamenco”. Carmela is recognized by the Consejo Internacional de la Danza of the UNESCO as “Spanish Patrimony”, she is a member of the United Nations of Dance and also runs the José Greco Foundation for Hispanic Dance. She currently combines teaching at a variety of conservatories and dance schools alongside production of many shows including , “Ensamble Español” and “Juana la Loca” by Antonio Canales. Carmela has gracedthe stages of numerous countries including France, the Middle East, Italy, the United States, Mexico, and Japan.
Claudia Cruz was born in the southern Spanish city of Cadiz and began to study flamenco at age 5. At 10, she also began to study ballet and Classical Spanish Dance at the Cibayi Academy directed by Charo Cruz. In 2010 and 2011 she was invited to perform in the show “Niña Pastori en Navidad” where Claudia was the first time Niña Pastori included dance in her show. From 2008 to 2014 Claudia was a soloist in Antonio “El Pipa’s” company. In 2015 she debuted her own show“Cadiz-Sevilla, Que Maravilla” in the XIX Festival of Jerez. Claudia has collaborated with many other flamenco masters including Sara Baras, Remedios Amaya, Rancapino, Duquende, Carmen Ledesma, and Marina Cornejo. Claudia is a renowned artist both in Spain and abroad having performed in Flamenco festivals and some of the best tablaos in Spain including the Tablao Cordobés, the Corral de la Morería, Casa Patas, Villa Rosa and Las Carboneras.
Inmaculada Aranda was born in Córdoba in 1983. She attained the professional title of Grado Medio de Danza Española at the conservatory of Luís del Río in Córdoba. At the same times he studied flamenco in private dance schools throughout the city under María “La Chata” with whom she studied from 1991 to 2003. She also received classes from the bailaora Merche Esmeralda. Inmaculada is licensed in Spanish Dance Pedagogy. She has shared the stage with master artists such as El Cabrero, Arcángel, El Pele, Manolo Francio, Calixto Sánchez, and José Menese, among others.
Jesús Carmona, born 1985 in Barcelona, began his career at 7 years of age in “La Macarena and el Niño de Morón”, graduating in Spanish Dance and Flamenco from the Instituto del Teatro y Danza in the Catalan capital in 2004. He furthered his studies with various courses under maestros such as Antonio Canales, Rafaela Carrasco, Manolete, Eva Yerbabuena and Aida Gómez, amongst other great maestros of Spanish dance and flamenco. He was awarded the Premio Desplante at the Festival de las Minas, La Unión 2012, and Best Outstanding Dancer at the XX Certamen de Danza Española y Flamenco, Madrid 2011. He was nominated for Best Stage Dancer, 2012 (Seville). In 2013, he came second at the National Flamenco Festival, Córdoba and in 2014 was nominated for best principal dancer at the MAX Awards. His professional debut came at the Zorrilla Theatre with the Liceu Theatre Orchestra, Barcelona at just 14 years of age. His professional career began at this point and he joined several companies, including Nuevo Ballet Español, Carmen Cortes, El Güito, Manolete, Antonio Canales and Rafael Amargo. Over the years he has starred in shows such as “Alborada del Gracioso” (Maestro Granero), Golpes de la Vida” (BNE, José Antonio and Rafael Campallo), “Ritmos” (Alberto Lorca), each time receiving praise for his performance, technique, style and art as confirmed by the reviews. Notable performances during his time with these companies include his pas-de-deux with Lola Greco and his Soleá in the José Greco spectacular. He was a soloist with the Carmen Cortes Company, alongside Isaac de Los Reyes, Carmen Cortes herself and Guadiana. In the Antonio Canales Company, La Sangre de Edipo, he was a soloist alongside Adela Campallo and Lola Greco. He appeared as a guest artist with Olga Pericet, dancing Soleá. 