Cristina Aguilera

She was born in Granada in 1992. She began to study flamenco with the teacher Mariquilla, with whom she also performed daily at her flamenco show at Jardines Neptuno. She then began her most extensive training in the world of dance with Maite Galán, obtaining the title of the association of APDE teachers of Spanish dance and flamenco in 2007. She completed her apprenticeship with teachers such as Adrián Sánchez and Óscar Quero, with whom she also works in his company. She finished her Spanish dance and flamenco career at the Carmen Amaya Conservatory in Madrid in 2010. In 2014 she presented her first project entitled “Encrucijada” within the Es.Flamenco cycle, organized by the Diputación of Granada, and she won the first prize of the Competition of Young Flamencos of the IAJ. In 2015 she participates in the Festival of Jerez. In 2016 she participated in the Seville Biennial and obtained the first prize of the V Villa-Rosa Competition in Madrid. In 2017 she participates in Flamenco Viene del Sur with the show “Granada” together with Alba Heredia and presents her solo “Corazón abierto” at Los Veranos del Corral. In addition, she often dances in tablaos of the category of Corral de la Morería, Tablao Villa-Rosa and Las Carboneras in Madrid; Los Gallos and El Arenal of Sevilla and El Cordobés of Barcelona.

 

Daniel Navarro

Daniel Navarro (Córdoba, 1980)

He is a flamenco dancer and choreographer with a degree in Spanish Dance from the Professional Conservatory of Córdoba and with 6 years of classical ballet. Before starting his solo career, he is the first dancer in several dance companies, such as Javier Latorre, Antonio Canales, Cristina Hoyos, Aida Gómez, Los Ulen, Javier Barón, Ballet de Murcia and the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía. Then he collaborates with guitarist Vicente Amigo, pianist Chano Domínguez and cantaor El Pele, among others.

Awarded the first Mario Maya prize in the national flamenco art contest of Córdoba in 2001 and winner of the first prize El Desplante in the International Festival de Cante de las Minas, in La Union (Murcia), in 2005.

Among his most successful collaborations, stand out those of the show “Ambivalencia” by Javier Latorre in 2000; “Rinconete y Cortadillo” in 2002 and the show “En el nombre de la rosa”, where he choreographed his own piece.

He  also starred in the production of the dancer and choreographer Antonio Canales as “Torero” in 2004, “Ojos verdes” in 2003 and, from 2003 to 2005, “La casa de Bernarda

Alba”.

In 2007 he began his collaboration with the guitarist Vicente Amigo, which continues until 2015 performing in the shows “Poeta”, “Un momento en el sonido”, “Paseo de Gracia” and “Tierra”.

His artistic relationship with Chano Domínguez begins in 2007 when the pianist requires him for the Vienna Jazz Festival 2007, where he shares the stage with artists such as Pat Metheny, Concha Buika, Chucho Valdés and many more.

He also develops an individual career performing in European, American and Asian festivals and theaters. He is invited to the Liguita Festival in Liechtenstein in 1999 along with artists such as David Russell, Costas Cotsiolis, Jorge Luis Zamora, among others. Closing the Festival del Circulo Machado in Luxembourg with the shows “3 bailaores” in 2001, “Rinconete y Cortadillo” in 2003 and with his own production “Un ramito de suspiros” in 2009.

A long tour in Japan in 2004 opens the doors of the Asian audience that conquers with the show “Selectos bailaores”.

He acts as first dancer with the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía, directed by Cristina Hoyos, toured Cuba in 2007 and is enrolled, along with Cristina Hoyos, in the honor book of the Gran Teatro García Lorca in Havana and receives special mention in the Awards Gran Teatro de La Habana, presided by the Cuban dancer Alicia Alonso.

In 2009 he formed his company, directed and choreographed the show “Cálida hondura”. With original music by Juan Requena, it premieres at the White Night of Flamenco in Córdoba, at the Theater Festival in Palma del Río, and at the La Latina theater in Madrid as part of the “Veranos de la Villa” program. With the collaboration of Javier Latorre and Vicente Amigo.

