Kélian Jiménez

Born in Madrid in 1979, Kélian Jiménez belongs to a family of professional flamenco guitar musicians. His musical education comes from his childhood for belonging to one of the Madrid neighborhoods, Caño Roto, where flamenco has been and is the cradle of great artists.

His training in flamenco dance was acquired by professionals of great prestige and name such as Manolete, El Güito, La China, María Magdalena, Antonio Canales, Adrián Galia and, in contemporary dance, Teresa Nieto, Lola Greco, as well as in several training centers.

His debut was at age twelve through the company of Rafael Aguilar and with the play “Carmen”, next to Teresa Berganza. Then came his belonging to the company of Antonio Canales for four years with the works “Torero“, “Narciso”, “Cinderella”, “La casa de Bernarda Alba“, “Raíz” and “Gitano”.

Then came his involvement in the foundation of the Arrieritos company with the creation of different shows nominated for the Max awards in 2006 and 2007.

In addition, he has worked with the companies of El Güito, Lola Greco, Hermanos Losada, Esther Ponce and Paco Suárez, among others.

Currently, in addition to teaching dance courses, he continues acting in tablaos such as Las Carboneras and in theaters.

Laura Fúnez

Laura Fúnez (Madrid, 1996) is a graduate in Spanish dance at the Royal Professional Conservatory of Dance Mariemma. He obtains several awards, among which the Outstanding Dancer in the IV Certamen Coreográfico de Tetuán and the first Prize of the V Concurso Internacional de Danza de Almería. Currently, she is a solo dancer and dance body in different professional companies such as Enclave Español, dSyR, Cía. Nota de Paso or Carlos Vilán.

Saray García

Saray García was born in Jerez de la Frontera in 1986 where she wakes up in a big early interest in flamenco dance. Being just 7 years old she begins receiving classes with Jerez professor Ana María López. Along with her teacher she enters flamenco group Semilla Flamenca performing in Festival Mont de Marsant (France), Festival Bulería (Jerez), Jerez Flamenco Fridays, etc.

Later she decided to expand her knowledge receiving flamenco dance classes with artists such as Farruco family, Juana Amaya, Rocío Molina, Joselito Romero, among others.

She has grown as an artist in flamenco tablaos as:

– Jerez tablaos: Lagá de Tio Parrilla, La Taberna Flamenca, and Bereber.

– Sevilla tablaos: Los Gallos or El Arenal.

– Tablao in Barcelona: El Cordobés, Los Tarantos, El Carmen.

– Tablaos de Madrid: Las Carboneras, Villa Rosa, Casa Patas.

– Tablao de Japón: Garlochí.

We can stand out her solo performances as:

Viernes Flamencos in Jerez 2002, 2006 and 2014

– Festival de Jerez 2009 acting in the lounge La Compañía.

– Tours abroad with her own group: France, China, Germany, London, New Mexico, Japan, Belgium.

Prizes received:

– First Prize in III Dance Contest Las Carboneras 2014.

– Second Prize in the National Contest La Perla de Cádiz, 2014.

– En 2019 recibe el premio artista revelación del ciclo De peña en peña del XXIII Festival de Jerez.

 

Interview Saray García

 

«My training is based on tablaos»

 

«From my training I emphasize that, when I had been in dance school for two months, when I was six years old, my teacher took me to a Festival in La Linea de la Concepción. That feeling of getting on stage, contact with the public … It’s something I don’t forget.

»From my professional career I highlight the moment of sharing the stage with artists that I have always followed since I was little.

»And for me dancing in a tablao is one of the most important spaces for an artist. I think every artist should step on the tablaos because it is where they learn the most every day. It is where the truth of flamenco is lived at all times. It is a more intimate space between the artist and the public. I personally owe a lot to tablaos since my training is based on tablaos ».

José “El Pelirrojo”

José Manuel Martínez, “El Pelirrojo“, was born in Alicante in 1998 in a family of Flamenco tradition in which his second cousin the singer “La Susi” stands out. His beginnings with the guitar emerged at the age of 12 in a self-taught way. Later, at age 15, he began his professional career in flamenco, working with artists such as guitarist Juani de la Isla and singer Ana Reverte, as well as playing in large national and international stages such as the National Auditorium of Madrid, among others .

Alejandro Moreno

Madrid guitarist born in 1988, disciple of maestro Enrique Vargas. He began his professional career with 16 years, mainly for the different flamenco tablaos and colmaos, concert halls and theaters of the Madrid capital.

He works with artists such as Marco Flores, Manuel Reyes, Karen Lugo, Mariana Collado, Hugo López, Luis Peña or Pedro Córdoba.

