NYC Season 2018
BAM Fisher

May 15-20, 2018

For its anniversary season, Flamenco Vivo will premiere Mujeres Valientes, a new work by flamenco legend Belén Maya that explores the fundamental power and courage of 17th-century Mexican poet and philosopher Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and 19th-century activist and South American revolutionary Manuela Sáenz. Mujeres draws on the stories of these two trailblazing women, who, over the centuries, have challenged authorities and fought against ignorance, inequality, and injustice. The second half of the program will also feature new solos by José Maldonado and Guadalupe Torres, giving the audience an opportunity to witness the kind of electrifying artistry that has won them prizes in Spain. Maldonado and Torres all come to Flamenco Vivo through a partnership with Madrid’s El Certamen de Coreografía de Danza Española y Flamenco, the famous competition for up-and-coming talent in Spain. The program features Flamenco Vivo’s international company of eight dancers and five musicians, with all works performed to live music.

Tuesday, May 15th – 7:30pm

Wednesday, May 16th – 7:30pm

Thursday, May 17th – 7:30pm

Friday, May 18th – 7:30pm

Saturday, May 19th – 2:00pm & 7:30pm

Sunday, May 20th – 2:00pm

BAM Fisher – 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY

IN THE STUDIO: MUJERES VALIENTES

EN EL ESTUDIO: MUJERES VALIENTES

SEASON EXTRAS

First Night Fiesta

May 15th – 7:30pm

Join us on opening night for a post-performance reception with the Company and a tapas and wine pairing by Addictive Wine and Tapas, recently named 10th best wine bar by Travel & Leisure. Tickets start at $150 and include priority seating for the performance.

Talks

Pre-Show Chats
May 16th, 18th, 19th – 6:30pm
BAM Fisher Lower Lobby

Flamenco experts offer insights into the art form, for first-timers and aficionados alike. This event takes place in the Fisher Building Lower Lobby and is free for same-day ticket holders, but pre-registration is required to fvcsinfo@flamenco-vivo.org.

Post-Show Artist Talk
May 17th

This artist talk takes place in the performance venue and is free for same-day ticket holders.

MEET THE ARTISTS

Belén Maya

Belén Maya

Choreographer & Director of Mujeres Valientes

Considered one of the most important contemporary flamenco artists in the world, dancer and choreographer Belén Maya has pushed the limits of this art form through her constant quest for innovation. Maya is not only known for her contemporary and sophisticated way of moving, but she is also regarded as an innovator. Her visionary approach to flamenco was perceived as daring, especially by previous generations. What is today accepted as a contemporary way of dancing was, during the early years of her career, considered a radical deviation from the norm.

Maya is the daughter of two of the greatest flamenco dancers of their generation: Carmen Mora and Mario Maya. She was born in New York City while her parents were on tour, and began her dance studies at Amor de Dios in Madrid. Her training in classical dance began with Rosa Naranjo and Juana Taft. In classical Spanish dance, she has studied under Maria Magdalena, Paco Romero, and José Antonio. In the areas of jazz and contemporary dance she has studied with Goyo Montero, Teresa Nieto, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Her flamenco teachers have included Paco Fernández, Manolete, La Tati, El Guito, Carmen Cortés, La Tona, and many others. Maya was featured in Carlos Saura’s 1995 film Flamenco. Her performance in this film would become a milestone in flamenco dance as interpreted by women, opening new avenues in terms of concept, musicality, movement, and costuming. Transparent and in balance with tradition, Maya has fused her Gypsy heritage and training in contemporary and experimental dance to become one of Spain’s most influential flamenco dancers and choreographers of today.

