Víctor Márquez “Tomate”

Cordoba guitarist descendant of a family of flamenco guitarists known as “Los Tomates de Cordoba”, he begins his apprenticeship with nine years under the tutelage of his cousin Juan Manuel Muñoz “El Tomate”. His teaching continues by his uncle Juan “El Tomate”, instructing him in the accompaniment to singing. Professionally, he has worked on numerous shows and companies, highlighting Rafael Amargo, José Porcel, Manuel Liñán, Rafael Martos, Antonio Canales, Guadalupe Torres, Cecilia Gómez, Adrián Santana and Olga Pericet, among others. He usually works in tablaos as Flamenco (Tokyo), and, in Madrid, Las Carboneras, Villa Rosa, El Corral de la Pacheca, Casa Patas, Cardamomo, Las Tablas, among others.

Interview Víctor Márquez “El Tomate”

 

«Well, from my apprenticeship I highlight Juanma “El Tomate”. He taught me a lot about the flamenco styles and the guitar for dance because from the age of 11 I used to get involved with him at the dance academy every afternoon. With him I learned a lot accompanying the dance, while I spent a year living with my uncle Juan “El Tomate”, with whom I learned a lot from accompanying to sing. My brother was also very much involved, he sang equally and I learned a lot thanks also to him.

»At home, from my childhood, I remember joining the family and it was always a party. My cousins always played the guitar, my parents and my brothers sang.

»About the tablao I highlight everything. It’s what I like the most, every day is different, I really enjoy the improvisation of dancing and singing. There are moments in the tablao that make you feel free, without seting up anything, only what comes out in the moment. There are incredible days».

 

Tacha

Born in Elche (Alicante), where she began her studies in classical dance and Spanish dance in the school of her mother, Pilar Sánchez. At the age of 18 she moved to Madrid where she began her professional career in dancing with different companies: Compañía de Carmen Cortés, Manolete, Antonio Canales, El Güito, among others.

During that time she combines her work dancing in the most important tablaos of Madrid (Corral de la Morería, Venta del Gato, Alcazaba, Al Andalus, Café de Chinitas, etc.) and Mexico (Gitanerías, Triana).

 

Since 2000 she runs her own tablao, one of the most prestigious in Madrid, Las Carboneras, where she currently dances every night.

She is a founding member of the company Arrieritos with whom she has worked in many of its productions, including “13 rosas”, winner of the Max 2007 awards for the best show and the best choreography. The company Arrieritos was created in 1996 and since then has premiered the shows: “Arrieritos somos” (1996), “Ande yo caliente”, “Todos los gatos son pardos”, “Diario de un abrigo”, “Tablaos, fiestas y saraos “, “Despacio y solitos”, “Entablao” and “Oh solo mío”. The company has managed to consolidate a line of work based on the miscegenation of different styles, both musical and choreographic, between the world of flamenco and that of contemporary stage dance.

She has also developed her teaching work in countries such as the United States, England, Italy, Israel, Brazil, as well as in various schools in Spain. In 2017 she taught a flamenco course and participated in the tablao of Albuquerque (New Mexico).

Tacha: “In a tablao is all like more animal”

The artistic co-director and co-founder of the Tablao Las Carboneras, plus dancer, talks about her 28-year career in flamenco, from “El Güito”, Antonio Canales, and Arrieritos; the dream fulfilled which led to her having a tablao, and her vision of contemporary flamenco, that she says it is between the vanguard and the old.

—The Tablao Las Carboneras is the culmination of all your experience, is the result of everything you wanted to do in flamenco when you were 18?

—Well, I had not thought of it as I wanted to have a tablao, but it is true that with time and when I started dancing professionally flamenco and I started to find out that it was flamenco for tablao what I liked as form of expression. I love to dance in companies, theaters and shows, but flamenco for tablao is what fills me. Yes, I did have a dream of having a tablao.

—Everything went to reach that conclusion at the end that was having a tablao.

