The Joyce Theater
Now–Sunday, June 26
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“… the piece addresses limits, including those that might be keeping flamenco from reaching wider audiences.” – Brian Siebert for The New Yorker
Experience choreographers and two of flamenco’s most exciting artists: José Maldonado and Karen Lugo push the boundaries of flamenco with this new work featuring live accompaniment and an original score by José Luis de la Paz.
RAVE NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW
Review: Flamenco Within and Beyond a Boundary
New York Times Review of FRONTERAS
“You don’t have to read the program note to understand that the choreographers, the guest artists José Maldonado and Karen Lugo, are against the imposition of boundaries, social and artistic, and want to transcend them. But the limits they have imposed on themselves and their fellow cast members are fruitful. This is an uncommonly deft balancing of the individual and the group in flamenco, and solid entertainment to boot.” – Brian Siebert for The New York Times
MEET THE CHOREOGRAPHERS
JOSÉ MALDONADO was born in Barcelona and received his degree in Spanish Dance and Flamenco from the Professional Conservatory there. At 18 he moved to Madrid to study with María Magdalena, Paco Romero and La China, who heavily influenced him. He became a member of several different companies varying in style from the most traditional to the most contemporary: Javier Latorre, Antonio Canales, María Pagés, Blanca Li, Guito, Rocío Molina, Rafaela Carrasco, Marco Flores, Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía, and Carlos Chamorro. Maldonado received first prize for Best Solo Choreography (2013) and Group Choreography (2015) at the Madrid Certamen de Danza Española y Flamenco. His last commission for Flamenco Vivo was heralded as “the rare flamenco group piece that doesn’t stifle the individual spirit.”
KAREN LUGO is a Mexican flamenco dancer who has a deep knowledge of and respect for tradition while being curious and inventive. As a choreographer, she received the First Prize in Flamenco Dance from the International Festival of Almeria. Under the direction of Javier Latorre, she performed in Carlos Saura’s film Flamenco, Flamenco and in the show “El Duende y el Reloj” as Prima Ballerina. She has participated as a soloist in many of the world’s most important festivals including the Flamenco Festival of Jerez, “Jóvenes Flamencos” in Madrid’s Teatro Español, “Los Veranos del Corral” in Granada, the SGAE Foundation’s “Flamencos y Mestizos” in Madrid’s Sala Berlanga and in the city of Úbeda, the Festival Flamenco Ibérica Contemporánea, and the Flamenco Festival Cuidad de Jaén.
MEET THE COMPOSER
JOSE LUIS DE LA PAZ
JOSE LUIS DE LA PAZ is an award-winning guitarist and composer whose original music ranges from traditional to experimental flamenco. In 1995, he was lauded as one of the best guitarists in Spain in Felix Grande’s “Agenda Flamenca.” He was the musical director and composer for Ballet Cristina Hoyos (star of Carlos Saura’s films) for 10 years, and he has accompanied numerous legendary Flamenco singers and dancers such as Carmen Linares, Jose Mercé, Arcángel, Argentina, Manolo Marin, Antonio Canales, Farruquito, Concha Buika, and Belen Maya. He is known for his profound knowledge of the tradition and the roots of flamenco, his desire for research and experimentation, and his contemporary approach to flamenco music. A virtuosic artist, Jose Luis is considered one of the best guitarists working today.
GUESS THE PAINTER!
Which flamenco dancer painted this?
Hint: He’s featured in Flamenco Vivo’s FRONTERAS!
José Maldonado! That’s right––in addition to being a flamenco dancer, Maldonado is also a skilled visual artist. Check out his process in the videos above!