2006 was an important year in his professional career as he presented his show “El Silencio de La Luna” to great public and critical acclaim. During 2010 and 2011 he took part in and collaborated with Dance in various ways, including courses and Masterclasses in several countries (India, Holland, France, Italy, etc.) as guest artist with the Rojas y Rodríguez tour throughout Asia and with the BNE in “Corazón de Piedra Verde”. He was also guest artist at the Cía. de Pastora Galván. His eagerness to explore his more personal side and break through to the arts in a broader sense, led to him leaving the BNE after 3 years to embark on a new adventure "CUNA NEGRA Y BLANCA” which received outstanding critical and public acclaim in the Bienal de Sevilla 2012, Danza, Madrid 2012, Jerez Festival, 2013, and Flamenco Arts Festival, Santa Barbara, USA. He premiered “7 Balcones” to great critical and public acclaim and closed the tribute show “Carmen Amaya La Capitana” at the National Theatre of Catalonia alongside Rocío Molina, Mayte Martín and Ramón Oller. He was principal dancer alongside Antonio Canales, Karime Amaya and Carlos Rodríguez at the Gala Flamenca, Flamenco Festival where he was acclaimed as the rising star of 2014 by the audience and international critics. He directed, choreographed and performed “Cuerpo Mente y Alma” alongside Karime Amaya and Paloma Fantova which premiered at Suma Flamenca 2014. He also choreographed and performed, alongside Lola Greco, Sergio Bernal, Karime Amaya and Ana Arroyo, the “Flamenco 5 Estrellas” Gala, which premiered on 10 June at Suma Flamenca in 2015.
José Manuel Álvarez
Jose Manuel was born in Sevilla in 1985. For the past 12 years he has been touring throughout Europe, Morocco and Japan performing in productions with flamenco and contemporary dance companies. He has collaborated with Rafael Estévez, Rubén Olmo, Emilio Fernández, Javier Latorre and Pepa Gamboa. He has performed in many international festivals such as the Ciutat Flamenco in Barcelona and the Festival de Fès des Musiques Sacres as a guest artist. Since 2014 he has been working on his own projects such as Ensamblaje, Solo Con, and Hostal Pascual where he explores the new wave of flamenco while remaining respectful to the roots of the art. 2016 was his last yer as the artistic director for the well-known Flamenco Ramblas at Teatre Principal in Barcelona. He remains a guest professor at the Dance Conservatory of Barcelona, and teaches in his dance studio, ¡La Capitana!. He also teaches master classes worldwide.
Lucia Campillo began her early study of dance in the Professional Conservatory of Dance in Murcia and finished it in the Royal Professional Conservatory of Madrid. She also trained in the Ballet Training Course of the National Spanish Ballet with Jose Antonio. She continued her training with great masters such as Merche Esmeranda, Jose Antonio, Antonio Canales, Javier Latorre, Milagros Mengíbar or Maribel Gallardo. In 2010, she joined the National Ballet of Spain as a soloist and principal dancer under the direction of Jose Antonio. She continued in the National Ballet under the direction of Antonio Najarro. While in the National Ballet she performed in some of the most important theatres in Spain and the world. Later, Campillo collaborated as a guest artist in the company of dancer Jesús Carmona in the show Cuna Negra y Blanca, participating in prestigious festivals such as the Jerez Festival or the Bienal de Seville. In 2013, Campillo left the National Ballet and joined the company of Rojas and Rodríguez, performing in works such as Cambio de Tercio. Campillo toured the world with the show Gala Flamenca, directed by Miguel Ángel Rojas, sharing stage with artists such as Antonio Canales, Karime Amaya, Jesús Carmona and Carlos Rodríguez. In 2014 she joined the company of María Pagés and performed in Yo, Carmen. At this time, she also appeared frequently in Spain’s most important tablaos such as Casa Patas, Corral de la Morería and, of course, Tablao Flamenco Cordobés.