Gaspar Rodriguez

Gaspar Rodriguez

Musical Director, Guitarist

Gaspar Rodriguez was born in Estepona, Málaga, and has had an extensive career as a Flamenco guitarist and composer. His music is deeply rooted in the traditional while also embodying a modern-day sensibility in its expressive, avant-garde sound. He has won several prestigious awards including the “Sabicas Prize” and was a finalist of “La Union” in flamenco guitar. An accomplished composer of music for dance, his music has been featured in dozens of works for celebrated companies such as El Nuevo Ballet Español under the direction of Angel Rojas, the company of Cecilia Gómez, and in the contemporary flamenco group Cañadú. As a composer, guitarist and music director, he has graced the stage at many acclaimed theaters throughout the world and collaborated on numerous discographic productions and soundtracks. Gaspar has accompanied some of the most renowned figures in the art form today such as Antonio Canales, Juan Andrés Maya, Rocío Molina, David Morales, Angel Rojas and Angel Muñoz as well as singers Rocío Marquez, Maite Maya, Antonio de Canillas, and Rocio Bazán. Gaspar performs regularly in the famed Madrid tablaos El Corral de La Moreria, Tablao Villarosa, Casa Patas and Las Carboneras. He teaches workshops in technique and accompaniment throughout Europe and the Americas and currently serves as guitarist and Music Director for companies in the US, Canada and Spain.

Rafael Abolafia

Rafael Abolafia

Scenic Direction

Rafael Abolafia (Scenic Direction - Mujeres Valientes). MA-PhD Studies in English Philology, Universidad de Jaén. Degree in Acting and Corporal Expression, Centro de Estudios Escénicos de Andalucía. Visiting Scholar at Performance Studies (NYU). Affiliated Fellow at Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics. He has studied stage directing, theatre anthropology and analysis of dramatic texts, with Richard Schechner, Diana Taylor, Jack Hofsiss, Ortunomillan, among others. He worked as the Direction Assistant at Centro Andaluz de Teatro for seven years, combining directorial assistance in theatre plays with coordination of international encounters and research groups. Rafael has taught at Instituto Cervantes NYC, United Nations International School and collaborated as a Visiting Scholar and Publication Assistant at Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (CUNY). Among his latest creations as a theatre director, The Last Call was awarded with Best Lighting Design and Best Actor at United Solo Festival 2015. He has recently worked with Meira Goldberg and José Moreno in R A Í Z, an experimental flamenco performance. ATI Award 2018-Best Microtheater Director.

Antonio Hidalgo

Antonio Hidalgo

Associate Artistic Director, Dancer

Antonio Hidalgo was born in the town of Lucena (Córdoba) Spain, and has worked with many various companies throughout his professional career. These include those of Jose Antonio, Carmen Mora, Jose Greco and various flamenco-fusion groups such as Kon-raza and Arickytwon. Hidalgo appeared with Antonio Gades where he danced the principal role of Escamillo. He has collaborated with companies such as that of Maria Benitez, Masamy Okada and The Latin Ballet of Virginia as well on Spanish television and in theatre productions with such directors as Miguel Naros, Salvador Tavora and Antonio Molero. In partnership with Inmaculada Ortega, he directs the Company Aroma Flamenca. He has received commissions from the New York State Council on the Arts for his acclaimed pieces Mano a Mano, Bailaor/Bailaora and Imagenes Flamencas which toured nationally and premiered in New York at The Joyce Theater in 2001, 2002 and 2006 respectively. In 2007 Antonio received the Premio Andaluz de Lucena for outstanding artistic achievement. Most recently Antonio has been working as rehearsal director and performer with the Fundación Antonio Gades whose mission is to preserve the legacy of this most famous Spanish choreographer.