—And it was a dream that one day I dreamed of and that it suddenly happened. I was lucky: I met Manuela [Vega] and Ana [Romero]. Manuela’s husband [Ernesto Díaz] had already opened a restaurant [Las Mañanitas] and he knew well the hostelry part. When they saw this place, she realized that this was a tablao: “This is a tablao, Ernesto”. She had been mom and was a little off, but we had been long time partners in other tablaos and we knew how to work together. Then she told us to Ana and me (and other people) to be partners of the tablao.

— It could have happened that you created a flamenco company, but you did this, which is something different.

—Of course, because our focus has always been dancing flamenco for tablao farther than for theater. Is our way of seing flamenco, or to feel it, let’s say.

—Because improvisation is important?

—Yes, because when you’re in a tablao everything is improvised and an energy is created that it isn’t created in a scenario when all is assembled. Improvisation makes you free and that’s why is a therapeutic dance. The truth is that the feeling you get when working like that, that you do not know what will happen, between freedom to vertigo, it’s a feeling that the theater is not giving you. In a theater you have to go with an assembled show, rehearsed music, cuts … here you come in and here you go out … In a tablao’s all is very tradicional, like always, respecting the canons and codes and all what surrounds flamenco, but from a more animalistic site. It’s like going to a jam session, there plays the singing, guitar, dancing. It’s like a game, really.

—Besides, you usually vary greatly the group of artists involved in that game.

—Sure, every fortnight the tablao cast changes and people are always very alive, very active, very receptive. Because, of course, we are the ones who are always there, we come in and out, but for those coming from outside always have a day of adaptation of the guitarist with the other guitarist; Ángel Gabarre, which is permanent, which is one of the best singers for dancing in Madrid, and all singers want to work with him because they learn a lot. So is created…  in our tablao professional people go for pleasure, because they enjoy working there because our way of working encourages them, and moves them, they like it a lot, they enjoy it a lot.

—Would you like to mention the people who have influenced you in your time of dancing in tablaos and companies?

—Yes, of course, I have coincided with many people. But what influenced me was being with Antonio Canales, with all the musicians who worked with him, with “El Viejín” with Ramón Jiménez, from whom I learned a lot, but I’ve also been with “El Güito”, although with him it was sporadic. With Antonio I was five years. Also, with my colleagues we created a company, Arrieritos, which still exists, what happens is that I am no longer in the new productions, but that was also a beautiful work that we did because we were investigating with flamenco and contemporary dance; I would not call it fusion because I kept dancing flamenco in Arrieritos, not nothing but dancing flamenco, but let’s say that the concept of the shows was more contemporary and also marked a change for all the flamenco people and their way of building shows: Arrieritos pioneered in that field.

—And after seeing these two aspects of flamenco, what sense do you have of where flamenco is today, both tablao and theater?

—Now? Well, now there’s so much … There are two extremes right now, is what I see. At the end it is Israel Galván, which is not considered flamenco by many people, as purists. And I do see it as flamenco, what happens is that he is on the stratosphere, it’s like dancing flamenco in 3D, he’s from another galaxy. But in my opinion he uses flamenco and he knows how to use it, really. That’s one end … O Rocío Molina, who is also a researcher. And then there is the flamenco among the rest of us mortals, because these are immortal, haha​​, among others there are many people, who dance very well, which are returning to the oldest. It is like fashion, now leads eighties, seventies, sixties, ranging cyclical. Well, in flamenco is a bit the same, it is becoming much looking at the old, to the formerly form of dance, of course with the evolution that has taken apart the dance, guitar and singing. I see young people today focusing on the oldest form of dance.

—Another of the successes you have had with the flamenco tablao is the creation of a dance competition, which is where you see what is being cooked now.

