For his personality, for his contribution to the new language of flamenco dance, for his capacity to integrate schools, for his mastery, and for many more things, Alfonso Losa is recognized throughout the flamenco scene as one of the great talents of the current generation. As a child, he was taught by Rafael de Cordoba and later on studied at the Real Conservatorio de Danza. He was soon recognized for his natural abilities and went on to refine his skills with great masters such as El Guïto, Manolete, La China, Antonio Canales, and Javier Latorre.
By the age of 15, he had already won the most important choreography contest for Danza Española and flamenco at Teatro Albeniz in Madrid. There Losa was publicly recognized for his superior artistry and went on to win this award on many other occasions. Many distinguished flamenco dancers regularly invite Losa to be a guest artist in their companies. These artists include Adrián Galia, Ricardo Franco, Manolete, El Guïto, Manuela Carrasco, Ruben Dantás, Enrique de Melchor, La Susi, Gerardo Nuñez, Niño Josele, Montse Cortés, and Guadiana.
The revered guitarist, Tomatito, regularly invites Losa to perform in his concerts as a guest dancer. Losa also collaborated with the late singer, Enrique Morente, on his albums Omega and Pablo de Málaga.
Losa has become a laureate of Spain's most important flamenco contests, including the Premio Nacional de Cordoba (2007) for Soleá, and the Premio El Desplante at the prestigious Festival Internacional de las Minas (2008).
In 2009 his own concert, "Mirando Atrás," premiered at the festival Gomaespuma Flamenco Pátodos. This festival also billed Tomatito, El Guïto, and Estrella Morente. Shortly afterwards, Losa was invited to present this concert at some of the most important flamenco festivals such as Festival de Jerez, Festival Internacional de las Minas, La Suma Flamenca, and Festival de Milan. In 2010 his show, 'Grito,' in which he collaborated with the phenomenal José Maya, premiered at the festival Toorelodonos. This work was presented at Suma Flamenca 2010 and the Bienal de Sevilla, among other venues. The following year, he combined festivals with his own work (in Russia, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland) and with collaborations as invited artist for Tomatito and choreographer for the super-production, Magnificus, of the presitigious Austrian director André Heller. In addition, he participated in the Flamenco Festival of Tokyo.
Gerardo Núñez, Tomatito, Niño Josele, and Móntse Cortes again invited Losa as a guest artist for their tours, while he participated in several festivals with his shows on tour (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Marseille, Querétaro) and prepared, in addition, his new shows: Camino Flamenco at the Festival de Alburquerque in 2012 and Tendencias Flamenco a Tres at the Suma Flamenca in 2013.
Also outstanding is Losa's collaboration in the show Carmen la Memoria with artists such as Farruquito, Jose Maya, Juan de Juan, Farru, Pastora Galvan, and Remedios Amaya. In 2014, his next production Bailaores premiered in the Festival de Jerez. In this same year, Farruquito invited him as a guest artist in the show Improvisao. In addition, he made several national and international tours (Gira del Norte, Milan, Albuquerque, Sao Paulo etc.) and created and directed together with Maria Juncal, the festival "Veranos Flamencos en Amor de Dios."
The tours continued in 2015 and 2016 (Avignon, Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Argentina, Chile, different U.S. cities, Taipei, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Helsinki, among others), which did not prevent Alfonso Losa from participating in Flamenco Hoy by Carlos Saura, as a guest artist. In 2017 he premiered the show Senti2 with La Lupi in Tokyo. Alfonso Losa premiered con-secuenciA at the Festival de Jerez 2018. This work is another leap in his way of expressing flamenco dance. Supported by the scenic work of the director Florencio Campo, Losa recapitulates what he has learned to embark on a new experience: research in improvisation and in the management of stage energy, in real time. A challenge that very few artists can face.
Born in Madrid, Vanesa Coloma began her studies at 8 years of age at the Conservatory of Madrid, where she specialized in flamenco, working under master artists such as María Magdalena, El Güito, La China, and Ciro, among others.
Among her most notable works, Coloma has appeared as a soloist in Souvenir by Belen Maya, Tauro by Manuel Liñan, Camino Flamenco by Alfonso Losa, 4 Adjetivos and Equilibrio Flamenco by Jesús Carmona, and 5 Mujeres al Borde de una Bata de Cola by Yolanda Heredia. Coloma has performed and taught in various festivals, including the Bienal de Sevilla, Festival de Jerez, Festival de las Minas, Suma Flamenca, Madrid en Danza, Festival Flamenco USA, Festival Internacional de Alburquerque, Festival de Mont de Marsan, and Festival de Nimes.
Without a doubt, Coloma is one of the most important artists of her generation.
