11th Annual Flamenco Festival at GALA with artists from Spain and the United States
Washington, D.C. [CapitalWirePR] October 12, 2015 – GALA’s continues its ¡Viva los 40! anniversary season with its eleventh international Fuego Flamenco Festival that brings leading flamenco artists from Spain and the United States to Washington audiences. Praised for the presentation of stellar artists in an intimate tablao setting, the festival will run from November 6 through November 15 at the GALA Theatre, 3333 14th Street, NW, one block from the Columbia Heights metro station on the Green/Yellow lines. Discounted parking is available behind the theater at the Giant Food garage.
Fuego Flamenco XI, with Honorary Producers Lynne and Joseph Horning, is an exploration of traditional flamenco and its breadth and diversity through contemporary expressions. This year’s program includes Flamenco Men 2, a fiery display of the masculine elegance and muscular dynamics of flamenco featuring Edwin Aparicio of the Flamenco Aparicio Dance Company and special guest artists from Spain, and the Washington premiere of Flamenco Frecuencies choreographed and performed by the incomparable Karen Lugo with Ricardo Moro of the Fundación Conservatorio Flamenco Casa Patas of Madrid. Ms. Lugo was presented to sold-out houses in the 2012 Fuego Flamenco Festival.
The festival program will also include Flamenco en Familia, free interactive demonstrations of various aspects of flamenco for children and families, led by members of the Spanish Dance Society in two sessions on November 14 from 11 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 3 pm; and Student Matinees for the Flamenco Aparicio Dance Company. The student matinees will be on November 5 and November 6 at 10:30 am. For more information about the student matinees, call 202-234-7174.
Press Night and Artist Reception for Flamenco Aparicio Dance Company is Friday, November 6. Press Night and Artist Reception for Karen Lugo and Company is Friday, November 13.
The festival is made possible with generous support from Lynne and Joseph Horning, the Horning Family Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C., SPAIN arts & culture, and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
FLAMENCO APARICIO DANCE COMPANY
Fuego Flamenco XI opens with Flamenco Men 2, choreographed and directed by Edwin Aparicio, curator of the festival since its inception and founder of the Flamenco Aparicio Dance Company. Mr. Aparicio continues his exploration of male dancing styles, from the untamed and raw to a more refined and elegant, and from the macho to the more androgynous. “From my flamenco teachers, I learned what is stereotypically masculine and feminine, but I also learned to combine the various elements to enrich the movement and to make it more expressive,” explains Aparicio.
Flamenco Men 2 features dancers Aparicio and renowned bailaores Domingo Ortega and Ivan Vargas from Spain. Other artists appearing are dancers Norberto Chamizo from Granada, Spain and Carlos Menchaca from San Antonio, Texas; singers Curro Cueto from Spain and Hector Marquez from El Salvador; and guitarist Ricardo Marlow and percussionist Behzad Habibzai from Washington, D.C. Each artist brings his unique talent to the richness of what it means to be a man in flamenco. Performances are on Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November7 at 8 pm and Sunday, November 8 at 2 pm.
Edwin Aparicio is one of the most sought-after flamenco performers, instructors and choreographers in the United States and Latin America. Described by critics as “the most amazing dancer seen in years,” having “hellfire footwork” and choreographies with “beautiful, evocative imagery”, he trained with world renowned flamenco artists Tomás of Madrid and “La Tati”.
Mr. Aparicio also performed with The Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center in El Gato Montés (1997) and in Don Giovanni (2003) under the direction of Plácido Domingo, and in Carmen (2015); and performed with the Washington Ballet in Hemmingway’s The Sun Also Rises (2013). He has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States with ensembles such as the José Greco Spanish Dance Company; and shared the stage with such internationally celebrated artists as Elena Andújar, Carmela Greco, Pastora Galván, La Tati, Ana Martínez, and José Luis Rodríguez.
Mr. Aparicio is the artistic director and choreographer of 11 acclaimed productions, including Íntimo with Carmela Greco, which was presented in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Portland, OR; Entresueño, which marked his New York City debut as a company director; and Flamenco Flamenco, which was also presented at the Instituto Cervantes in Chicago. He is a co-founder and a featured performer of GALA’s annual Fuego Flamenco Festival, and is on the faculty of the Washington School of Ballet. Mr. Aparicio was named one of “25 Dancers to Watch” by Dance Magazine in 2009, and received a 2012 Protagonista Award from GALA for his artistic achievements and contributions to the Latino community.
Domingo Ortega (Featured Guest Dancer) is from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, where he began his professional career. He has performed with the companies of Carmen Cortés, Manuel Soler, and Cristina Hoyos, among others. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Albarizuela Ballet and the companies of Antonio Vargas, El Güto, and Luis Dávila. Mr. Ortega also has toured with his own company throughout Spain and to Italy, Japan, Venezuela, Israel, Senegal, Brazil, and the United States. He has appeared in several flamenco festivals and in many tablaos in Madrid, including Café de Chinitas, Zambra, Casa Patas, and El Cordobés. Among his honors are the Copa Teatro Pavón for young performers, and the Best Flamenco Dancer Prize at the national competition of Ubrique in 1989 and Cadiz in 1990.
