Antonio Moreno Fernández, “Polito”

Born in Seville, from the Montoya saga, Farruco‘s grandson and Farruquito‘s cousin. Antonio Moreno Fernández, “Polito”, started his flamenco dance classes with only 7 years with the acclaimed dancer Farruquito. Polito debuted with 9 years on stage in New York with his grandfather Farruco, his uncle the cantaor El Moreno and his cousin Farruquito, continuing to tour the rest of the USA.

A multifaceted artist, he has also danced in the companies of Joaquín Cortés (since he was 8 years old, inauguration of the 1999 athletics world championship in Seville, tour of the USA and Olympic Stadium in Seville in 1999), Manuela Carrasco (Seville Biennial of 2004, with only 11 years old), Antonio Canales (“Trianero, in 2016) and Tomatito (2017). He has also had the fortune to be dancer to singers Beyoncé, Madonna and Marc Anthony, as well as Antonio Carmona and Estrella Morente, among others.

Currently, he is part of the Farruquito company in the shows “Alma Vieja” and “Farruquito y Familia“, in the stages since 2000.

In 2007 he starred with José Coronado in the television series ‘Masala’, produced by Tele 5. He has also participated in the series “Mar de plástico” in 2016, produced by Atresmedia; and in the films “Amigos”, by Marcos Cabota and Borja Manso, of 2011; “Lola”, directed by Miguel Hermoso in 2007; and “Gitano”, directed by Manuel Palacios in 2000. He has a leading role in the last video clip and documentary of the singer “Rosalía“.

He has performed in important tablaos such as El Carmen, in Barcelona, or Cardamomo and Las Carboneras, in Madrid.

Belén de la Quintana

Born in 1983, in Madrid, in a family of artists. She trained in classical ballet, Bolera school, Spanish and flamenco in the academy of her parents, Santiago de la Quintana and María José Benítez. She complements her training taking classes with teachers such as Isabel Santonja, Merche Esmeralda, “La Tati”, Ciro, Domingo Ortega, Carmela Greco, Beatriz Martín, etc.

In 2000 she began her professional life with the company of Las mil y una noches, dirigida por la familia Losada, with choreography by Antonio Canales and Rafael Estévez. With the show that gave the company its name, she works in renowned festivals and theaters around the world.

Later she moved to Seville to be part of the productions of the Andalusian Dance Center “El café de chinitas” and “El sombrero de tres picos”, directed by José Antonio and represented at important festivals.

Later she works in companies like Rafael Amargo con “Tiempo muerto”; in “Contrastes”, together with Juan Ogalla, Manoli Ríos or Pedro Córdoba; in theaters such as Cirque d’Hivern of Paris, together with Duquende and Chicuelo, and at the Festival of Argelès-sur-Mer with Vicente Amigo.

She participates as a soloist with Daniel Navarro in the opera of “Los Machado” in the Gran de Teatro de Córdoba and in the production of “El mundo por la ventana” by the dance-theater company Bailarinas por los tejados.

From 2004 to the present she combines her performances in companies with her daily work in the best and most important tablaos such as Casa Patas, Las Carboneras, Villa Rosa, Corral de la Morería and Café de Chinitas, in Madrid; El Carmen, Los Tarantos and Cordobés, in Barcelona; and El Flamenco, in Tokyo.

In 2007, she received the prize for the best choreography, along with Guadalupe Torres, for “A miedos, colores” in the choreography contest for Spanish Dance and Flamenco in Madrid.

Later she is part of the company of Pedro Córdoba in the show “Del 2000 y pico” premiered at the Pequeño Gran Vía in Madrid as part of the Original Festival program in 2013.

Juañarito

The cantaor Juan Carrasco Rodríguez was born on June 7, 1994 in Jerez de la Frontera. Resides currently in Madrid. This young musician belongs to one of the best valued sagas of flamenco singers in the world. Son of Juañares and Chelo Pantoja, nephew of Manuel Sordera, Terremoto, José Mercé and Gómez de Jerez.