—There it is. There are most of the contests there in flamenco, but not all, where you perform your dance prepared. Actually, this contest is designed for tablao, you get to the tablao not rehearsing with anyone, you raise and dance and everyone know their profession. In that aspect the contest is focused, people come with no rehearsal, to dance with the musicians we give them, and so they are all equal and have to know how to dance all styles: we ask you to tell us at least three palos that do not match and they can be put on a show; while we do a competition, we’re seeing a show, audience come to it and there can not be four alegrías or soleás. The competition is having a really cool effect that has also caught in a moment of crisis and for us is an effort, but on the other hand, we see that people have no goals, no illusion because there is no work and this, of course, motivates them to set a goal or at least enjoy a day of work with a few awesome musicians and a very cool atmosphere is created, all the comrades go, everyone supports everyone, a day in order to enjoy the musicians behind them so that they best express themselves.

—Well thank you.

—’re welcome, haha.

Lorena Franco

She made contact with dance for the first time at age 5 at the Nieves Camacho dance academy in Córdoba, continuing her training at the flamenco dance studio Encarna López and Rafael del Pino “Keko”. In Spanish dance she studied at the Professional Conservatory of Córdoba, Luis del Río.

In the years 2005-2007 she was part of the Andalusian Dance Center under the direction of maestro José Granero. She takes Spanish dance courses with Manuel Carrillo, Paco Mora, Paco Romero or Juanjo Linares. In contemporary dance she studied with Trinidad Sevillano, Genesia Kindelan, Anael Martín, Pilar Pérez Calvete, María Rovira and Miguel Vázquez. In addition, he studies flamenco with Daniel Navarro, Eva Yerbabuena, Javier Latorre, Edu Lozano, Andrés Marín, Isabel Bayón, Matilde Coral, Rafael Estévez “Manzaneque”, Álvaro Paños, Rubén Olmo, Antonio Canales, Nani Paños, Rafael Campallo, Adela Campallo or Andrés Peña.

From 2007 until today, she is a member of the Eva Yerbabuena Flamenco Ballet with the shows “5 Mujeres 5” (2007, 2008); “A cuatro voces” (2007-2009); “The memory spindle” (2007, 2008); “Santo y seña” (2007-2009); Tribute X Anniversary Flamenco Ballet Eva Yerbabuena (2008); “Lluvia” (2010-2016); “Federico según Lorca” (2011-2015); “Apariencias” (2016).

Between 2001-2004 she was a member of the show “Siempre … flamenco” directed by Inmaculada Aguilar and sponsored by Cajasur, which also includes renowned personalities such as cantaor José de la Tomasa.

Participation in the show “Invitación a la danza” organized by the Orchestra of Córdoba.

Participation in the Flamenco Dance Gala (Pro Alzheimer Association “San Rafael”) at the Gran Teatro de Córdoba.

2005-2006

Acts in the XIV Flamenco Biennial, in the Tribute to Maestro Granero (Giraldillo Award for the best choreography) year 2006.

Participation as soloist in the cycle of performances of the singer Manuel Cuevas (winner of the Lámpara Minera award), highlighting thw one at the Cante de las Minas Festival of La Unión.

Member of the II National Dance Congress held in Córdoba.

2007-2008.

Member of the Chiqui de Jerez Company with the shows “Carmen” and “Pasión Andalusia”, during a tour in Italy (San Remo, Florence, Milan, Torino, Catania …).

Performance in the “Scalo 76” program of the first Italian channel (RAI)

Dance teacher at Hini Educare S.L.

Dance teacher at the Tempo School (Sevilla).

2008-2010

She is part of the show “Bailando a Camarón”, directed and choreographed by Javier Latorre.

Participates as a soloist in a circuit of clubs and tablaos in the province of Cádiz.

Participates in the XIII Festival de Jerez, with the Company of Andrés Peña and Pilar Ogalla in the show “Cádiz de la Frontera”.

She joined the Company of Daniel Navarro, in the show “Cálida hondura”, premiered in the second “Noche Blanca del Flamenco” in Córdoba, as a soloist.

2011-2018.

She works as a soloist in the tablao Los Gallos (Seville), Las Tablas (Madrid), Los Tarantos (Barcelona), Tablao Ramblas (Barcelona), Las Carboneras (Madrid), among others.