A native of Seville, Spain, Manuela Rios received her formative training with the teachers, Manolo Marín, José Galván, Farruco and La Tona. Manuela debuted professionally at a very young age, in the flamenco Tablao La Trocha, and continued to work there until she was presented at the famous Teatro Lope de Vega with the famous Farruco family. Rios toured with the Farruco family, performing at international festivals and theaters. As a young dancer working in Japan, Rios danced as a soloist along with flamenco pop-star Joaquín Cortes, under the direction of Yoko Komatsubara. In the important biannual flamenco festival of Seville (La Bienal de Sevilla) Rios was highlighted in the show Triana Viva in 1992. For Triana Viva, Rios was selected as the best a young dancer from the famous flamenco neighborhood of Triana for her role. In 1993, Rios joined the dance company of Cristina Hoyos. That same year, she was selected to participate in a video clip with famed tenor, Placido Domingo.
Rios has been awarded several accolades over the expanse of her career, one of them being the prize for best female dancer in the respected competition for dance and music at the Festival of La Union. At 2004, Rios participated in the play Alicia, created and presented by the celebrated Spanish theatre company Los Ulen. In this same year, the Spanish recording company OFS recorded dances of Rios for national and international distribution. In 2007, Rios joined the dance company of Javier Barón. In this company she appeared as a soloist in the work Meridiana, and toured in this work internationally. At the Festival de Jerez in 2007, Rios premiered her solo show De Tablas. Rios has appeared as a guest artist in shows of notable flamenco artists such as Joaquin Grilo, Juan de Juan, Duquende, Miguel Poveda and pianist Dorantes. Rios performed in the roles of featured dancer in the closing show of the Bienal de Sevilla in 2012, De la Raíz a la Punta. In repertory classes, choreography will be taught. Workshop choreographies are set to various palos (song forms and rhythms). Choreographies are the original work of the artists/teachers, and students learn flamenco through the experience and unique abilities that these master artists/teachers bring to their work.
As a recipient of Spain’s National Prize for Dance, Marco Flores was born in 1981 in Arcos de la Frontera (Cádiz). In his early formative years, he was self-taught, although it wasn’t long before he was taking intensive courses with maestros such as Antonio Canales and Javier Latorre. At just 18, he joined prestigious companies such as those of Sara Baras and Rafaela Carrasco, and was also guest artist in the company of Miguel Ángel Berna, and in that of Mercedes Ruiz. Starting in 2004, he began his career as co-director and co-producer of his own shows, along with Manuel Liñán (“Dos en Compañía”), Manuel and Olga Pericet (“En sus 13”, “En clave”) and Olga y Daniel Doña (“Chanta la muí”, “Complot”, “Recital”). For more than six years, they presented their work throughout the world, having a presence at many prestigious international festivals, both in the field of dance as well as flamenco. In 2010 he began his solo career creating his own company. The Compañía Marco Flores debuted with their first show, “DeFlamencas”, that same year at Córdoba’s Gran Teatro. “DeFlamencas” won the prize accorded by specialized critics at the 2012 Festival de Jerez. That same year the company presented their second work, “Tránsito”, at Madrid’s Teatros del Canal during the Festival Suma Flamenca. With “Tránsito” they traveled throughout Spain, as well as the rest of Europe, presenting the show at major venues such as the Dusseldorf Tanzhaus. In 2013, he combined touring with his own productions with other projects such as “Las Cinco Estaciones”, produced by the Festival de Jerez, where he was guest artist along with major performers such as Blanca del Rey, Olga Pericet and Mercedez Ruiz. His next production was titled “Laberíntica”, which debuted in March of 2014 at the Villamarta Theater, and in international dance festivals such at Kuopio Dance Festival (Finland). In 2015, the company debuted “Paso a Dos” within the framework of the 2015 Festival de Jerez. This show starred Flores himself along with the prestigious interpreter, Olga Pericet. He recently debuted his latest show called “Entrar al Juego”, at the 20th Festival de Jerez, with a cast that included Carmela Greco and Alejandro Granados. Currently, Marco is traveling throughout the world with his company, presenting his creations. He also continues to choreograph and collaborate with various artists and companies. In 2015 he choreographed for the Company of Daniel Doña, as well as for the Ballet Nacional de España in their most recent work called “Alento y Zaguán”.