He debuted with 16 years of age at the Tablao Las Carboneras in Madrid, also passing through Casa Patas and El Candela. At his young age, he has known all the tablaos in Madrid.

Welcomed by the company of Antonio Gades at age 18, he has toured the world presenting his works in various countries.

In May 2014, he came in second place in a contest of new talents in Alcobendas (Madrid).

In 2015 he appeared on a popular television program called “La Voz” on Tele 5. It was an achievement for him to be fourth in the semifinal, taking into account the competition around him.

In 2017 he worked on a show called “¡Oh Cuba!”, bringing the poetry of Federico García Lorca to flamenco singing. It was a play starring the actress Loles León.

He has developed his career as a solo artist and has perfected himself in flamenco and in musical styles within the Latin genre.

He has collaborated on albums by artists of the stature of Isabel Pantoja.

He has participated in television and radio programs, among them he appeared in the last episode of the first season of “Arde Madrid”, an original television series by Movistar + created by Paco León and Anna R. Costa.

Antonio Sánchez

Antonio Sánchez was born in Madrid in 1984. From his career it can be noted that he started in the world of guitar at an early age with his uncles Paco de Lucía and Ramón de Algeciras, and his cousin Jose María Bandera. From there, he continued studying with Juan Manuel Cañizares.

He began to work in Madrid in some of the most important tablaos as well as in the ballet of Antonio Márquez. He also worked at the tablao in Tokyo (Japan) with Domingo Ortega for six months.

Later, he spent eight months at the Tablao Cordobés, in Barcelona, ​​where he was able to meet and work with some of the best first-rate flamenco artists in dance, singing or guitar.

As a guitarist he has performed in many shows and was the second guitar of the septeto de Paco de Lucía, with whom he toured the world on tour for four years until the death of the maestro in february 2014.

 

Interview

 

“The first part of my life with the guitar has been at the flamenco school Amor de Dios in Madrid, which was where I started playing, basically. To play and feel myself guitarist.

»The second part was the step that Paco de Lucía gave me and took place when I went to work with him.

»And in the tablao I feel like at home. Because there’s a lot of love on stage, there’s a lot of quality and it’s like being at home. You feel very grateful and very accomplished».

Marco Flores

Born in Arcos de la Frontera, 1981. Is a dancer and choreographer of flamenco and Spanish dance. Among the various awards received, he stands out as winner of the Concurso Nacional de Arte Flamenco, en 2007 of Córdoba. Throughout his career he has worked with artists like Olga Pericet, Sara Baras, Rafaela Carrasco, Mercedes Ruiz, Manuel Liñán or Daniel Doña. Since 2010, he runs his own dance company, Cia Marco Flores, with three productions: “DeFlamencas,” “Tránsito” and “Laberíntica”.

During his childhood, he developed a deep relationship with flamenco that led him to become interested in dance since his teens. His early years learning were self-taught, although he supplemented his training with Antonio Canales and Javier Latorre, taking some of his intensive courses.

At 18 he began working in tablaos, allowing him to consolidate his learning. In 2000 he began a period of two years in which he worked for different companies: first for Sara Baras and then with Rafaela Carrasco. During this period, he also worked as a guest artist in the company of Miguel Ángel Berna and in Mercedes Ruiz’s.

From 2003, he began his career as co-director and co-producer of his own shows with Manuel Liñán ( “Dos en Compañía”), Manuel and Olga Pericet ( “En sus trece”, “En clave”) or Olga and Daniel Doña ( “Chanta la mui”, “Complot”, “Recital”). For more than six years they presented their joint projects.

In 2010 he creates his own company. Cia Marco Flores unveils his first show, “DeFlamencas” that year in the Gran Teatro de Córdoba. “DeFlamencas” gets the prize of the critics at the Festival de Jerez 2012.

It is also in 2012 when the company presents its second production, “Transit” at the Canal Theatre of Madrid, during the Festival Suma Flamenca. With “Transit” they turned both Spain and Europe (Germany, Sweden, etc).