In 2011 he premiered at the Adriatic Mediterranean Festival of the city of Ancona (Italy) the show “Piano and duende” with choreography and idea of ​​Navarro and music by Chano Dominguez and Juan Requena.

Between 2014 and 2015 he toured different international festivals with his shows “Ramito de suspiros”, “Piano and duende” and “Asómate”, as the Montreal Flamenco Festival, and in the Asian programming of the Gorky Theater of Saint Petersburg and other Russian cities.

“Las Carboneras is a magical place”

 

«I am a bailaor who comes from the classical training, I studied at the Conservatory of Córdoba and I graduated in the medium degree of Spanish dance. At the same time I did six classical courses with Araleo Moyano. Then Javier Latorre opened his studio next to my grandmother’s house and he was the one who gave me the option to start my career with good steps in classical training. I am not self-taught in any aspect, I come from working hours.

»As for my career, I was fortunate to participate in several important shows by Javier Latorre such as “Rinconete y ‘Cortadillo” or “En el nombre de la rosa”or with Antonio Canales in “Torero”. They were very important moments in my career that marked me a lot and I learned a lot, not only from the dance but from everything that surrounds the scene and so on. I would highlight Javier Latorre or Antonio Canales as maestros with whom I trained. And on a musical level, once I started a solo career, there are three people that marked me a lot. Obviously, Vicente Amigo, with whom I spent eight years touring the world and making me enjoy the most wonderful music I’ve ever heard. Another person is Chano Domínguez, who opened the field of jazz and made me see that music is very rich and that fusion, working with other music, would enrich me very much. And so it was because he put me with artists like Wynton Marsalis, Paquito D’Rivera, Piraña… I do not know, he put me with very good artists in theaters and important festivals and with whom I keep working and going on tour in the United States. And the third person, more on foot, is Juan Requena, guitarist from Málaga who was the one who made me take care of the music and who gave me a vision of the dance that I loved. And I think that from there I put all the knowledge and all the experiences I had in one way. Juan Requena is a person who has also marked my career very much.

»I would like to add that there is a fourth person, Pedro Córdoba, whom I also had as a reference from a young age and at the foot of the field, someone who made me see the dance in a different way. So I would like his name to also appear as a fourth important person in my career.

»What does it mean for me to dance in a tablao? Well for me it was the first test of fire. To leave a conservatory and face a tablao, to the absolute truth, to the bull, was an almost definitive challenge. Or I was fine and I thought I could and had possibilities or directly I would not have followed the path. But I was very lucky, I was in Los Gallos, in Seville, a place where they made me learn at lightning speed with great artists on the side. And nowadays it has become a necessity because we all have our agendas, exits and commitments and those performances are gratifying in serious places, but then in the day to day there is a need to be able to unburden you, at least in my case, all the sensations both good and bad and put into practice something that you can then take to a theater if you have seen that it has worked before in a tablao. And the truth is that the tablao, which is to gather a group of people, that each one comes with its history and in that moment be able to, with the soul, create a climate and make enjoy people that has paid a ticket. And to people that, like us, that we are going to enjoy, but we do not always go on stage with the one hundred percent willingness to believe that everything will turn out well and many times it goes to two hundred percent. And, if I have to highlight something, Las Carboneras is a magical place where that happens often and that’s why I like to be there with you from time to time».

Ana Polanco

Ana María Polanco, born in Cádiz on July 26, 1989, is a flamenco singer. Her beginnings in the world of flamenco can be seen from her preparation at the academy through the dance with the Cádiz-born bailaora Pilar Ogalla, who discovers that Ana is a cantaora and encourages a performance at the end of the year at the young age of 10 years.

Later, a process of artistic development began as a member of the Cádiz company Carmen Guerrero representing Spain and her native city, Cádiz, performing in various folklore festivals in France, Italy, Syria and Portugal.