María Moreno was born in Cádiz in 1986. At the age of 8, she began studies at the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza in Cádiz, as well as with maestros such as Javier Latorre, Rafaela Carrasco, Antonio Canales and Eva Yerbabuena among others. She debuted with other artists from Cádiz such as Pilar and Juan Ogalla at the Central Lechera in Cádiz with the show “Locos del Tiempo”. In 2004 she joined the Eva Yerbabuena Company, debuting with this group in the 12th Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla with the show “A Cuatro Voces” at the Maestranza theater, followed by “Eva” and ”5 Mujeres 5”. In the company of Eva Yerbabuena, she performed in important international venues: Argentina (Buenos Aires), France (Lyon Opera, Marseilles, Mont de Marsan), Italy (Turín, Verona), Austria (Bregenz), Brazil (Sao Paulo), United States (Berkley, Miami, Santa Barbara, New Jersey, Albuquerque), Japan (Tokyo) and Colombia (Bogotá) among others. With Eva Yerbabuena she also participated in the premiere performance of the work “El Huso de la Memoria” at Madrid’s Teatro de la Zarzuela, which was also performed at the 14th Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla. At the 10th anniversary of Yerbabuena’s company, celebrated at the Generalife Gardens in Granada, she shared the stage with artists such as Miguel Poveda, Marina Heredia and Arcángel, and participated at the same venue in the 11th edition of the program “Lorca y Granada”, in the show “Federico Según Lorca”. In 2006, she began her solo career in the Bienal de Jóvenes Flamencos de Sevilla celebrated in the Jardines del Valle. She also appeared in festivals such as the Veranos del Corral (Granada), Festival “Larachí flamenca” (Seville), Fiesta de la Vendimia (Jerez de la frontera) and the Festival de la Fortuna (Madrid). In November 2014, at the Sala Lechera in Cádiz, she debuted “Alas de Recuerdo”, a show which includes the cante accompaniment of Enrique “El Extremeño” and Juan José Amador, the guitar of Joselito Acedo and the palmas of El Oruco. María Moreno was awarded First Prize in the National competition Bajo de Guía held in Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz), and First Prize in the National Competition in Baile por Alegrías organized by the Perla de Cádiz flamenco club.
Pepe Torres was born in Morón de la Frontera in the heart of a true gypsy flamenco family. Grandson of Joselero and great nephew of Diego del Gastor, related to Pepe Ríos, along with Fernandillo, his uncle Andorrano, the Barrulls, Juan and Paco del Gastor, his uncle Dieguito and Juana Amaya, he is part of the purest and well-aged deep roots of this art-form. At 11, he began his dance training with maestros such as Farruco and Rafael “El Negro”. From the age of 15 he was dancing professionally at tablaos, nightclubs and theaters throughout the world. A dancer of inspiration, he soon perfected his art with Farruco and Rafael “El Negro”. In recent years he has performed in important shows such as “Por Derecho” with Juana Amaya and Farruquito, danced in the Flamenco Festival USA in New York, and triumphed at a variety of venues throughout America. He participated in numerous tours with the singer Martirio, and was a member of the group “Son de la Frontera”.
In 2004 he traveled to Japan to perform in important theaters with Manuela Carrasco and Rafael de Carmen among other major artists. His career was consolidated when he formed his own company with which he presented his show “Así Baila Morón”, which was twice featured at the 2004 Bienal de Sevilla, as well as in the series “Bienal Solidaria”, performed for the prison population of Seville. Also in the Bienal, he took part in shows such as Antonio Canales’ “Bailaor”, and in the most recent edition of the festival, he danced at the Hotel Triana with “Son de la Frontera”, receiving excellent reviews, in addition to collaborating with the show “Perraterías” directed by Ricardo Pachón at the Teatro Central with Tomás de Perrate. Pepe Torres has brought his work to events such as the Festival del Gazpacho de Morón, the Reunión de Cante Jondo de La Puebla de Cazalla – on several occasions – Festival de Cáceres, Festival de Nimes in France and a long etcetera. A flamenco itinerary that adorns his biography with triumphs and depth. In 2010 he danced at the Festival Flamenco Gitano directed by Nina Menéndez and World Music, presenting his own show in sold-out theaters for every performance in New York, Boston and San Francisco, and excellent reviews from important and influential media such as the New York Times.