In 2008, she was awarded the Premio Nacional de la Perla de Cádiz for her Alegrías. Coloma also worked with Noche Flamenca on their United States and Australian tours, where she shared the stage with artists of the caliber of Alejandro Granados and Isabel Bayón.
Coloma presented her concert, Flamenklorica at the 2015 Certamen de Danza Española y Flamenco in Madrid. Thanks to its great critical acceptance, the show formed part of the 2016 Festival Flamenco de Madrid, the Festival Tío de la Juliana, Corral del Carbón, Otoños Flamencos, and this year, Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque.
In 2017, she was a semifinalist at the Concurso Internacional at the Festival Cante de Las Minas.
Currently, she combines her work as a guest artists in various dance companies with performances at the most prestigious tablaos such as El Carmen, Las Carboneras, Villarosa, and Casa Patas, among others.
Born in Madrid in 1983, Guadalupe Torres definitively adds value to the current flamenco panorama. She is qualified in Spanish dance and Flamenco by the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza in Madrid. Her formation as a dancer is highlighted by important masters of Flamenco who have contributed to her development as an artist.
Her professional career began at the Compañía Andaluza de Danza in Seville, and she later expanded to perform in other such as those of Maria Pages, Manuel Liñan, and Marco Flores in De Flamencas (awarded best show at the Festival de Jerez).
Guadalupe then began to work on solo projects with her own company including the show Acuerdate Cuando Entonces, which was taken to the Biennial of Holland, the Helsinki Festival, and the Festival de Jerez. Her latest work, Roble has been welcomed by the public with great acclaim and has already debuted in Paris, Mexico, the Milano Flamenco Festival, the Moscow Festival, Jornadas Flamencas de Fuenlabrada, various Madrid Theaters, the Festival Flamenco in Madrid, and the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque this coming June.
Guadalupe’s personality inspires flamenco artists of different generations to invite and include her in different collaborations because of her versatility and freshness.
She has been awarded by Choreography Competition of Madrid for the best Choreography award three times as part of a group in A miedos, Colores, with the solo piece De Los Rincones, and in 2017 with the piece La Rosa de Gerineldo.
Guadalupe currently performs in the most important tablaos, such as Las Carboneras, Villa Rosa, Corral de la Moreria, Casa Patas, El Arenal, and El Cordobés .
She combines her professional career with teaching classes and courses in Spain and abroad including Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Italy, and China. Guadalupe is regularly invited as a guest teacher and choreographer for the Higher Conservatory of Dance of Madrid.
Saray de los Reyes
Saray de los Reyes was born in Seville in 1989 into a gypsy flamenco family, and at the age of five, started studying under her father, the dancer Juan de los Reyes. Later she began to take classes with "La Farruca", who invited her to dance in the show "Gitanas" at the age of 16, and went on to participate in festivals of great importance such as the XXV Bienal de Arte Flamenco de Sevilla, the Festival de Flamenco Art of Mont de Marsan, and the the Jerez Festival, among others. In these festivals, she shared the stage with figures such as Angelita Vargas, Carmelilla Montoya, Pilar "La Faraona", Juana la del Revuelo and "Farruca", among others. Saray is a dancer characterized by her rooted, gypsy-styled dance. Saray has worked in numerous theaters and prestigious flamenco tablaos in Spain such as the flamenco tablao De Los Gallos, La Casa de la Memoria de Seville, El Cordobés, Tablao de Carmen in Barcelona, and Casa Patas in Madrid. In 2012 she premiered her own show, La Familia de los Reyes, at the Mont de Marsan Flamenco Art Festival alongside her father, Juan De los Reyes and her sister Lole De los Reyes. Saray has won several awards including the first prize "Carmen Ledesma" in the Peña Torres Macarena Dance Contest, the 2006 First Prize of the Flamenco Dance Contest of the Peñas de Sevilla Federation, and the 2010 "Carmen Amaya" award in the First Carmen Amaya Festival in Barcelona.
Lole de los Reyes
Lole de los Reyes was born in Seville in 1996. The second daughter of master artist Juan de los Reyes, Lole showed promise at a young age. She has trained as a teacher under father and sister, sharing flamenco with them both at home and on stage. Lole has worked at the prestigious tablao "Los Gallos" in Seville, "Casa Patas" in Madrid, Tablao de Carmen in Barcelona, and the Salvador Távora Theater in Seville, among others. She also was part of the well-known television program "Mi Primer Ole" in which teachers like the bailaoras Matilde Coral and Lola Greco and the flamencologist Ricardo Pachón praised her artistry. In 2011 she won the First Prize of the Dance Contest in the Cristina Heeren Flamenco Art Foundation held at the Gran Teatro de Huelva.