She won the Cante Libre Prize in the Tientos de Cádiz competition and was born with the cantaor Nano de Jerez an artistic commitment as a cantaora that she still maintains today.

In her short career she has traveled to various American and Mexican cities with different organizations such as Casa Flamenca, which is based in Albuquerque (New Mexico) and Casa Patas (Madrid).

In 2015 she made her own show as a soloist in the theater play “Tributo a Mariana“, which premiered at the Teatro Moderno in Chiclana, including the Festival La Isla Flamenca in San Fernando (Cádiz), Festival En Off de la Guarida del Ángel (Jerez) and at the La Central Lechera theater (Cádiz).

In 2017 she immersed herself in her first album called “Rincón de la alegría“, which comes to light at the end of August.

At the moment she is giving her best in her representations by different tablaos of Madrid, Las Carboneras included, and Barcelona and in the promotion of the “Rincón de la alegría”.

Paco Villalta

Paco Villalta (1974)

 

He finished his classical dance studies at the Institut del Teatre of Barcelona. After that, he put himself under the command of Catherine Allard in the ITDansa company for two years to complete his academic training studying and performing pieces by choreographers such as Ohad Naharin or Nacho Duato.

After three full seasons with the company Metros of Ramón Oller, he works for five years in the show “A New Day” by Franco Dragone with Céline Dion.

Collaborations as a dancer, choreographer or teacher for shows and events of several companies (Cirque du Solei, Montreal Opera, Steal Focus, Dragone Productions, etc).

Guest dancer in the show “Rosa, metal, ceniza” of the company Olga Pericet.

Professor of contemporary dance in the professional conservatories of Andalusia.

As a photographer he has specialized in live shows: Franco Dragone, Olga Pericet, Cirque du Soleil, Víctor Ullate, Hombres G or Belén Maya.

Promotion of artists: Marco Flores, Jesús Fernández, Miguel Ortega.

Events: Ron Barceló, Desalia, Superbrands, Hendrick’s.

He has worked as a freelance photojournalist for more than four years and has done photographic safaris in China, Thailand, Peru, USA, India, Morocco and Canada, among others.

Co-creator with Olga Pericet of the Movimiento e Imagen research workshop.

In 2018 he exhibits in Las Carboneras his photographs dedicated to flamenco art.

Pino Losada

Diego Antonio Fernández Montoya, known as Pino Losada, is a leading flamenco guitarist from the famous family of artists from Madrid “Los Losada”.

He began his studies at 6 years of age with his father, Diego Losada. At 14 he began working in the most prestigious tablaos of Madrid and at 15 was part of the show by Antonio Canales “Raíces”. From that moment he started working with renowned dancers such as Juan de Juan, Rafael Amargo and Joaquín Cortés, among others. With the latter he worked on his show world renowned “Soul”.

Takes part of flamenco musical “Las mil y una noches”, formed by his family.

Is part of the recording of “La misa flamenca” where were involved  great artists of the stature of Potito, Guadiana, Duquende and “El Cigala” .

He has shared the stage with renowned dancers such as José Maya, Jesús Carmona, José Maldonado, Manuel Liñán, Alfonso Losa, “El Barullo”, Paloma Fantova, Belén López, David Paniagua, Issac y Nino de los Reyes, El Farru , Claudia Cruz, Gema Moneo, “El Torombo” y Farruquito, among others.

He often collaborates playing guitar in tablao from Madrid Las Carboneras.

Juañares

Born in Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz) in 1967,  Juañares is trained in singing in his family, which has given great artists of the likes of Terremoto, Los Sordera, Los Carrasco and Los Monje, and then he has perfected with the best artists of Jerez and Madrid. He culminates his training in some of the best Spanish tablaos such as Zambra, Café de Chinitas, Casa Patas, Corral de la Morería, El Cordobés, among many others. From there he makes the leap to the great flamenco companies and to cante recitals.