amara was born in Montilla, Córdoba in 1978. She began her dance studies at age six in various disciplines such as flamenco, classical ballet, contemporary and Spanish dance, obtaining honor enrollment by the Royal Academy of Dance.
In 1998 she finished her studies in Ballet and Spanish Dance in the conservatories of Seville and Malaga, graduating outstandingly. The following year she moved to Seville to pursue her studies with master Manolo Marín. She has also worked with Javier Latorre, Manolete, Merche Esmeralda, Belen Maya, Victor Ullate, and Ramón Oller among others. In September of 2000 under the direction of Aída Gómez she began what was a 12 year long trajectory in the Ballet Nacional de España in which she interpreted numerous works such as “Danza y Tronío” by Mairemma, “Concierto de Aranjuez” by Pilar López, “Cambalache” by Antonio Canales and “Leyenda” by Jose Antonio, the latter as a soloist.
An artist wonders: who am I? what is my style? What part of me is genuine and makes me unique? An artistic personality is determined by many factors: one’s own experiences, the fact of having been born at a specific moment, the conditioning factor of being a man or a woman and, of course, the place of origin. You can run away from many things, deny a thousand others, but you can’t get away from who you are. In the case of Rosario Toledo, her career, her being a female flamenco dancer in the early 21st century with the legacy of Cádiz in every pore of her output, have made for immense and unique artistic material. In this show, that essence is sought, the particular and non-transferable DNA of an interpreter who yearns to know, amidst the chaos, what does it mean in this precise moment to be a “bailaahora” (‘dancer now’). Intuitive, fresh, expressive, visceral, earthy. Dancer choreographer Rosario Toledo has been able to reach the heights of contemporary flamenco dance thanks to her creativity and her capacity to transmit to the spectator the essence of what surrounds us. A graduate of the Conservatory of Spanish Dance of Seville, she began her professional career thanks to her teacher Charo Cruz and the show “Por Ley de Vida”, and being a component of the company of Manuela Carrasco and Antonio el Pipa. From that point on, she combined her performances in well-known tablaos such as El Cordobés in Barcelona and Los Gallos in Seville, with collaboration as guest artist in shows alongside interpreters such as Javier Latorre, Javier Barón, Antonio Canales, Israel Galván, Joaquín Grilo, Miguel Poveda, Arcángel, Dorantes and José Antonio Rodríguez, among others. She also worked as soloist with Mario Maya in his show “De Cádiz a Cuba, la Mar de Flamenco”. Contact with these great masters has allowed her to develop a very personal vision of flamenco dance. An approach which is profound, conceptual, and with ideas of her own, and at the same time, she keeps her feet on the ground, embraces nature and goes out into the street. In this context, the woman from Cádiz has immersed herself in the development of projects with her own company, achieving great success with critics and audiences alike, and becoming one of the top stars of current flamenco dance. She is currently collaborating as guest artist with the Seville pianist Chiqui Cienfuegos, with whom she performed at the 2016 Bienal de Flamenco. This year, 2017, within the program of the Festival de Jerez, she is appearing as guest artist with the group Ultra High Flamenco ‘UHF’ on March 1st, in addition to continuing touring with the popular show ‘ADN’.