She is a soloist of the show organized by the Seville City Council in collaboration with the Eva Yerbabuena Flamenco Ballet “Devoción y persuasión. Santas de Zurbarán “.

She works as a soloist and teacher in Japan for the company Iberia, represented by Teruo Kabaya.

She participates as a teacher in the Flamenco Estudio Danza school directed by Tamara López and Úrsula López.

She is part of the Condarça flamenco company with the show Romero de Torres.

Collaborates as a soloist in the show “Rojo y rosa” by guitarist Agustín Carbonell “El Bola”.

She began the work of repeater at the Flamenco Ballet Eva la Yerbabuena.

2017

She is part of the cast of Tablao Garlochi in Tokyo during the months of February, March and April.

Teacher in schools such as Alicia Márquez and Flamenco Estudio Danza by Úrsula López.

Solo dancer of Tablao Flamenco Los Gallos.

Olga Llorente

Olga Aznar García, better known as Olga Llorente (Sant Adrià de Besós, Barcelona, ​​1990), is a dancer and choreographer. Graduated in Spanish Dance at the Professional Conservatory of Barcelona (Institut del Teatre). Training at the La Tani flamenco school and at the Pilar Domínguez school. Later she received classes from teachers such as Antonio Canales, Javier Latorre, Farruquito, La Chana, Marco Flores, Belén Fernández, Rafael del Carmen, Rafaela Carrasco, Carmen Ledesma, Antonio El Pipa, Eva Yerbabuena, Belén Maya, among many others.

She has collaborated as a dancer in the film “Flamenco” by director Carlos Saura. She has performed in the festival Más y Más in the tablao Los Tarantos (August 2008); in the play “Fedra” directed by Javier Latorre and Miguel Narros sharing the stage with Lola Greco, Alejandro Granados, Amador Rojas, Carmelilla Montoya (2009-10); at the festival in Gorbió (France) in 2013; at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid with Rafael Amargo (2013); in the show  Ópera y Flamenco at the Poliorama theater and Palau de la Música in Barcelona (2013/14); at the Teatro Real (Madrid) with Ara Malikian in November 2014; in the Generalife gardens at the Granada and Lorca Festival as the first dancer with the show “Poeta en Nueva York” by Rafael Amargo (2015); in the company of Antonio Canales (2015); at the Jazz Festival of AARUS with Perico Sambeat and the Jazz Orchestra of Denmark (2016 and 2017).

She has collaborated as a choreographer in the show of José Agudo (choreographer/ assistant of Akram Kham) in his show “Silk Road“.

She has performed and toured Colombia, Santo Domingo, China, Israel, Turkey, Korea, Russia, Germany, France, Japan, Argentina, Morocco, etc.

She has danced in the following tablaos: Los Tarantos, Tablao de Carmen, El Molino and El Cordobés (Barcelona), Los Gallos, El Arenal and Cristina Hoyos Museum (Seville), Tablao Albaicín (Granada), Tablao Villarosa, Corral de la Morería, Casa Patas, Tablao Cantares, Las Carboneras and La Estación de los Porches (Madrid). She performed in Japan at the tablao El Flamenco in 2010-2011 and in Garlochi in 2017-2018

She has shared the stage with artists such as Pastora Galván, El Farru, José Maya, Marco Flores, Manuel Liñán, La Repompa, Belén Maya, Diego Carrasco, Juan Ogalla, El Junco, Rafael del Carmen, Barullo, etc.

“Vicente Escudero” Award for her dance by seguirilla in 2006 at the VIII Young Values ​​Competition of the city of L’Hospitalet. First prize in Spanish Dance at the Dance Contest of the city of Castellón, 2009. Contest of the Perla de Cádiz, prize for free dance for siguirilla in 2013.

Tamar González

Born in Madrid. At the age of 8 she started dancing and at age 11 she began studying in the Royal School of Dramatic Arts and Dance, taking up to 5th of classical ballet and the Spanish dance career.