Juan de los Reyes
Juan de los Reyes was born in Seville in 1965. He began to experience flamenco as a child, learning his first steps with maestro Pepe Ríos. At age 11, Juan toured Andalucía with Juanito Valderrama's company. He studied and perfected his art with master teacher Antonio Montoya Flores "Farruco", invited him to share the stage in numerous festivals and participate in the movie Bodas de Gloria with the young "Farruquito" among other great artists. He has worked in many tablaos of Seville including "Los Gallos", "La Trocha", "El Palacio Andaluz" as well as in Barcelona at the tablao "El Cordobés", "Tablao de Carmen" and "Los Tarantos". He also danced in Mario Maya's company, participating in shows such as ¡Ay Jondo!, "El Amargo", "El Réquiem," Tres Movimientos ","Flamenco" and " El Amor Brujo".
Juan has traveled around the world to perform and teach and is considered one of the great masters of gypsy flamenco dance and is dedicated to teaching in his academy, Estudio Flamenco de los Reyes.
Sara Calero was born in Madrid in 1983.
She graduated with honors from the Conservatorio de Madrid in 2002.At the age of 17, she made her solo debut with maestro José Granero at the Festival de Jerez with the piece La Noche from the show A Mi Manera, together with artists such as Lola Greco, Maribel Gallardo, María Pagés and Beatriz Martín. That same year she was choreographer of the Zarzuelas production in Black and White for the Romea Theater of Murcia and a year later she joined the Taller de la Compañía Andaluza de Danza.
Since then, her work as a soloist and principal dancer has developed in companies such as the company of Antonio Márquez, where she played the role of La Molinera, among other roles, in El Sombrero de Tres Picos, touring important theaters around the world. In 2005, she performed with Carmen Linares at the Lucerna Festival in the show El Círculo Mágico with the musicians of Eos Guitar Quartet. In 2006, she danced with the Ibérica de Danza company, premiering the production of Iberia Mágica at the Albéniz Theater, along with Eliseo Parra, Javier Paxariño and the musicians of La Musgaña, with choreographies by Manuel Segovia and Antonio Najarro. That same year she joined the National Ballet of Spain under the direction of José Antonio and performed roles of principal dancer in choreographies such as Seis Sonatas para la Reina de España by Ángel Pericet, Eritaña and Bolero de Puerta de Tierra by Antonio El Bailarín and Danza y Tronío de Mariemma. There she worked with choreographers Fernando Romero, Antonio Canales, El Nuevo Ballet Español, and José Antonio himself.
A year later she participated in the XVII Choreographic Competition of Madrid, winning the Bailarina Sobresaliente awards, Best Musical Composition and Fotoescena Award for Best Image for her creation, Camino a Mí.In 2010, she left the Ballet Nacional de España to embark on a personal project called Zona Zero, which premiered with great critical and audience success at the Teatro Pradillo in Madrid, within the framework of the Veranos de la Villa 2011 cycle. Zona Zero also appeared at the Festival Madrid en Danza 2011, at La Ventana de la Danza Madrileña 2012, and at the Bienal de Sevilla 2012.
In 2012 she played the role of Candelas with the singer Esperanza Fernández, within the work Amor Brujo, Gitanerías (1915) by Manuel de Falla, at the Palau de Les Arts in Valencia. She danced under the direction of the choreographer Goyo Montero and recited the original text written by G. Martínez Sierra for Pastora Imperio.
In March 2013 she premiered her second show, El Mirar de la Maja, at the Teatro Real Coliseo Carlos III in San Lorenzo de El Escorial. The show was performed in many places, among them the stages of Festival Internacional Madrid en Danza , Festival Flamenco de Toulouse 2014, Festival de Saint Petersburg, and Festival de Jerez 2014, obtaining the Premio Artista Revelación at the Festival de Jerez.At the same time, she participated in the production of Shoji Kojima entitled FATUM!. This work premiered at the Gran Teatro de Córdoba within the framework of the city's Concurso Nacional. The work also was performed at the Festival de Flamenco de Jerez 2014. Calero played the main female role of Leonor, with choreography by Javier Latorre and stage direction by Francisco López.On October 4, 2014, in the Ciclo Flamenco in Espacios Singulares of the XVIII Bienal de Sevilla, she presented her first street show, La Gota.
In 2015, Calero premiered her largest-scale show at the Festival del 2 de Mayo de la Comunidad de Madrid, Cosmogonía, co-produced by Sara Calero and cantaora Gema Caballero. On this occasion, Sara was accompanied on stage by two guest artists of the highest level, the dancer and choreographer Carlos Chamorro, and principal dancer of the Compañía Nacional de Danza de Madrid, Moisés Martín.On May 29, she was invited to Les Nuits Flamencas de Avignon with the show Del Fandango at the theater CHÊNE NOIR.