Juan Vergillos, Keynote Speaker
Juan Vergillos was awarded the National Prize of Flamencology by the Cátedra de Flamencología of Jerez. He obtained the literary prize “Anselmo González Climent” for essays written; the University of Sevilla and Young Creators of the Sevilla municipal government for novels created and “Gruta de las Maravillas for erotic literature. Vergillos has made a significant contribution to literature in the form of novels. These include: Una Especulación en Torno a la Estética del Flamenco (1999); Los Cuadernos Perdidos de Antonio Catena(2001); Conocer el Flamenco (2002); Las Rutas del Flamenco en Andalucía (2006) and Manuel Vallejo (2012). He created and directed the Festival Internacional de Artes Escénicas Vaivenes Flamenco-Riberas del Guadaíra. He was also the finalist for the Ateneo of Sevilla prize for novels. He directed and scripted shows for the companies of Andrés Marín, Rocío Márquez, La Choni, Fran Velasco and Guillermo Cano. He was coordinator of the educational program of the Agencia del Flamenco. Vergillos has given workshops, courses, lectures, and shows at the Universities of Sevilla, Pablo de Olavide, Córdoba, Granada, Cádiz, Barcelona, Navarra, Murcia, UCAM, Valencia, Alicante Internacional de Andalucía, Conservatory of Dance ‘María de Ávila’ in Madrid. As well as the Festival de Jerez, Bienal de Sevilla, Festival de las Minas, IES de Sevilla and Cádiz, Centro de Profesores in Málaga, Gran Teatro in Havanna, Valladolid, Salamanca, Cáceres, Zamora, Logroño, Barcelona, Dutch Bienal de Flamenco, an International Course of Flamenco Studies in Jerez, Congreso de Arte Flamenco, Congreso Universitario de Flamenco, Bienal of Young Interpreters in Rome, Festival de Nîmes, BBK series in Bilbao, Feira del Flamenco of Brasil, Villa Flamenca (Sao Paulo, Brasil), Escola Flamenca del Puerto (Porto Alegre, Brasil), Tokyo, Nagoya, House of Artists in Seúl (Korea) and many others. He directed the rerelease of historic recordings of the Universal company. He was a member of the panel of judges at the Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas, Festival de las Minas in Japan, Compás del Cante of the Cruzcampo Foundation, Flamenco Hoy, Giraldillo of the Bienal de Sevilla and Literary Competition of the University of Sevilla. He was a Flamenco critic of the Diario de Sevilla and the Joly Andalucía Group as well as the director of the magazine vaivenesflamencos.com. For 20 years he has traveled throughout the world giving courses in which he has developed a new theory regarding the origin and aesthetics of this art-form. Vergillos is the first specialist to explain the history of flamenco within the framework of the history of Spain.
Manuel Gago was born in Cadiz, Spain and began his singing career at the age of 12 singing in various tablaos in his hometown. He has collaborated and sung for many flamenco artists including Belén Maya, Manolete, Javier Barón, Manuel Reyes, and Isabel Bayón.
Juan José Amador "El Perre"
Born in 1960, Juan José Amador is a Flamencosinger from the gipsy neighborhood of Triana in Sevilla. He has made a name for himself as a prestigious professional Flamenco singer for dance in companies like those of Antonio Canales, Farruco, Mario Maya, Manuela Carrasco, Javier Barón, Eva Yerbabuena and Juana Amaya. Juan José has performed in many tablaos including the Pata Negra Tablao. He also hasalso collaborated inflamenco-theatrical projects withMarco Vargas and Chloé Brûlé.
Paco Iglesias was born in Sevilla, Spain where he studied flamenco guitar and practiced with his brothers in his youth. In 1996 he joined Manuela Carrasco’s company. The following year he worked in the Andalusian Ballet composing plays such as “Golpes de la vida”. In 2000 he performed, in different countries, the shows “Al compás del tiempo” and “Tierra adentro” along with Cristina Hoyos. Several years later, in 2004, he toured with Antonio Canales. He has also performed with Farru’s company in the show by Amador Rojas in honour to Frida Kalo released in 2008. He has played for different famous artists such as Rafael de Carmen, Joselito Fernández, Joaquín Grilo, Rafael Campayo, and Carmelilla.