Her artistic career begins at 15 years of age in the company of Paco Romero with “Tríptico flamenco”. Two years later she joined Rafael Aguilar‘s company with the shows “Carmen”, “Bolero”, “Yerma” and “Rango”.

At the same time she enriches her studies with Aurora Bosch, Carmen Roche, Rosa Naranjo, José Granero, Ciro, Paco Romero, Merche Esmeralda, Manolete, Javier Latorre, Antonio Canales, Joaquín Grilo, among others. That same year she began working at the Cafe de Chinitas in Madrid.

She has been part of the company of José Antonio and her Ballets Españoles with the choreographies of “La vida breve”, “El sombrero de tres picos” and “Goya en danza”. Shortly after, she works in the company of Paco Peña with “Arte y pasión”, together with the Losada brothers for three years.

In 1999 she joined Antonio Márquez‘s company where taught classes Granero, Raúl Tino and Nuria Leiva, among others, in which she performed shows such as “Reencuentros”, by Granero, “Movimiento flamenco”, by Javier Latorre , and “After Carmen”. In 2000 she moved to Japan for two years, collaborating as the deputy director of the Parque España show “Corazón Flamenco”, choreographed by Rafael Martos.

In 2002 she collaborated in the musical “Mil y una noches”, produced by Tito Losada and choreographed by Antonio Canales and Juan Andrés Maya. She also works at the company Teatro del Duende with the work of “Entre palos”, also choreographed by Juan Andrés Maya and Pepa Carrasco.

She has worked with the companies of Diego Llori, Pascal Gaona (ex-dancer of the National Ballet), Francisco Velasco (first dancer of the National Ballet); Bruno Argenta and Natalia Ferrandiz with “VOY!”, a work directed by Teresa Martín, as well as in the company Carmen Cortés with “Mujeres de Lorca”; María Pagés, with the shows “Sevilla” and “Canciones antes de una guerra”, inaugural Gala of the EU presidency at the Teatro Real. (2005-2008).

In 2007 she was part of The young flamencos of the 21st century in the tablao El Cordobés of Barcelona, ​​and in 2008 she works in the Expo of Zaragoza with the company of Alfonso Losa. In 2010-2011, she participates in the Tablao del Carmen of Barcelona in the Young Flamencos cycle as a guest artist. In 2012 she works in the Alfonso Losa Company at the Alburquerque Festival and teaches classes there.

In 2010 she began to travel to India with various shows during four years, some tours in which they highlight: “Sufí Sutra” and the Jodhpur Flamenco & Gypsy Festival in Rajasthan, sharing the stage with Pepe Habichuela, Josemi Carmona, Chano Domínguez and Agustín Carbonell “El Bola”.

Show “Dressed to Dance” at the Guggenheim Museum New York.

“Suma flamenca de Madrid” of 2014 at the Corral de la Moreria.

“Retiro Flamenco” by Rafael Casado, presented on tour in South Korea (2016).

“Sed”, directed by Carlos Chamorro and presented in Tel Aviv (Israel 2016).

“Samsara, a flamenco show”, presented at the Nayarit Centennial Festival in México (2017)

She has performed at private parties for personalities such as the ex-president of the United States Bill Clinton, the King and Queen of Spain, Doña Sofia and Don Juan Carlos, at the inaugural gala of the presidency for members of the European Union at the Teatro Real of Madrid.

As a teacher she has taught at the Casa Patas Foundation (Madrid), Albuquerque Festival (USA), in Munster (Germany), Vienna (Austria), Sufí Sutra Festival (India), Las Cabales (Guadalajara, México), Betty Villareal (Monterrey, México) and in JP Carlos in Tokyo (Japan). She has given master classes at the Centenario Nayarit Festival and at the School of Music and Dance of Alcobendas (Spain).

She currently works in the most prestigious tablaos in Madrid, such as Las Carboneras, Villa Rosa, Casa Patas, and Corral de la Morería.