He works with them both in Spain and abroad, traveling to different countries such as Japan, USA, Mexico, Colombia, Turkey, Czech Republic, France or Nigeria.

He currently works on both his own projects and those of other artists, as well as being part of the different casts of the most important tablaos in Madrid such as Villa Rosa, Casa Patas, Las Carboneras, Torres Bermejas or Teatro Flamenco de Madrid.

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Ricardo Moro

Born in Madrid in 1989. He graduated in Spanish Dance and Flamenco at age 15. Later he joined the Ballet de Carmen Mota, a company followed by others such as Belén López; Flamenco Hoy, by Carlos Saura (directed by Rafael Estévez and Valeriano Paños); Flamencos En route, as a solo dancer and choreographer (sharing a poster at the Dusseldorf Opera with Mats Ek and Ana Laguna); Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía (directed by Rafael Estévez and Valeriano Paños); María Juncal, in “Flamenco nuevo”; Carlos Chamorro, in “Sed” and “Mujeres de Jacinto”; La Truco, in “Sentencia” (Festival de Jerez), among others.

He currently works in the different and prestigious tablaos of Madrid: Corral de la Morería, Casa Patas, Villa Rosa, Café de Chinitas, Las Carboneras, Torres Bermejas.

And Seville: El Arenal, Los Gallos. As in Los Tarantos, in Barcelona.

In 2013, he was awarded the second prize of choreography in the Dance and Performing Arts Contest of Alcobendas with his own choreography, “Catharsis”.

 

 

 

Clara Gutierrez

Clara Gutiérrez is born in Córdoba in 1988. She begins to dance at the age of five and subsequently enters the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza de Córdoba, performing her studies of Spanish Dance.

Combines this training with studies in different dance academies and courses with different artists until she makes her professional leap as a solo dancer and in companies traveling through countries like Morocco, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Japan, Taiwan and working with artists such as El Pele and Dorantes.

She focuses on the branch of dance as a soloist and begins her career with her own group in different performances, programs and festivales throughout Spain. In addition, she begins to enter to the programming of different tablaos such as Casa Patas, Villa Rosa and Las Carboneras in Madrid, as well as in other cities of the country.

Awarded with prizes such as the first Jóvenes Flamencos de Córdoba, first prize City of Córdoba, third prize La Perla de Cádiz, second prize Villa Rosa, participates in important flamenco competitions such as the Festival de La Unión de Murcia and the Concurso Nacional de Córdoba.

She has worked as a flamenco teacher in different countries, being Japan a regular country for her and in where she lives long periods.

She currently works as a dancer in different tablaos and lives in Madrid. She maintains her dance school in Córdoba and prepares her first show with her own company.

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El Oruco

Jose Manuel Ramos “El Oruco (Seville, 1987) received his first lessons with the Sevillian bailaor “El Torombo” with whom he shared the stage in the flamenco season of the Diputación and the Coliseo Cubierto “El Palenque” in Seville, then passing to hands of Juan Manuel Fernández Montoya “Farruquito“. He has complemented his studies with artists such as La Farruca, La Faraona, Antonio Canales, Juan de Juan and, among his most important works, he emphasizes his participation in the show “The Gnomes of Flamenco”, by the company of Antonio Montoya ¨Farru¨, as well as his intervention in the different editions of the Biennial of Flamenco Art in Seville, the Mont de Marsans Festival, the Paris Biennial of Flamenco Art, the USA Festival and other national and international events dedicated to flamenco art besides artists such as Israel Galván, Rocío Molina, Rosario “La Tremendita”, Esperanza Fernández, Pastora Galván, Argentina and José Ángel Carmona, among others. He also highlights his leading role as a bailaor in shows such as “Flamenco de Raza”, by Cantaor Curro Fernández; ¨Rara Avis¨, by guitarist Eduardo Trassierra; ¨Alma Gitana¨, of the bailaora Juana Amaya, and ¨Diquela¨ and  ¨Seis por Derecho¨, of his own authorship.

He currently produces his new show “Ladrón del Tiempo”, he participates in the shows of Rosario “La Tremendita”, Rocío Molina, Eduardo Trassierra, and continues presenting, along with his flamenco group, the works “Eco” and “Seis por Derecho” in different scenarios of Spain and the world.

As part of his teaching activity, he continues to develop an academic project, “FormArte Flamenco“, along with the dancer Karolina González “La Negra”, promoting the study of flamenco art from its structural bases, technic, rhythm and choreography, which has reached different academies in countries such as Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Greece, the United States and, more recently, Japan.