She began 2017 with the premiere of the show Petisa Loca, in the Corral de Comedias de Alcalá de Henares. During that time, she also presented Basso Continuo, a group work commissioned by the María de Ávila Superior Conservatory for the celebration of International Dance Day.
Pedro Córdoba, born in 1978, in Sabadell (Barcelona), begins dancing at an early age. His initial training consists of intensive study in the forms of Classical Ballet, Bolera, Clásico Español, Spanish Regional, and Contemporary Dance in the school of Pastora Martos. Later, Córdoba pursues and receives a degree and professional license from the Instituto de Teatro, which certifies him as a professional Spanish Dancer. At the same time, Córdoba studies Flamenco under artists such as La Tani, Manuel Nuñez, Antonio Canales, and Javier Latorre etc.
Córdoba begins to work professionally with artists such as the esteemed flamenco singer, Enrique Morente. With Morente, Córdoba appears in the recording and performances of "Omega," interpreting the choreography of Javier Latorre. Later, Córdoba relocates to Sevilla, Spain, where he joins the Compañía Andaluza de Danza, directed by José Antonio. With the Compañía Andaluza de Danza, Córdoba performs as a soloist in all of their major works. During this same period, Córdoba was a member of the Eva la Yerbabuena Company for four years, during which time he is featured in the works Eva and 5 Mujeres 5. Córdoba simultaneously worked in the companies of other celebrated flamenco artists such as, Javier Barón, performing in Hombre de Hierro, Hombre de Bronce, and Pájaro Negro, Joaquín Grilo, performing in Jácara and De Noche… , and Javier Latorre, performing in Cosas de Payos, Ambivalencia, and Triana.
Next, Córdoba moved to Barcelona to join the Somorrostro Flamenco Company as Primer Bailarín. With Somorrostro, Córdoba performed roles that would be particularly meaningful to him in the works titled, Somorrostro and Inconexus XXI. At this same time in his career, Córdoba performed regularly in the concerts of top flamenco recording artists such as guitarist, "Chicuelo," singer, Miguel Poveda, and singer, Duquende.
Córdoba has performed on two occasions in the illustrious flamenco festival of Sevilla, Spain, La Bienal de Sevilla, where he was featured in the Ciclo de Jóvenes. Córdoba was also invited to present and evening of his work at the festival in Granada, Spain, El Corral del Carbón.
Córdoba has worked in the most important Tablaos in Spain, such as Los Gallos in Sevilla, El Cordobés and Los Tarantos in Barcelona, and El Carmen, Las Carboneras, Casa Patas, Corral de la Morería in Madrid.
Recently, Córdoba choreographed and performed in the work, Contraste. Contraste is a collaboration that he created with Juan Ogalla and Daniel Navarro. Córdoba has worked extensively with dancer Rafaela Carrasco for over three years. During this time he has appeared in the creations of Vamos al Tiroteo and Con la Música a Otra Parte. Notably, Córdoba was recently commissioned to choreograph works for dancers, Ana Morales, presented in her show, Reciclarte, and Guadalupe Torres, presented in the spectacle, Acuérdate Cuando Entonces. Córdoba also toured recently with renowned flamenco guitarist Vicente Amigo in the concerts of his latest recordings, Un Momento en el Sonido and Paseo de Gracia.
In 2012, Córdoba presented his original work, Del 2mil y Pico, in Original Flamenco Festival of Madrid.
Pedro Córdoba currently lives in Madrid where he directs and performs with his company, performs in the tablaos of the city, and teaches both nationally and internationally.
Javier Latorre took his first steps into the world of dance at the early age of four. Latorre, originally from Valencia but who calls Córdoba home, made his debut at the age of sixteen with the Compañía Lírica Nacional. From there, he catapulted into the Ballet Nacional de España in 1979 as a soloist, working with principal ballet dancer Maria Avila under the watchful eye of director Antonio Gades.
After winning an award at the Avignon festival in France, he collaborated with various colleagues in 1988 to found Ziryab Danza, a troupe for which he was choreographer and principal dancer, and with which he achieved a notable degree of success with their production Hijas del Alba. A year later he took the Concurso de Cordoba by storm, winning three of the coveted national prizes.
In 1990 he launched a new production La Fuerza del Destino, with which he toured all of Europe. He also featured as a guest performer in Mario Maya’s Dialogos del Amargo. Latorre participated in Vicente Amigo’s Concierto Flamenco para un Marinero en Tierra just prior to obtaining first prize in the dance category at the Festival de La Union in 1994.