Claudia Cruz

(Cádiz, 1986). At the early age of 5 years she began to receive flamenco lessons. Currently, with more than 10 years of experience, she combines performances in tablaos (such as Las Carboneras), festivals and most important national and international stages. She stands out for a technique acquired thanks to her training and professional career. She has carried out shows with her own signature as her last work, “Hilenco, danza homenaje al amor-arte del Rey del pop Michael Jackson”, a project that the artist is currently developing.

She has shared stages with relevant artists of the scene and is required to teach courses both in Spain and in other countries, among which are Argentina, Uruguay, Costa Rica, the United States, Japan, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

Throughout her career she has collaborated with artists such as: Antonio and Juana del Pipa, Sara Baras, Marco Flores, Rancapino, Remedios Amaya, Duquende, Niña Pastori and Josemi Carmona, among others.

The most important works she has done in recent years are:

  • Premiere of the show “Cai se bebe el sol”, on tour in South America (2018)
  • Premiere of “Hilenco“, Videodance (2018)
  • Flamenco Festival in Paris, Circo Romaní (2018)
  • Albuquerque Festival (New Mexico), special collaboration with Marco Flores

(2017)

  • Finalist of the National Competition of Córdoba (2016)
  • Special collaboration in the show “Entrar al juego” by Marco Flores in the XX

edition of the Festival de Jerez (2016)

  • Participant of the III Flamenco Festival of Japan (2014)
  • Bailaora soloist of the Antonio el Pipa company (2008-2014)

Some of her most outstanding creations:

  • Hilenco, dance tribute to the love-art of the King of Pop Michael Jackson

(Currently)

  • Cádiz–Sevilla, Qué maravilla (2015)
  • Ni el hambre la vamos a sentí (2014)
  • Con alma (2009)

Work for press and advertising:

  • She has collaborated with the magazine GQ New York under the direction of Pedro Almodóvar, sharing photographic report with Jon Kortajarena, Inma Cuesta, Adriana Ugarte, among others.
  • She has also collaborated with the jewelery firm Carrera y Carrera in Macao, China

José Manuel Álvarez

Sevilla, 1985. He has worked with directors and choreographers such as Marco Flores, Olga Pericet, Juan Carlos Lleida, Guillermo Wieckert, Daniel Doña, Rubén Olmo, Javier Latorre or Pepa Gamboa. Under the direction of Craig Rivel he made a season with the musical “Flamen’ka Nueva” in Paris and London. He participated in shows of Yoko Komatsubara’s company touring the main theaters of Japan. He has also collaborated with Antonio Canales, Las Migas, the tap dancer Roxane Butterfly, the company Increpación Danza and the master of the tar Hamid Khabbazi. He is part of the Marco Flores company in “Laberíntica” (2014) and “Entrar al juego” (2016), and of the new production “Sin permiso” by Ana Morales that will premiere at the Seville Biennial 2018.

Since 2014 he is exploring his role as a creator that has led him to present the small format “Solo con” (Barcelona 2014), the choreographic piece “D-Structures” at the Theater de la Ville (Paris 2014, Ciutat Flamenco 2017) , “Ángulo muerto” with Lucía Álvarez “La Piñona” (Barcelona 2015) and “Hostal Pascual” (Barcelona 2016). He is currently in the process of producing his next show, which will premiere in Barcelona in 2019.

He performs regularly at the Palau de la Música together with Maestros de la Guitarra and Pedro Javier González, and with the Aurora musical ensemble. Also in different tablaos such as Villarrosa, Las Carboneras, El Corral de la Morería, El Cordobés, El Tablao del Carmen, etc. He was the artistic director of the disappeared Tablao Flamenco Ramblas in Barcelona.

In 2017 he opened his flamenco studio ¡La Capitana! in L’Hospitalet (Barcelona). He has been a visiting professor at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona and teaches materclasses all over the world. In 2012 he won the Free Dance Prize for siguiriya in the national competition of La Perla de Cádiz.

Cristóbal García

Born in Malaga in 1983. He began his professional career in flamenco as a solo dancer in different tablaos, theaters and flamenco festivals in Spain and abroad.