He collaborates with the company of Joaquín Cortés in shows such as “Zibayi”, “Pasión gitana 1 y 2”, “Live”, “Mi soledad” and “Soul” (as cantaor and composer); Company of Antonio Canales in shows like “A ti, Carmen”, “Casa de Bernarda Alba”, “Torero”, “La Cenicienta” (as cantaor and composer); Company of Sara Baras in shows such as “Sensaciones”, “Juana la Loca”, “Tríptico” (as cantaor and composer); Company of Antonio Gades in shows such as “Bodas de sangre”, “Suite flamenca”, “Carmen”, “Fuenteovejuna”, “Fuego”.

In addition, he shares the stage in a multitude of shows and festivals with artists of the caliber of Manuela Carrasco, El Güito, Manolete, Juana Maya, Javier Barón, Joaquin Grilo, Domingo Ortega, Farruquito, Belén Maya, Cristóbal Reyes, Rafael Amargo, María Juncal, etc.

Performing flamenco recitals as a soloist he has sung in flamenco peñas such as Los Cernícalos, together with Terremoto, Sordera or Tío José de Paula; La Platería (Granada); in cultural centers of Salamanca, Ávila or Madrid. He is a regular cantaor of Tablao Las Carboneras (Madrid).

In the discographic aspect, he publishes his first album in 2003, entitled “Juañares”; he performs collaborations in Ketama albums, Niña Pastori, Navajita Plateá, Diego El Cigala, Chanson Flamenca, Tomate, Juan Habichuela, among others.

As a composer he gives his songs to artists such as Los Chichos, Ketama, Remedios Amaya, Navajita Plateá, Vicente Soto, Enrique El Extremeño, Celia Flores, Chonchi Heredia, among others.

First prize for bulerías of Jerez awarded by the prestigious Peña de Tío José de Paula.

 

«Every artist has to pass through the tablao, Camarón has passed and the biggest ones too»

 

«I’m from Jerez, I’ve been in Madrid for 31 years, I came here as a kid. I started playing the guitar. My training as a little kid was thanks to my family, who are Fernando Terremoto, Vicente Soto, Manuel Sordera, José Soto, José Mercé, that’s what I’ve swallowed. As a singer I have always liked Manuel Torre, Caracol, as well as the great artists of my family. When I started as a guitarist, I came to accompany El Grilo, my dad told me that in order to play the guitar well I had to study a lot and that I better would become cantaor, that as a guitarist I was not going to get there. I was very lazy and I preferred to find out what cantes and those things are. And, of course, I listened to him and started singing and there I had my first training. But my genes come from the Sordera, the Soto, Fernando Terremoto, that’s where everything I learned comes from.

»When I arrived in Madrid, I was with El Güito or Cristóbal Reyes. I went to Zambra, the tablao where I met Joaquín Cortés and I went on tour with him, and also with Antonio Canales or Manuela Carrasco, who is my cousin. I spent many years with Canales and Joaquín, with whom I was working with Jennifer López in New York. The last thing I have done is with the company of Antonio Gades, which helped me a lot to know what the staging is, the lights, know how to place myself under the zenith, those things. With Gades I exploited my facet as an actor, knowing how to develop on a stage, know how to act, which is something that I have much in mind since then. I have learned from the greatest, you could say. I met Carlos Saura also, who is a film director, and I have learned a lot from that.

»Among the first tablaos I was in, one of the most important for me was Las Carboneras, and there I learned a lot. Every artist has to pass through the tablao, Camarón and the bigger ones have passed. The tablao, which is where I am now, is one of the things that most satisfy me, because it is something that is for you, inside, that you stay with that, and it is one of the things that are filling me

more at this time of my life.

»For me tablao is the essence, everyone has to go through a tablao to know what it is. For me, it is where you enjoy the most, where you become the most, where you can best resolve, singing to the dancers. It is sung without rehearsing, everything comes out of inspiration, instinct and in a natural way. Now, it’s what I like the most, where I’m learning the most. Everyone has to go through there, in a tablao.»

