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Dancer Yoel Vargas is a young force to be reckoned with. Among his recent accomplishments are receiving the Outstanding Dancer award at the Certamen Coreográfico de Madrid and also becoming a member of Manuel Liñan’s company. This year, at the age of just 19, Vargas received the prestigious El Desplante award at the Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas (watch above.)
Don’t miss the rare chance to see Vargas’ artistry onstage in NYC! Catch him at our Navidad Flamenca.
Hosted by the Latin Grammys, a historic gala focused solely on flamenco took place in the Plaza de España on Nov 13, gathering 5,000 entertainment industry figures from from across the globe to feel its power. The performance ran for four hours straight and featured over 100 artists including legends like singer Carmen Linares, dancer Manuela Carrasco, and guitarist Tomatito. Present among the attendees was nearly every flamenco family and dynasty you could think of––Camarón de la Isla’s, Paco de Lucía’s, the Farruco family, and the Morente family, to name a few.
In celebration of International Flamenco Day, Apple Services announced a large-scale flamenco project spanning nearly all of its most used apps. Anyone with access to these apps can enjoy the offerings, ranging from Apple Music playlists curated by flamenco experts like Soleá Morente and Paco de Lucía’s daughter, an Apple Maps guide to flamenco spots in Sevilla, featured flamenco readings on Apple Books, and even select App Store games that have introduced flamenco content to their digital worlds.
To further honor the genre, the Latin Grammys produced a nearly hour-long audiovisual piece, gathering several flamenco superstars to create a stunning tribute. Set in none other than the Alhambra and its neighboring hotel, the video gave flamenco its proper throne in the musical world. Featuring established artists like dancer Belén López but also newcomers like singer Omar Montes, this film is a testament to the value of flamenco and importance of its evolution over time––seen both in the performances and in the performers’ own words. Watch it above!
Vicente Gomez, one of the great classical and flamenco guitarists of the 20th century, composed but never fully orchestrated his work Concierto Flamenco. In this concert by the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra, the legendary guitarist’s composition experiences its world premiere, finally coming to fruition.
David Morales delivers a follow up to his critically acclaimed flamenco musical LORCA / Muerto de Amor with the NYC debut of BOLIVAR INVICTUS/ Amor en Libertad. This show, centered on Simon Bolívar and his love affair with Manuela Saenz, has been likened to “Hamilton in the key of Flamenco and Caribbean Rhythms.”
answer: Flamenco Puro!
Flamenco Puro (1986) is a significant marker in flamenco’s history in the US as the first ever (and only, to this day) musical about flamenco to hit Broadway. It was featured in Flamenco Vivo’s “100 Years of Flamenco in New York” exhibit mounted in partnership with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
One of the musical’s beloved stars was Angelita Vargas (1946-2023), who passed away last weekend, leaving behind an enormous legacy in the world of flamenco, and a family who carries on her tradition as a dancer. She began dancing at the age of 3 and toured throughout her childhood, establishing herself as a tour-de-force and continuing to dance around the world until just a decade ago, when she then dedicated her time to training and teaching the flamenco dancers of the future. In the New York Times’ review of Flamenco Puro, they described her as “with a smile as sweet as her long fuchsia skirt.” Vargas contributed to the art form beyond measure and will go down in history as one of its most important figures, particularly in the Roma style of dance.