His next big production was called “Laberíntica” and was premiered at the Teatro Cervantes, as part of the Biennial of Flamenco Art in Málaga. “Laberíntica” was also presented in March 2014 at the Villamarta Theatre during the Jerez Festival 2014. “Laberíntica” has also been presented at major international festivals such as the Kuopio Dance Festival in Finland.

In 2015, the company premiered the show “Paso a Dos”, starring Marco himself and prestigious dancer Olga Pericet, winner of the Ojo Crítico Award 2014 and 2015 Max Award for best leading dancer.

In 2015 he choreographed the Ballet Nacional de España in its production called “Alento y Zaguán.” In 2016, he premiered his production “Enter the Game” at the XX Festival de Jerez, where he has guest artists such as Carmela Greco and Alejandro Granados. This show was touring the United States in 2017, going through festivals such as the Albuquerque Flamenco Festival.

That same year, the company premiered its show “Alternate Phase” at the Teatros del Canal de Madrid. This production will be spinning during 2018 and 2019, passing through important places such as the Madrid International Festival in Dance or the Festival de Jerez.

In 2018, he premiered his first piece for unconventional spaces: “Extract open”. The piece has been selected to rotate within the festival network ACieloAbierto. In addition, recently the first single by Flores was also premiered, “Extrema”, appearing in different theaters and festivals in Asia and Europe.

In 2019, Marco Flores received the Critical Eye Dance Award, from Radio Nacional de España.

Currently, Marco travels around the world with his company, presenting his shows. He also continues to choreograph and collaborate with different artists and companies. In 2016 he has choreographed for the Daniel Doña Company, and also for the National Ballet of Spain in his production called “Alento y zaguán”. He has also recently choreographed in the last shows of Olga Pericet, Jose Manuel Álvarez, Conservatiorio Profesional Fortea, among others. Throughout his career he has performed several times in various tablaos, including Las Caboneras.

Lucía Ruibal

She began classical dance studies at the age of four in a school in her hometown, El Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz). Later on she joined the professional dance conservatory of Cádiz where she completed her intermediate studies in classical and contemporary dance. When she was 17, she began to study flamenco with Natalia Acosta. Soon she was trained with fundamental teachers in her career such as La Lupi and Mercedes Ruiz. At the same time she finishes her higher studies of flamenco dance at the Superior Dance Conservatory of Málaga in the specialty of choreography. She expands her training with teachers such as Yolanda Heredia, Alfonso Losa, Belén López and David Paniagua, among others.

She has been part of companies such as Mercedes Ruiz in the shows “Juncá” and “Tauromagia”; in Juan de Juan’s with “Los sones negros”; the company of Carlos Saura, with “Flamenco hoy”, or that of Rafael Amargo, with “Dionisio. La vid… y mil noches.” She also acts with her family in the show “Casa Ruibal”.

She currently works in different tablaos in Madrid, including Las Carboneras. In 2016 she won the first prize of the IV Villarosa tablao competition.

Patricia Domínguez

She began her education in 2011 with 12 years at the Escuela de Flamenco Paca García, where she studied all the disciplines of dance and with greater emphasis on flamenco, also following master classes with artists such as Antonio Canales, Eva Yerbabuena, Farruquito and others.

She started her professional career in 2016, aged 17, at the Palau Dalmases in Barcelona and, to this day, she is regularly performing at Tarantos and City Hall Theater with artists such as Pedro Córdoba, Iván Alcalá, La Tana, La Fabi, Raúl Ortega, El Perla and others. She combines performances in venues such as the Poliorama Theater and the Palau de la Música with the show Gran gala Chicuelo.

She also has the privilege, since the beginning of 2018, of being a flamenco dancer at the Puro Arte tablao in Jerez, courtesy of Raúl Ortega, where she takes the opportunity to continue training with Manuela Carpio.

In 2018 he won the first prize in the concurso de baile flamenco del tablao Las Carboneras of Madrid.