From 1996 onwards, and without dropping his commitment to teaching, he has worked as a choreographer for the following: Lances del Arenal; the closing ceremony of the UNESCO World Dance Congress in Seville; fragments of Antonio Canales’s productions Gitano and Guernika (named after the Basque town annihilated by the German air force during the Spanish Civil War, immortalized in Picasso’s painting of the same name); Adios Nonaino with Barcelona’s Mercat de les Flors Choreography Workshop; Antonio Marquez’s Suite Flamenca; Omega by Enrique Morente and Lagartija Nick; Luz del Sol: Poeta for the Ballet Nacional de España; Cosas de Payos by the Compañía Andaluza de Danza; Ombra by La Fura dels Baus; and 5 Mujeres 5 by Eva la Yerbabuena.
In 2000 Javier Latorre staged his own production, Ambi-valencia, premiered as part of the Flamenco Viene del Sur season at the Teatro Central in Sevilla. He also directed and choreographed Pura Intención together with Fernando Romero, the Gran Teatro de Cordoba’s choice with which to inaugurate their contest, the 2001 Concurso Nacional de Flamenco. With the aim of creating a dance and choreography institution in preparation for his retirement from the stage, Latorre created the flamenco comedy Rinconete y Cortadillo, opening on July 5th 2002 in Granada and co-produced by the Granada Festival Internacional de Musica y Danza and Seville’s Bienal Flamenco festival.
Javier Latorre's latest productions are El Duende y el Reloj and La Celestina, created exclusively for the flamenco ballet of the prestigious Japanese flamenco dancer Shoji Kojima. Both creations were produced in the famous Festival de Jerez 2011.
Born in Seville in 1969, Isabel Bayón began dancing at the age of five. While she was still a child, she made her debut on stage in a review to Antonio, el Bailarín. When she was 16, she received a diploma in Spanish dance from the conservatories of Cordoba and Seville. In addition to flamenco and Spanish dance, during her training she received classes in contemporary, classical and regional dance. In the mid-1980s she began performing as a solo dancer in several productions. In 1992, she took the lead role in the show 'Azabache' at the Seville Universal Expo.
After working in collaboration with the Dance Company of Andalusia and the Spanish National Ballet, among others, in 2002 she set up her own flamenco company, which made its debut with her performance of 'Del alma'. In 2007, in partnership with Ángel Atienza, she set up 'Flamenco a Dos', her own dance school. She received the National Dance Award in 2013.
It can be said that Jose Maldonado is a versatile dancer. From the beginning of his dance training he adopted different styles of dance such as contemporary Spanish dance and more traditional flamenco. Throughout his career he has worked with master artists Javier Latorre, Antonio Canales, María Pagés, Rafaela Carrasco, Rocío Molina, Blanca Li, Carmen Cortés, Guito, Marcos Flores, Belén López, Rojas and Rodríguez, and Carlos Chamorro among others. He combines his work in companies and theatres with the world of tablao, dancing in many renowned prestigious tablaos such as El Cordobés, Casa Patas and Corral de la Morería, among others. In 2013 he received the prize for best choreography of solo dance and the Suma Flamenca award in the well-known Spanish and Flamenco Dance Contest in Madrid. Parallel to his role as choreographer and performer, he has developed his work as an artist in the field of painting, making various exhibitions inspired by the universe of flamenco. José Maldonado has currently formed a company around his first solo work "Andrea".
“La Popi” Cecilia Lizcano Brunete is a flamenco dancer in high-demand who has collaborated with celebrated artists and companies such as, El Güito, Manolete, Alfonso Losa, Manuel Liñán, Marco Flores, and Olga Pericet. She actively works as a soloist in tablaos in Madrid and Barcelona and has performed at some of the most artistically relevant festivals in Spain, Paris, and the United States. She is a respected teacher and has taught as invited guest artist in diverse locations all around the world for two decades.
José Almarcha began to play the guitar at the age of 8 in his town of Tomelloso, Spain and began more serious study at the age of 12 under Oscar Herrero. Though he spends most of his time performing in flamenco festivals and tablaos, when he does has a chance to teach guitar students he focuses primarily on technique before moving on to artistic interpretations.
Guitarist from Barcelona, Spain
Castilla holds the prestigious title of First Guitar at the famous Barcelona tablao, El Cordobés. There he has worked with many notable artists, including Antonio Canales, Eva La Yerbabuena, and Rocío Molina. He is a distinguished professor of flamenco guitar at the Taller de Músicos in Barcelona.