Each year Certamen Finalists are chosen based on their ability to prepare for and perform a solo accompanied by live music at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts. Leading up to the competition, Finalists are provided with live musicians, free studio space and sessions with a mentor from the professional flamenco community. Cash and other prizes are awarded.
Previous Certamen Finalists have gone on to form their own companies, produce their own shows, perform with Flamenco Vivo II, and to teach in our arts education programs. All Certamen participants receive ongoing support and access to workshops, professional development and performance opportunities from Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana.
This year’s Certamen competition will include two levels of participation: Estudio Level (flamenco students) and Tablao Level (flamenco pre-professionals). Estudio Level applicants are restricted to the Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) and the Tablao Level is open to applicants from around the world. Ten applicants (5 at each level) will be selected Flamenco Certamen USA Finalists.
Selected Finalists will perform a choreography of their choice during a public evening event to be held at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the NYPL for the Performing Arts on Friday, October 19, 2018.
At the competition, Finalists will be judged in their category on their performance by a panel of professional artists and awards will be presented at the end of the evening.