Guadalupe Torres

Guadalupe Torres

Soloist

Guadalupe Torres was born in Madrid and obtained her degree in Flamenco and Spanish Dance from the Royal Professional Conservatory of Dance in Madrid. Her professional career began with the Compañia Andaluza de Danza in Seville and later with the Companies of: Maria Pages, Manuel Liñan and Marco Flores and winning the best prize in the Festival of Jerez with the latter two. Her own production Acuerdate Cuando Entonces has been presented in the Bienal in Holland, Festival in Helsinki, the Festival of Jerez and her most recent project ROBLE has toured Paris, Mexico, Festival de Milan, Festival in Moscow, Festival de Albuquerque among others. She has won three separate prizes at the prestigious Madrid Certamen de Danza Española y Flamenco: Best Choreography for La Rosade Gerineldo in 2017, best soloist for De Los Rincones and best choreography for A meidos Colores. Guadalupe performs in Madrid’s best tablaos including Casa Patas, Corral de la Moreria, Villa Rosa and combines her performing career with teaching as guest Master Teacher at the Conservatory Superior of Dance in Madrid and in Japan, Argentina, Italy and China

José Maldonado

José Maldonado

Soloist

José Maldonado has worked with some of the most revered artists and companies in Spain including Javier Latorre, Antonio Canales, María Pagés, Carmen Cortés, El Guito, Rocío Molina, Rafaela Carrasco, Marcos Flores, and Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía. He often appears in Madrid’s finest tablaos, including Casa Patas, Corral de la Morería, Café de Chinitas, Villa Rosa and Las Carboneras. A Barcelona native, Maldonado moved to Madrid at 18 to study with María Magdalena, Paco Romero, and La China. Over the span of his career, he has earned numerous awards, including the first prize for Spanish dance at the competition in Castellón, best solo choreography (2013) and first prize for group choreography (2015) at the Madrid Certamen de Coreografía de Danza Española y Flamenco. In addition to his work as a dancer, Maldonado has a passion for painting and his work, as well as costume designs, has been featured on a variety of programs.

Estefania Ramirez

Estefania Ramirez

Principal Dancer

Estefania Ramirez began dancing at the age of four, studying classical ballet, modern dance and African dance forms. Upon completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and Dance at the University of New Mexico, she toured nationally with Pablo Rodarte‘s Dance España as principal dancer. Contracted by Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco she toured extensively in the U.S. and Canada performing in venues such as Jacob’s Pillow, Santa Fe Stages, and PBS’s Evening at the Pops conducted by Keith Lockhart. In Spain she worked as a dance professor at the Centro Valenciano de Danza and movement theory teacher for the Ministry of Culture and Education. Presently, she is Co-Director of Entre Flamenco Company with Antonio Granjero. With EF, she received 2010 Choreography award from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio. She founded Spanish DanzArt Society a non-for-profit organization. At present, Mrs. Ramirez resides in Santa Fe, NM and is the co-director of the Santa Fe School of Flamenco.

Elisabet Torras

Elisabet Torras

Dancer

Elisabet Torras was born and raised in Barcelona, earned her B.A. in Spanish Dance/Flamenco from the Conservatory of Dance and Theater continuing her studies in Madrid. Her training is based on Flamenco, Classical Spanish Dance, Escuela Bolera, Spanish Folklore, The Emma Maleras Castanet Method, Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Elisabet has toured Europe and Asia with Flamenco, Classical Spanish Dance and Zarzuela companies. In 2009, she was guest artist at the Flamenco Festival “Viva España” in Moscow and the “Presidence Belge” Festival in Brussels. With pianist Manolo Carrasco she toured Spain and China and performed with Javier Latorre’s Somorrostro Dansa Flamenca and worked with Rojas & Rodriguez Company in 2011. Since 2013 Elisabet has been performing across the USA as a solo artist and with NY based Flamenco companies such as A Palo Seco, American Bolero Dance Company, Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca and Latin Grammy Award Winner Hernan Romero. She performed as solo castanet artist at Dance Heginbotham, with opera singers Anna Tonna and Larissa Martinez and with classical orchestras. In 2016 she was a special guest for the 31st Annual Gala of Zarzuelas at Carnegie Hall. Elisabet has taught Spanish Dance in Madrid, Barcelona and at Moscow’s Flamenqueria – a Russian institute dedicated to Spanish traditions. She currently resides in New York City where she teaches and lectures on Spanish Dance.