Iván Vargas (Featured Guest Dancer) was born in Sacromonte, Spain and is a member of the prominent family of flamenco artists, Los Mayas. He made his debut at the age of eight at the prestigious tablao Zambra in Madrid. Since then he has performed in many other tablaos, including Casa Patas, Corral de la Pacheca, and Café de Chinitas. Mr. Vargas also appeared in the flamenco productions La Pasión, Contrastes, Cautivo, El nacimineto, El flamenco de un marginado, Coral del carbón, and Muerte en Granada. He appears in the video Furia Maya and the documentary Siete sentimientos flamencos. Mr. Vargas was featured in Fuego Flamenco X.
Norberto Chamizo (Dancer) has performed as a soloist with the Compañía Flamenca Tomás de Madrid, with which he toured extensively throughout Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and the Baltic States. He also performed in Greece, Italy, Egypt, and Portugal as a soloist with Compañía de Madrid. In 2002, Mr. Chamizo formed his own company debuting with Jaleo, his first work as a director and choreographer. Mr. Chamizo also has performed at the legendary tablaos Casa Patas with Carmela Greco and Café de Chinitas with Pepa Carrasco. He has appeared with Flamenco Aparicio Dance Company in several Fuego Flamenco festivals. Mr.Chamizo comes from a family originally from Granada (Spain).
KAREN LUGO AND COMPANY
Fuego Flamenco XI continues on November 12 at 8 pm with the Washington, DC premiere of Flamenco Frecuencies,presented in collaboration with Madrid’s Fundación Conservatorio Flamenco Casa Patas. This inventive work, choreographed by Karen Lugo and performed byMs. Lugo and Ricardo Moro, examines the movement and sounds that expand and transform our interpretation and understanding of flamenco. The show also features singers Alicia Carrasco and El Trini; guitarist José Manuel León; and Miguel Hiroshi on percussion. Performances continue on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14 at 8 pm, and Sunday, November 15 at 2 pm.
Karen Lugo (Choreographer, Dancer) was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she studied Spanish dance and classical ballet at the age of four, and later flamenco dance. She moved to Madrid at 17 and studied at the Amor de Dios Studios with some of the world’s most renowned flamenco artists. In Madrid, she performed with numerous companies in the corps de ballet and as a soloist; was featured at some of the most distinguished tablaos; and performed in the Sangre Nueva Jóvenes Flamencos Festival at the Teatro Español. She was awarded First Prize in Flamenco at the Festival Internacional de Almería; First Prize in Choreography at the Festival of Contemporary Flamenco in Finland; and Third Prize in Choreography at the XVII Certamen de Danza Española y Flamenco in Madrid. Ms. Lugo also has performed in Italy, China, Romania, Japan, India, Russia, Portugal, Greece, Qatar, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, and the United States. She appeared in Carlos Saura’s film Flamenco, Flamenco, created Made in Mexico with Israel Varela, and is part of Mujerclorika with Alicia Carrasco and José Manuel León.
Ricardo Moro (Dancer) began studying dance at the age of four with Curra Jiménez, who was a dance partner of the renowned Antonio Gades. Later he studied at the Amor de Dios School of Dance and Flamenco Arts in Madrid with José Maya, Cristóbal Reyes, Carmen la Talegona, El Güito and Manolete, among others. He has performed as a soloist with the companies of Belén López and Carlos Chamorro, and La Truco Company, Flamenco Ballet of Madrid, and Flamingos Enroute Company from Switzerland. Mr. Moro appeared in Sentencia at the prestigious Festival de Jerez; with the Ballet am Rheim at the Dusseldorf Opera Theatre in Germany; and in Noches de Ramadán 2014 that Fundación Casa Patas toured to various
cities in Algeria. He also has performed in various tablaos in Madrid, including Casa Patas, Corral de la Moreria, Corral de la Pacheca, Las Carboneras and Café de Chinitas. Mr. Moro received an outstanding choreographer award at the 2010 International Dance and Performing Arts Competition of Alcobendas for Catarsis.
José Manuel León (Guitar) is a musician and composer who began studying guitar at the age of 13 with his father, Salvador Andrades in his native Algeciras, Spain. He has performed with noted flamenco artists such as Gerardo Núñez, Carmen Linares, Rafael Estévez, Nani Paños, Joaquín Grilo, and La Moneta, among others, and has appeared in various festivals in Spain and Brazil and in the Carlos Saura film “Iberia”. Among his CDs are “Sirimusa” with Pablo Martín Caminero and “Mujer Klórica” with Alicia Carrasco, Carmen Linares, Tommy, Diego Carrasco and jazz musicians such as Jerry Gonzales, Kike Perdomo, Martin Leiton, and Borja Barrueta.
Casas Patas is a world-renowned Madrid tablao, hosting some of the best and most authentic flamenco in Spain. Famous groups and new talent sometimes share the same stage to create memorable productions. The Fundación Conservatorio Flamenco Casa Patas grew out of this club and today sponsors workshops, seminars, and exhibitions promoting the art of flamenco around the world.
FLAMENCO EN FAMILIA
Flamenco en Familia, free family interactive demonstrations in flamenco zapateo, castanets, and fans, takes place on Saturday, November 14. Members of the Spanish Dance Society will lead two sessions: from 11 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 3 pm at GALA Theatre.
Single tickets are $35; Senior Citizen Tickets are $26; and Student Tickets are $20. A Discount Festival Ticket is $60, which includes one ticket for a performance of each of the presentations.
FOR TICKETS CALL (202) 234-7174 or visit www.galatheatre.org