Claudia Cruz

Claudia Cruz

(Cádiz, 1986). At 5 years of age she starts dancing receiving flamenco classes. Later, at age 10 she began her ballet and Spanish classical dance lessons in the academy Cibayi directed by Charo Cruz. She has taken classes of flamenco with artists like Juana Amaya, Javier Latorre, Israel Galván, Rafaela Carrasco, Belén Maya, Alejandro Granados, Carmelilla Montoya and “La Chana”; contemporary dance with Mijita Dakota; ballet with Pacy Sánchez and Teresa Caudón; and classical Spanish with Fernando Galán and Silvia Oen.

Claudia has also studied theater with Caco Castelo, Eduardo Bernal, and Manuel Morón.

In 2001 she starred in the show of the Proclamation of Cádiz Carnival starring Sara Baras. In 2003 she worked with the theater company “Los Ulen”, together with Monaco ballet performing the work “Carmen” by Bizet.

In 2005 she traveled to Japan with the show “Pasión Flamenca” sharing the stage with Enrique “El Extremeño”, “El Tobala” Pedro Sierra and “La Moneta”. That same year she went on tour with Turismo Andaluz flamenco of Andalusia touring Europe.

In 2008, she was part of Cádiz company, led by the Andalusian Agency for the development of flamenco, sharing the stage with artists such as “El Junco”, David Palomar, Rosario Toledo and Ana Salazar.

Her first show, “Con Alma”, was presented in Cadiz in 2009, leading guest artist Enrique “El Extremeño”.

The 2010-11 season she toured as guest artist with the show “Niña Pastori en Navidad”, the first time Niña Pastori included in her show a figure of dancing.

She was part of the company of Antonio “El Pipa” from 2008 to 2012 as first dancer partning him on tours around Europe, America and participating in numerous festivals like the Festival de Jerez, Mont de Marsans or Parc de la Villette.

In February 2012 she repeated as a guest artist in the Proclamation Carnavalesco of Cadiz, “La Pepa 2012”, starring Niña Pastori and in May of that year she was the guest artist of master Rancapino in the show “Ayer y hoy”. A few months later she presented her show “Claudia Cruz” opening billboard programming in the Bicentennial of the Cortes of Cadiz.

The year 2013 was full of great events for her: in February she took part in the Festival de Jerez as a soloist in the show “Vivencias” with Antonio “El Pipa”, Tía Juana del Pipa, Concha Vargas, Carmen Ledesma and in the show “En la raíz del flamenco”premiered at the Theatre Lope de Vega in Seville along with artists like Dorantes, Farruquito, Remedios Amaya, Juan de Juan, Pastora Galván, etc. In March she participated in the Multicultural Festival “El arte une las generaciones” of Wroclaw in Poland and in September she starred as solo dancer in the show “Jeregueño” at the Bienal de Málaga.

In 2014 she participated as guest artist at the First Cycle Tan solo baile Venta de Vargas, with the show “Ni el hambre la vamo a sentí” sponsored by the city of Cadiz in the Municipal Art Center of Flamenco La Merced and the III Flamenco Festival in Japan, with artists such as Mercedes Ruiz, Pastora Galván, “La Moneta” Patricia Guerrero, Jairo Barrul, etc.

She has taught classes as well and she has worked in important flamenco tablaos like Villa Rosa and Tablao Las Carboneras in Madrid and Tablao Flamenco Cordobés in Barcelona.

Ismael de la Rosa

Ismael de la Rosa “El Bola”

He performs singing courses at the Esperanza Fernández Flamenco and Dance Art Center and completes his training at the hands of cante figures such as Curro Fernández.