Enrique "El Extremeño"
Enrique 'El Extremeño' was born in Zafra (Bajadoz) in 1954. He spent his early flamenco career studying and performing throughout the province of Huelva. At the age of 15 he began performing in the Villa Rosa in Madrid. Today he is a master of signingaccompaniment for flamenco dancers and is one of the most esteemed professionals in this area. He has toured the world with the most prestigious companies and artists including Mario Maya, Cristina Hoyos, Eva Yerbabuena, Farruco, Matilde Coral and Manuela Carrasco. Enrique El Extremeño is especially recognized for his mastery of compás (rhythm) and immense stage presence. In Sevilla in 2004 he was presented with the “El Giraldillo al Mejor Intérprete de Acompañamiento de Cante en la XIII Bienal de Arte Flamenco” award which recognized Enrique’s talent in flamenco dance accompaniment. He also has been awarded the Primer Premio at the Festival de Jerez.
Thomas Potiron was born in Nantes, France, in 1981. He began playing the violin at 4 years of age. Two years later, began studying at the Nantes Conservatory. In 1997, he continued his training at the Bordeaux Conservatory, where he won the first prize in violin in 1999, and the honor prize the year after. In 2001, he started at the Paris Superior Conservatory, where he won the first prize in violin the following year. At the same time, he often acted in the famous Parisian cabaret “Rasputin”, playing music from Eastern Europe, and was invited each year as a soloist to the classical music festival “Le Coeur en Musique”.
aniel Jurado is one of flamenco’s best contemporary guitar accompanists who has worked with many master dancers including Antonio Canales, Jesus Carmona, Pastora Galván and Karime Amaya, among others.
Oscar Lago was born in Cádiz in 1981 and began his study of flamenco guitar at age 9 with master guitarists Rafael Porras, Rafael Abujas, and Andrés Martinez. Oscar has performed in many prestigious tablaos throughout Spain including Los Tarantos, El Carmen, and El Cordobes. He has collaborated with artists like Adrián Galia, Javier de la Torre, Antonio “El Pipa”, Miguel Poveda, and Rocío Molina.
David Sánchez "El Galli"
Born in 1978, David Sánchez “El Galli” is a cantaor originally from Barcelona. Although Sánchez was born in Barcelona, at the age of 10, he returned to his family’s hometown of Morón de la Frontera. Since Sánchez was a small child, he always loved and was passionate about flamenco. His artistic career started in the tablaos: El Cordobes, Los Gallos and the Arenal. He has accompanied great flamenco dancers such as Juan de Juan, Antonio Canales, Farruquito, Andrés Marín, Rafael de Carmen, Jairo Barrull, El Junco, Alejandro Granados, Pepe Torres, Oscar de los Reyes, Javier Barón, Manuela Carrasco, Juana Amaya, Cristina Hoyos, Pastora Galván, Adela Campallo, Fuensanta la Moneta, Rocío Molina, Belen Maya, Mercedes Ruiz, and Winy Amaya amongst others.
Sánchez has collaborated on CD recordings such as: Paco Fernández’s "Sastipen Tali," Enrique el "Extremeño’s "Tierra de Barros," and recordings by Rubito de Paradas, Isabel Luna, Raquel Morey, Paco de Amparo y Son de la Frontera. Sánchez also appeared in the Jóvenes Flamencos De Morón "Al Compás De Morón" DVD. David has been aired on various TV programs and has extensively toured several countries, performing in some of the most prestigious theatres in the world. David has sung in numerous international flamenco and music festivals. As a solo artist, he has performed in Más Jóvenes Más Flamencos Bienal de Sevilla 2004, Festival Para Jóvenes, Bienal De Sevilla 2006, Festival Xl Gazpacho de Morón 2007, Festival Manolito El De Maria, Festival Centenario Del Nacimiento De Diego Del Gastor in Morón De La Frontera 2008, as well as many singing recitals at Peñas Flamencas.