He often dances in tablaos like Las Carboneras, in Madrid.

Rocío Molina speaks of El Oruco as an instrument:

«Oruco is like an instrument that has everything, all textures and percussion, all harmonies, a complete instrument in a complete orchestra. Apart from the precision, the nuance, the strength and also the subtlety, he has above all an incredible intuition, surely because he is bailaor. He is a great musician and great dancer and he has an intuition that, of course, also allows him to have a lot of flexibility when it comes to accompanying either a bailaor, a female dancer or any musician. He is advancing the route or the speech that can make a bailaor because he knows the body, and the one who can do the guitar or the sing, because he knows them. It allows you that flexibility that also does not become a machine although it is also (he has a very firm and solid base), but when you want to attack he follows you, he attacks with you, he knows how to take you, you can make alterations of time that thanks to his intuition he picks it up right away.

»As a bailaor I define his image as a wild boar, I like him because he has that aggressiveness, that school, he has a strangeness of sweetness that is something that I find rare. He has a delicacy and sweetness in contrast to his image and his physique, which takes you away, it surprises you. You can also talk about the nuance and elegance, he is not only dedicated to the feet, he also has a body language and I like him a lot.

»And then, as the child also knows how to sing, he carries the lyrics very well, he knows how to listen very well to the song, he separates and finishes very well when he has to do it. He is very complete, El Oruco has it all, the truth is that he gives a base, in a meeting of musicians and dancers he can become a great pillar. He is like the patriarch of the ceremony. For me that’s El Oruco. That and so much more».

Daniel Ramos

Daniel Ramos was born in Madrid in 1994 and began his studies with three years of age. With 15 years he enters the Conservatorio de Danza Mariemma, finishing his studies with the final degree award and best national academic record.

Premio fundación Dávalos-Fletcher Ciudad de Castellón for the best interpreter.

Awarded in the certamen coreográfico de danza española y flamenco de la Comunidad de Madrid (outstanding dancer prize, second prize of choreography).

He has worked in companies such as Enclave Español, Carlos Vilán, Nuevo Ballet Español, Shōji Kojima, Manuel Liñán and Ballet Nacional de España, among others.

He has worked at the Tablao Flamenco Albuquerque (USA) and at Café de Chinitas and Las Carboneras, in Madrid.

Florencia Oz

Florencia O’Ryan Zúñiga (Santiago, Chile 1987) begins her studies at the Facultad de Danza de la Universidad de Chile and simultaneously participates actively in schools and events linked to the world of flamenco since she was 16 years old.

In 2007 she moved to Sevilla and continued her training linked to the Academia de Flamenco Manuel Betanzos where she studied under the tutelage of teachers such as Andrés Peña, Adela and Rafael Campallo.

In 2011 she was awarded in the XII Young Dance contest receiving an annual scholarship at the Christina Heeren Flamenco Art Foundation, which allows her to make contact with Milagros Mengíbar and Javier Barón, among other dance figures.

Between 2013 and 2016, she joined the cast of the Flamenco Ballet of Andalusia. Under the direction of Rafaela Carrasco, she regularly performs with the dance team and eventually as a soloist in three important productions: “En la memoria del cante 1922”, ”Imágenes” (awarded with the Giraldillo to the best dance cast in the XVIII edition of the Biennial of Seville) and “Tierra Lorca, Cancionero popular“.

In 2015 she participates in various festivals and competitions receiving different awards, the most prominent being the first prize of dance for alegrías La Perla de Cádiz.

In 2018, she collaborates with the singer Encarna Anillo in her show “Las puertas de Gades” within the framework of the Jerez Festival.

In May of 2019 she presents her first recital at the Távora Theater in Seville within the third cycle Life in Flamenco.

In June 2019, she presented at the 28th Choreographic Contest of Spanish Dance and Flamenco her original piece “Galerna“, which won the first choreography prize for solo. In addition, she won the first prize for the original music for dance and the Live Flamenco Award Carlota Santana New York to bring and produce her own choreography in that city.

She regularly teaches courses in various countries such as Ecuador, Russia, Poland, Israel, Germany, France and Chile.

Currently, she integrates the company of David Coria with the show “El encuentro” and “Anónimo”. In addition, she participates in the company of Rafaela Carrasco with the show “Nacida sombra” (awarded the critics prize in the XXII edition of the Jerez festival).

She also integrates the cast of “Lorca y la pasión. Un mar de sueños” by Marina Heredia, under the choreographic direction of Eva Yerbabuena, and as an active dancer in Madrid and Seville, especially.