Flamenco comes to this Sevillian by inheritance. Since boy he got used to the

scenarios of flamenco festivals around the world, accompanying the rest of his family, the Fernández Family, who wasted art from the oldest to the youngest of its members. Who took him by the hand was his uncle Curro Fernández. After the performance of theirs, “El Bola” always had his place at the end of the party.

He began his professional work with only 7 years old and took his first steps in the Biarritz Festival with the Fernández Family. He continues to perform on stage with the Tribute to Bernarda de Utrera at the Teatro Maestranza in Seville with the show “4 generaciones”, accompanied by his great-grandfather Juan José Fernández, his great-uncle Curro Fernández and his father Ismael Fernández.

He continues his journey, accompanied by his father, in Japan (Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo). With 8 years he sang in the Bienal de Sevilla, in the theater of La Maestranza, with the show “Canciones antes de una guerra“, by María Pagés; as well as at the Villamarta Theater in Jerez.

Together with his family, he performs at the Alhambra Theater in Switzerland and at several festivals such as Alcalá de Henares, together with artists such as Capullo de Jerez, José Valencia, Juana Amaya, etc. He also participated with his family in the homage to the Peña Torre Macarena at the Teatro Alameda. He was previously in that theater at the Flamenco Biennial of Sevilla with the bailaora La Niña de los Cupones and the show “30 decibelios”, which was also held in cities such as Cádiz, Madrid and Jerez.

Throughout his intense professional career he has found himself on the road with great artists such as El Güito, Esperanza Fernández, David Dorantes, Miguel

Ángel Cortés, Pastora Galván, Bernardo Parrilla, Paco Iglesias, Paco Fernández, José

Anillo, Juan José Amador Sr., Manuela Ríos, José Galván, Olga Pericet, Marco

Flores, Pedro Córdoba, Jesús Carmona, Sonia Olla, Nino de los Reyes, Ramón Porrina, El Farru, El Carpeta, La Farruca, Alfonso Losa, etc.

In addition to singing for dance he composes his own works, one of them forming part of the new record work of cantaor José Anillo. Other of his compositions has been of interest in the show “Del 2000 y pico”, by bailaor Pedro Córdoba, which premiered at the Compac theater on Gran Vía in Madrid.

Besides acting in theaters, he continues with his training in different tablaos such as Villa Rosa, Las Carboneras, Corral de la Morería and Casa Patas (Madrid); Los Gallos, El Arenal, Flamenco Museum and Peña Torres Macarena (Seville).

In 2013 he participated in the presentation of the last album by the artist Esperanza Fernández at the Fernando Fernán Gomez theater in Madrid and at the Lope de Vega theater in Seville with guest artists such as Pastora Galván and David Dorantes. Accompanied Esperanza Fernández at the National Auditorium with the album “Mi voz en tu palabra” dedicated to José Saramago.

Currently part of shows like “Paso a dos”, by Marco Flores and Olga Pericet; “Roble” and “Acuérdate cuando entonces” by Guadalupe Torres; “Del 2000 y pico”, by Pedro Córdoba; “Entretiempo” and “Instantes”, by Sonia Olla and Ismael Fernández.

Saray García

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 Familia Farruco, 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 Carmen.
– Tablaos in Madrid: Las Carboneras.

We can stand out her solo performances as:
Viernes Flamencos en 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, año 2014.

Lucía de Miguel

Lucía de Miguel

Lucía de Miguel was born in Huelva, she started dancing in Granada and became professional in Madrid. She works in tablaos of the capital (Las Carboneras, Casa Patas, Las Tablas, Villa Rosa …) and Barcelona (Tablao del Carmen, Los Tarantos …).

In 2004 she created Estuaria, a company that she currently manages. With which it has become known in various national and international scenarios.

Her solo career was recognized with the first prize of the First Young Flamenco Contest, organized by the Diputación of Granada.

In company, Estuaria have been semifinalists of the Choreographic Contest of Spanish Dance and Flamenco of the Community of Madrid with the piece “Triangular“, which gives name to its second show.