Luis Moneo was born in Jerez de la Frontera in 1961 to the Moneo family who are historically renowned for the generations of emblematic Jerez singers. Though he began as a flamenco guitarist, Luis Moneo is best known for his cante. Described as an innate echo, the ancient and profound strain of his voice reflects not only Jerez but the voices of his ancestors.
Miguel "El Cheyenne"
Born in 1980, Miguel Rodríguez Fernández, “El Cheyenne,” is a percussionist from Granada, Spain. Cheyenne belongs to a Spanish gypsy family that has strong ties to the art formof flamenco. Growing up with such an artistic family in a Gypsy neighborhood in Granada, Cheyenne could not help but develop a passion for this art.
At a young age, Cheyenne began playing in small ensembles made up of neighborhood friends. In 1998, Cheyenne founded the music group "Color Flamenco," of which he was the musical director and arranger.
El Cheyenne began working in the tablaos of Sacromonte-Tarantos, Venta Del Gallo, and Tablao Albayzin, among others. This work allowed him continue to develop as a percussionist and play for the baile. Currently, he is among the top players for flamenco dance in the world. Cheyenne plays cajón for many top dancers, playing most frequently for the dancers, Iván Vargas, Fuensanta “La Moneta,” and Manuel Liñan. El Cheyenne is also in high demand as a precisionist of rock, Celtic, Arabic, jazz, salsa, and latin music.
El Cheyenne has worked with a wide variety of singers, dancers and guitarists, including: Juan Andrés Maya, Patricia Guerrero, Luis De Luis, A.Canales, Javier Latorre, Daniel Navarro, Marina Heredia, José El Francés, Diego Amador, Juan Ramirez, Chonchi Heredia, Antonio Serrano, Sergio Pamies, La Ambulancia Irlandesa, Henri Vincent, Horacio Fumero, Miguel Ochando, Rafael Habichuela, David Carmona, Agustin Carbonel " El Bola", Ana Cali, Alba Heredia, Conchi Maya, and many others.
As a percussionist, El Cheyenne has appeared in some of the finest festivals inside and outside of Spain for including, Festival Flamenco Buenos Aires, Arte Flamenco Festival in Monterrey, Festival Flamenco De Albuquerque, Festival Flamenco Mont de Marsan, Festival Flamenco USA, and the flamenco festivals in Nimes, Marseille, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Paris, Morocco, London, Turkey, Prague, Finland, Luxembourg, Seoul and Italy.
Victor Marquez "Tomate" is a guitarist from Córdoba. He comes from a family of well-known flamenco guitarists, “Los Tomates de Córdoba”. Marquez began his training at the age of 9 under the tutelage of his cousin Juan Manuel Muñoz “El Tomate”. His training continued under the direction of his uncle Juan “El Tomate” who he attribute with having instructed him in vocal accompaniment.
Professionally, Marquez has worked in numerous shows and with many companies including those ofRafael Amargo, José Porcel, Manuel Liñan , Rafael Martos, Antonio Canales , Guadalupe Torres, Cecilia Gomez, Adrián Santana, andOlga Pericet.
Marquez combines his work in theaters with work in Spain’s most prestigious tablaos.
Paco Vega was born in Sevilla to a flamenco family, and received his first lessons of compás (rhythm) from his father, the dancer Paco Vega. He has also received lessons from Israel Suárez “Piraña” and Ramón Porrina. Throughout his career, which began at a very young age, Paco has been creating, configuring and developing his own concept and language of flamenco percussion. It is for this reason combined with his skill that Paco has shared the stage with flamenco masters like Farruquito, ‘El Lebrijano’, Antonio Molina “El Choro”, María Pagés, Joaquín Grilo, Patricia Guerrero, and Montse Cortés, among others.
Javier Teruel was born into to the Moneo family who are historically renowned for their generations of emblematic Jerez singers. Has worked with Antonio El Pipa. The son of singer Manuel Moneo, this young guitarist is up-and-coming in the world of flamenco guitar.