Patricia Domínguez:

«For me the tablao means to undress  yourself»

 

«From my artistic training, I would highlight that there are two people that I always remember, even if I am already working or wherever I go. I always remember their advice and they are two teachers that I had, named Eva Santiago and Susana Escoda, besides teaching me the essentials, the basic pillars of flamenco. In addition to that, the artistic training I had at the school of Paca García. Paca, who was the director, was a woman who educated with Spanish proverbs, everything she said and advised me I have got it in the sense through the Spanish proverb while I work, coinciding with people and living with others. It’s something that I find curious.

»As far as the professional thing I would emphasize that, with 17 years, Iván Alcalá, that is a dancer of Barcelona, ​​gave me the opportunity to begin. If he had not seen something in me at school and given me the opportunity, I do not know what would have happened to me, I do not know when I would have started dancing. I started in El Principal with him and, as a result of that, everything has been very nice and very neat, really. Another very important thing that marked me before and after in the professional side is when, thanks to Iván, I meet at the tablao City Hall in Barcelona with Raúl Ortega, a dancer from Madrid who lives in Jerez and has his own tablao, and when he saw me dance he gave me the opportunity to go to Jerez. I had a crazy desire to visit that land, that cradle of flamenco where I learned many things about flamenco that I did not know. Above all, everyday things about flamenco, what it was like to live with flamenco, that in Barcelona I had not had the opportunity to experience it every day since I got up until I went to sleep. That’s something that, since I met him, I go annually, I have my own musician friends there and Jerez is already part of my life.

»And what does it mean to dance in a tablao for me? For me the tablao means to undress, to be on top of the tablao is to undress, to be transparent, there is no trap or cardboard, as you feel that day with your experiences, with what you have, you are that person that day and what happens that day is never repeated again. In a show we have lights, we have large stages, choreographies, all that covers many of the things that we can carry inside. And in the tablao, on the other hand, it is the opposite. In addition to the direct one-on-one in moments of seconds with the guitarist or with the cantaor, the improvisation, which is lived in the tablao daily, is part of the tablao. For me it’s the beauty of flamenco. And to meet people. The beautiful thing about tablao is that, wherever you go to dance, you always meet new people, new people sing to you, new people play to you. All these are new sensations to learn and to share. And sharing in a tablao is something wonderful. In fact it’s what I’ve been doing since I was 17 and I’m not myself without it»

 

Paula Comitre

Born in Sevilla in 1994, she began her dance studies at the age of three and at the age of 8 she entered the Antonio Ruiz Soler professional dance conservatory in Seville. In 2012 she obtained the title in the specialty of Flamenco Dance. In that same year she joined the Andalusian Dance Center (CAD).

In 2013 she began to be part of the dance corps of the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía for three years, under the direction of Rafaela Carrasco, with whom she made national and international tours with the shows “En la memoria del cante“, “Imágenes” (work awarded with El Giraldillo for the best show by the XVIII Flamenco Biennial of Seville) and “Tierra-Lorca Cancionero Popular” (which receives the Giraldillo for the best body of dance for the XVIX Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla).

In May 2015, she received the second prize of the XVI Andalusian Young Flamenco Contest organized by the Provincial Federation of Seville of Flamenco Entities.

It is the following year when she receives the second prize and the mention of the public prize in the V Flamenco Dance Contest of Tablao Villarosa.

She has worked in different tablaos such as Casa Patas and Corral de la Pacheca until in 2017 she joined the Tablao Flamenco Los Gallos of Sevilla.

In 2018 she won the second prize in the flamenco dance contest at Tablao Las Carboneras in Madrid.

She is currently part of the David Coria Company that perform the show “El encuentro” and the company of Rafaela Carrasco where she performs the show “Nacida sombra“.

Yerai Cortés

Yerai Cortés was born in Alicantinas, grows up in a humble family that lives flamenco in a homemade way. With the support of his mother and the teaching of his father who put the music in his hands, he has been able to play worldwide in important theaters and share the stage with artists such as Rancapino, Farruquito, Richard Bona, El Guadiana, Jorge Pardo, Pitingo , among others.