Tablaos: Los Tarantos, El Arenal, El Carmen, El Cordobés, Casa Patas, Las Carboneras, Villa Rosa.

Festivals: City of Málaga Flamenco Festival, Antonio Mairena Flamenco Festival, Boyazil Festival (Turkey), Athens Festival (Greece), Newcastle Guitar Festival, Brussels, Luxembourg, Amsterdam Flamenco Festival, Olla Flamenca Casabermejas (Málaga), Flamenco London Festival, Geneva Flamenco Festival, Kazakhstan Festival (Astana), etc.

Winner of the First Prize in the National Contest of Cante and Flamenco Dance of Estepona (Málaga).

He stars in the role of Jeremías in the musical flamenco “Los Tarantos” represented in Barcelona, ​​Madrid and Athens.

Participates in the II, III, IV and V Bienal de Arte Flamenco de Málaga in different shows such as “Yo no sé la edad que tengo“, by José Losada; “Carrete“; “En familia”, by Trinidad Santiago “La Trini”; “Sabor a Malaga“, produced by the Diputación de Málaga.

Premieres and produces the show “Otros” at the Carthima Theater in Cártama (Málaga) and at the Echegaray Theater in Málaga.

Auxi Fernández

Bailaora and actress, born in Cádiz. Auxi began dancing with only five years of age at the Teatro Andalucía (Cádiz). She has been a guest artist in the shows of great artists such as Chick Corea, Jorge Pardo, Simon Shaheen and Juan Pérez Rodríguez Trío, among others. She has shared the stage with figures such as Carles Benavent, Concha Buika, Niño Josele, La Tana, Sara Baras, among others.

In his journey through the US she creates her shows “Encontrándote” and “Caminos”, which are presented at the prestigious Flamenco Festival in NY.

Other works are “Flamenco”, with which she receives a nomination for best musical theater production of the year 2014 at the ACE (New York) and Aires Flamencos awards for the Flamenco Festival of Chicago 2015.

Auxi also participated in:

Tribute to Paco de Lucía, Cancún.

“Touchtone” DVD by Chick Corea.

DVD “Mariana Pineda”, Company Sara Baras.

DVD “Dreams”, Company Sara Baras.

Photo book “Dream of Don Quixote” by Peter Müller, Sara Baras Company

Photo exhibition “Flamenca NY” by Angelica Escoto.

Collaboration in the flamenco documentary “The Sea is for Everybody” by Yaco Neches.

Collaboration in the film “Flamenco in NY: A Bow to American Producers, Artists and Educators” presented at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Collaboration in the documentary “Flamenyco” by Javier Benitez Zúñiga

Private event for Prince Charles of England at Buckingham Palace, Sara Baras Company

Private event for the Ambassador of Spain in the USA, Cathedral of Washington DC

Image for two different white and red wine labels during the Flamenco Festival Chicago 2014 and 2015, created by City Winer.


 

«I started at Pilar Ogalla‘s school when I was five years old because I told my mother to write me down. After two months it was the end of the course, so I went on stage at the Andalucía de Cádiz theater, an incredible memory. Then I was with her for six years. For me the training has been at school and on stage. Tanguillos competitions are held in Cádiz, so I was always dancing on stage. When I was eleven years old, I decided to go with María José Franco, where we had a group that was called Revuelo. We won a contest on TV, “Sonrisas y lágrimas”. Then I also went to Cádiz with Charo Cruz, before to Seville to the school of Manolo Marín and later with Chiqui de Jerez, when I was already 15 years old. I went to an audition made by Luis Adame, the owner of El Cordobés, the tablao in Barcelona, ​​and he took me. My parents had to go to take responsibility for me, since I was very young. As it was what I had always wanted, my father and mother, with all the pain in their hearts, let me go to Barcelona. That’s when my professional career began, with Charo in hotels or with María José in peñas like the peña Camarón. And already as a professional I went to El Cordobés, where I arrived with a four-month contract and he wanted to renew me and I spend there 13 months. And because my mother went to get me back, but I would have stayed longer. In that year’s Cádiz festivities Sara Baras performed and auditioned and took me and then also, at 16, for her company. She had to do the show “Juana la Loca” in Chile and “Sueños” at the Teatro Real in Madrid. With her I was three and a half years traveling around the world, at that time Sara worked a lot, with the shows “Sueños” and “Mariana Pineda“.