Isaac Tovar

Isaac Tovar

Dancer

Isaac Tovar was born in Valladolid and finished his studies at the Professional Conservatory of Dance in Seville in 2001. He began his career in the Taller de la Compañía Andaluza de Danza and in May 2004 became a member of Centro Andaluz de Danza under the direction of José Antonio. He performed in the Festival de Peralada and was an artist in the film Iberia by Carlos Saura. Isaac toured as soloist with the Company of Rafael Aguilar and then went on to become a member of the Company Antonio Gades. In 2005, he became a soloist in the National Ballet of Spain. In August he was a member of the Company that received the first prize in the Certamen de Choreography in the Teatro Albeniz with a choreography entitled “XY.” Upon leaving the Ballet National in 2010, Isaac became a member of the Company of Aída Gómez and also presently performs with Ursula López and the Nuevo Ballet Español. Most recently, he was awarded the first place prize for Dance in the renowned La Perla de Cádiz competition in May 2015 and second prize for Solo Choreography in the 2016 Certamen de Coreografia de Danza Española y Flamenco.

Emilio Ochando

Emilio Ochando

Dancer

A native of Valencia, Emilio Ochando began studying dance at age 9 and within a year was performing in various festivals and competitions within the classical dance and flamenco frameworks. He received his degree from the Royal Conservatory of Madrid and has performed with the Ballet Nacional de España, Compañia Domingo Ortega and Nuevo Ballet Español. Upon the formation of his own company in 2013, Emilio was awarded a one year contract with Universal Studios, Japan. He won 2nd Prize in 2011 and First Prize in 2016 for his choreographic works in the Certamen de Coreografía de Danza Española y Flamenco in Madrid. He was also the recipient 2016 Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana prize, which brings him to New York this fall to work in residency with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana.

Eliza Gonzalez

Eliza Gonzalez

Dancer

Eliza Gonzalez began her studies in ballet at the age of three in her hometown of New Orleans. Her flamenco training began in New Mexico under María Benítez, Martin Santangelo and Soledad Barrio, and later in Mexico with Raul Salcedo and Marisol Moreno. She has studied under Mario Maya, Belén Maya, Alejandro Granados, Israel Galván, Pastora Galván and Yolanda Heredia and most recently in Madrid at Amor de Dios with Alfonso Losa and Miguel Cañas. She moved to the Bay Area in 2005 and joined Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco, directed by Carola Zertuche. Eliza travels to Mexico City to study with Mercedes “La Winy” Amaya- niece of the legendary Carmen Amaya- and Marien Luévano. While there she has performs at the local tablaos appearing at La Cueva Rociera, Hojas de Té, Estudio Agora and the Tablao Academia Amaya alongside Cachito Díaz, Mario Díaz, Mercedes “La Winy” Amaya, Santiago Aguilar, Marien Luévano, and Alfredo Millan, among others. Eliza currently teaches in New Orleans at Dance Quarter studio.

Francisco "Yiyi" Orozco

Francisco "Yiyi" Orozco

Singer, Percussionist

Francisco "Yiyi" Orozco of an Andalusia family, born in Barcelona, was introduced to Flamenco rhythms at the tender age of four. Yiyi was trained by flamenco singer and father-- “Joselón de Jerez” in his Spanish peña named “Peña Fosforito”. Considered a “child prodigy” of percussion Yiyi began his professional career at the age of twelve. By age seventeen, and one CD later, he became more involved with singing, and left Spain for Germany on a long-term contract with the company “Flamenco Rubio”. Since that time he has performed with “Compañia Flamenca Alhama” throughout Europe and Japan; with María Benitez “Teatro Flamenco” and Domingo Ortega as well as at “Casa Patas” in Madrid; with Jose Greco II; and with world-renowned guitarist Serranito. He has also performed with Alejandro Granados, Yolanda Heredia, El Toleo, El Pelao, María Serrano, La Tania and Antonio Granjero.