 

Interview Yerai Cortés

“For me tablao means a game, a jam session”

 

«I was born and raised in Alicante although my family is from Andalusia and I started playing because my father plays the guitar and he was the one who taught me. I started playing the cajón to accompany him and he would take me to the stage when I was a little boy at the end of the fiesta of the tablaos where he works in Alicante. I was asleep and I woke up for the end of the party and went up to touch the drawer. Until I started playing the guitar with ten or eleven years old. The truth is that I caught it late, but that was the moment. From there I took the guitar and started studying it with my father and in a self-taught way. Well, before I met Norman [Contreras] in some classes of drawer to which my mother inscribed me in a social center. The teacher was Norman, who is now my godfather. We took a lot of trust and connection and I took him to the house. Finally my father, my mother and he became compadres. Moreover, he baptized me, he is my real godfather of baptism. After that, my father puts the guitar in my hands. My godfather opened a tablao and that was the first place where I started playing the guitar. My father was my influence on the guitar itself, but my godfather was my influence at the dance. He is the one that made me so fond of dancing until today.

»From then on I started working professionally at the tablao when I was 14, when I started to run the house. Until I arrived in Madrid and left the flamenco guitar to work in a bar in the Plaza Mayor cutting lemons and carrying a mini-program of weekend concerts for which I called to play the four that I knew. It was a pop concept, more songy or modern, so to speak. I spent some time working with Sandra Carrasco, whom I met at that time because she was a friend of Tania, my girl. I came to Madrid for my girl, for love. Sandra gave me the opportunity to work in Madrid with her and we also toured with Richard Bona. As a result of that I went sometimes to the Tablao de Las Carboneras because Tacha is from there, from Elche, and I knew her because she had once been to my godfather’s tablao because they knew each other. I went to see her a couple of times at the tablao Las Carboneras and I left drunk from there, she always reminds me of it. She laughed a lot because I had a great time and I loved it. I was very excited to work there, until one day she gave me the opportunity to work in the tablao. It was the first tablao in which I began to work in Madrid. After that, the truth is that everything went super fluid because they started calling me from a tablao, from another, then the dancers themselves who did their solo projects … In short, very well, the truth is that very happy.

»One of the jobs that I highlight most in my career is being able to work with Richard Bona, who is a heavyweight and a huge musician that I admire very much. And now I’m working with Farruquito, who I’ve known practically since I’ve had use of reason, although not personally but artistically. I have learned a lot from him and today I work with him and for me it is a dream. Thanks, Madrid.

»For me tablao means a game, a jam session, it is to have the freedom to be able to play what you feel like in the moment and to be able to share with colleagues. Definetely, is a game, I would summarize it in that. A game that is also a training that keeps you always in shape, intuition develops and is even a way to find yourself because you are trying new things or you are putting yourself to the test with what dancer or singer. As everyone sings and dances in their own way and they are all very personal, you put yourself to the test to follow them and understand them at the last moment. In short, is a game. It’s a Play Station, I do not know how to explain it ».

 

Triana Maciel

She started her studies in Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico), at Las Cabales school. At age 16 she won the first prize in the choreography contest of the Iberian Contemporary Festival and began her career in Spain in some of the most prestigious tablaos in Madrid, such as Casa Patas, Las Carboneras and Corral de la Morería, in Barcelona tablaos as Los Tarantos and Casa Camarón and in Granada in La Casa de la Memoria, El Rincón de los Olvidados and Jardines de Zoraya.

Winner of the prize of the tablao contest of Villa Rosa and the second prize of Las Carboneras.

She is part of the billboard of the Tío Luis de la Juliana Festival together with great artists such as Trini de la Isla and Gabriel de la Tomasa. She participates in different projects of great artists such as “Antojo” by Antonio Canales and Mónica Fernández; Flamenco Festival Panama, with Farruquito, and elaborates her own projects as “Huellas Flamencas” with the Las Cabales dance school in Mexico, collaborating with great artists such as Jesús Carmona, Nino de los Reyes or Lucía Campillo. In the last year she has been part of the flamenco group of bailaor Pedro Córdoba at the prestigious Garlochi tablao in Tokyo (Japan).