»While in the United States with Sara, José María Bandera invited me to see Chick Corea‘s show and he met me and later invited me to make a recording at the Palau de la Música and a tour of the USA for two months and another for Japan. as a solo dancer.

»Then I settled in Madrid and started working in the Corral de la Morería and in all the tablaos and going on tour. I was like this until I was 26 years old when I decided to go to the US and, since I am also an actress, I studied acting at Susan Paxton’s school. There I lived four and a half years and the truth is that I had many opportunities, I worked dancing, I produced my shows and I presented them at the Flamenco Festival in New York and Chicago, I did very important performances at private parties. And two years ago I returned to my land, with my people and happy here.

»I feel very comfortable in a tablao, it is much closer to my colleagues and the public and it feels differently, the energy is completely different. So I really enjoy working in a tablao and it’s something I need, I would not feel good just working in theaters. The tablao I think is the basis of an artist and I think that everyone has to go through a tablao. It’s a completely different way of working, I love it».

José Maya

Young bailaor born in a gypsy family of artists: painters, actors and writers. His ancestors are the historic bailaora Fernanda Romero and the cantaor Rafael Romero “El Gallina”. He is also related to the famous painters Antonio Maya and Jerónimo Maya. He began his career as a bailaor with nine years of age sharing a billboard in Madrid with dancers such as Antonio Canales, Juan Ramírez and Joaquín Grilo.

With only thirteen years he is already part of the companies of “El Güito” and Manolete doing various tours around Spain. In 1998 he obtained the Copa Pavón award and participates as guest artist in the show “Raíces” by Antonio Canales.

Prize to the best dancer in the Choreography Contest of the Community of Madrid in 2000. Scholarship by the Author Foundation at the prestigious Chair Alicia Alonso of Classical Dance, with which she acts as a guest artists at the Young Ballet of the Community of Madrid.

In 2005 he is claimed by the French filmmaker Tony Gatlif to be the first dancer of “Vertiges“, doing an extensive tour of France and Italy. Since 2007 he is a member of the guitarist Tomatito’s sextet touring Europe, America, China, Russia and Japan. Premieres with Farruco and Barullo “Al natural“, a flamenco musical acting for a month at the Theater Alcalá of Madrid and presented at the Jerez festival.

That same year he is invited by the producer Pino Sagliocco to dance in the concerts of pop stars like Marc Anthony and Beyónce with whom he performes in the Palacio de los Deportes de Madrid and at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona.

In 2008 he presents “El velero de las rosas” together with Lola Greco as guest artist, premiered in the Corral de Comedias of Alcalá de Henares in the Suma Flamenca Festival and in the Veranos de la Villa in the Sabatini Gardens.

In 2010 he premiered “Grito” with Alfonso Losa premiered at the festival Flamenco in Torrelodones, represented at the Suma Flamenca festival and in the Teatro Central of Seville within the framework of the programming of the Seville Biennial 2010.

In 2011 he presents “Maya” at the Flamenco Festival of Jerez, receiving a great reception on the part of the critic. He toured the USA and Canada with the show “Tengo compás” represented at the Albuquerque International Festival, in New York’s Skirball Center, Marines Memorial Theater of San Francisco and at the International Percussion Festival of Montreal.

In 2012 he presents his show at the Flamenco Festival of La Villette of Paris. In 2013 he participated in the tribute show “Carmen Amaya en la memoria” with Pastora Galván, Karime Amaya and Gema Moneo. In 2014 he premiered his latest creation at the Le Palace theater in Paris “Latente“.