Pedro Medina

Pedro Medina

Guitar

Pedro Medina was born in Murcia Spain in 1982, obtaining his musical formation through folkloric music playing the bandurria, the laud and the violin. He toured Spain and France as a folkorist musician and then began to study the guitar at the Municipal Music School in Archena. In Madrid he studied with el Maestro Enrique Vargas and with Jorge Pardo, El Viejín, René Toledo among others. A multi instrument artist he plays percussion paino, bajo and he has his own recording studio: MadrilesRecords. He has collaborated with: Mojo Project, Gato (producido por Tony Lopez de Ska-p), Quinto Parpadeo, Lucrecia, David Andreu, Maktub, La Húngara and Escoberito. He has toured with Nuevo Ballet Español and as a member of Jose Luis Gutierrez Quartet. He shared the stage with Tomatito, Jorge Pardo and Carlos Benavent. He collaborates often with Elena Andujar, Raúl Jimenez, Raùl Garcia "El Cobo," Ismael Tamayo and David Carrasco. As producer he has worked on the CD’s of David Andreu, Luis Rodrigo, California Project, Manuel Lama, Fabrizio Fiore (Italia-Suiza), Isabelle (Boston) and Esteban Ciudad among others. He has produced, created and arranged along with Gaspar Rodriguez for the short Primer Asalto" starring the actress Paca Gabaldon.

Jesus de Utrera

Jesus de Utrera

Singer

Jesus de Utrera was born in Utrera in 1974 and at a very young age began performing and learned under the tutelage of Enrique El Extremeño. Jesus began his artistic career working with the Company of Angela Españadero "El Flamenco" and in 2000 was a member of the Company Tres al Compas with whom he toured Costa Rica. The years 2001-2002 saw him performing with the Company of Maria Benitez Estampa Flamenca throughout the United States. In 2003 he was featured with Juan Ogalla in New York City. He toured Holland, Germany and Belgium with the Company of Pilar Tabora He then spent a number of years performing in Tokyo sharing the stage with such famous artists as Extremeño, La Moneta, Pedro Sierra, La Tobala, Oscar de los Reyes, Mara Martinez, Maria Jose Franco, and Claudia Criz among others. Jesus has worked in various tablaos such as Casa Patas in Madrid and the famous Los Gallos en Seville. In 2008 he toured Japan with the company of Angela Españadero and toured Croatia and Slovenia with Flamenco Puro and toured with the Company of La Truco to Moscow. And performed in Buenos Aires in 2011 at the Bienal de Arte Flamenco. Most recently Jesus performed with the CUMBRE FLAMENCA Compañía Carmen la Talegona.

Diego Villegas

Diego Villegas

Flute, saxophone, harmonica

Diego Villegas was born in Cádiz and infused with flamenco from a young age by the environment in which he was born and through his sister Raquel Villegas, a dancer who guided him in his studies. He studied at the Academia Municipal learning clarinet and percussion which led him to become a member of La Banda de Música “Julián Cerdán” de Sanlúcar de Barrameda, as soloist at the age of 12. He later finished his studies of classical guitar graduating from Conservatorio "Joaquín Villatoro" in Jerez de la Frontera. Studying at the school of Contemporary Music and Jazz at the University of Cádiz, he played both tenor and soprano saxophone and opted to concentrate on flamenco music. He has worked with well-known artists such as Remedios Amaya, Jorge Pardo, Antonio Fernández Montoya ‘Farru’, Ángel Muñoz, Enrique ‘El Extremeño,’ Calixto Sánchez, and Enrique Heredia ‘El Negri.” His current projects include: “Bajo de Guía,” “Flamenco-Jazz PROJECT” y “En Acústico” where he demonstrates his personal style of flamenco infused with jazz, la bossa and Latin styles without losing the pure spirit and style of flamenco.

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