After a year of almost total segregation from audiences across Colorado, Flamenco Denver and its Artistic Director Maria Vázquez can now return to the stage and are grateful for this opportunity offered by the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall of the Newman Center for the Performing Arts. The 2021 production of Raices will excite arts patrons more than ever, as we share our passion on October 21, 2021, 7:30pm at this beautiful venue.
Ms. Vázquez has been thrilling audiences in the United States and Europe since 1994 and in Denver since 2004. For RAICES she once again brings a collection of elite internationally known artists from Spain, France, Venezuela, and the USA for an electrifying evening of flamenco dance and music.
“Raices is a Spanish term meaning ‘roots’ or ‘beginnings’, and this concert will explore the roots of flamenco, in terms of the dance, the music and the narrative and expressive aspects of the art form,” said Maria Vázquez, founder and artistic director of Flamenco Denver. “With this professional group of dancers, we will develop and experiment with increasingly complex and melodious choreography.”
Ms. Vázquez has been dancing flamenco her entire life and has been teaching and performing since 1994. She has studied with some of the most well-known modern Spanish dance artists, including Caracolillo, José Galvan, Aida Gomez, Javier Latorre and Manolo Marin. She received her degree in Spanish Dance from the Conservatory of Dance in Seville, and was a student of Carmen Montiel, a recipient of the Premio Nacional de Flamenco. She danced with the company Ciudad de Sevilla, touring Europe for two years. She continued performing with other flamenco groups in Seville until 2002 when she moved to Denver. She now teaches at her Denver studio and performs across the community and state.
This event will be held in accordance with health guidelines present at the time of the event and following health safety rules and capacity established by the venue.
Tickets for the October 21st performance are from $25 to $45. Advance tickets are available at newmantix.com or at the Newman Center Box Office, 2344 East Iliff Ave, Denver. Recent performances by Flamenco Denver have sold out, so buy your tickets early.
Joining Ms. Vázquez and members of the Flamenco Denver Dance Company onstage will be artists including:
Antonio Granjero (principal dancer), a native of Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), Granjero has danced Flamenco in more than a dozen countries all over the world for the last few decades. He has performed for Queen Elizabeth II of England and danced in such prestigious settings as the National Theatre of Panama, The International Dance Festivals of Bordeaux (France), the International Exposition (Expo 92) in Seville, New York City’s Joyce Theatre and the Seattle Opera. He is currently the Artistic Director at Entre Flamenco Dance Space in Santa Fe. In 2010 he was awarded a Choreography Grant from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio for the production of “Flamenco Del Sur”. He is currently director of EntreFlamenco in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Estefania Ramirez began dancing at the early age of four. In her teen years, she began working in the professional dance environment, studying classical ballet, modern dance, and African dance forms. Shortly after, she traveled to London and debuted at the Royal Albert Hall. Upon completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and Dance at the University of New Mexico, she toured nationally with Pablo Rodarte's Dance España and with MARIA BENITEZ TEATRO FLAMENCO with whom she toured extensively in the U.S. and Canada, and with Carlota Santana Flamenco Vivo Company, all in addition to extensive international performance and teaching. She is the Co-Director of Entre Flamenco Company with Antonio Granjero. With Entre Flamenco, she was awarded the 2010 Choreography award from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio.
Angel Ruiz, Guitarist from Cordoba, Spain, began his studies at the age of 12 under Maestros Philippe Donnier and Rafael Rodriguez “Merengue de Cordoba.” His professional career began at 18 at the Tablao El Cardenal, Tablao La Buleria, as well as performing at multiple flamenco festivals. He received first prize in guitar accompaniment in the contest “Jovenes Flamencos” in Cordoba in 2002. Angel began working with Entreflamenco in 2017.
Singer José Cortés Fernández was born in the south of France in 1974 from an important gypsy family from Almería. At the age of ten, Jose began his career in Jerez de la Frontera where he won the premio del joven aficionado del cante flamenco, accompanied on guitar by Terremoto hijo. In 2010, he moved to the United States and now works with many amazing artists. An incredible and traditional artist, José Cortés Fernández surprises us now by taking a step forward in his conception of flamenco by making pure flamenco live alongside other genres.
Diego "El Negro" Alvarez is a master cajón player born in Venezuela. He lived in Spain for
16 years, where he developed his career alongside several prestigious flamenco dance companies such as Joaquin Cortez, Antonio Canales, Sara Baras, Nuevo Ballet Español and Paco Peña. He is the winner of a Latin Grammy in 2010 (for best Rock album of the year for "Sera" by La Vida Boheme), and has more than 12 other Latin Grammy nominations to his credit. He promotes the cajón as a universal instrument, demonstrating its foundations in flamenco and the music of Peru. He now makes his home in Los Angeles, where he continues working with different musical projects, primarily in flamenco and jazz.
About Flamenco Denver
From small restaurant “tablao” settings to full production theaters, María Vázquez and her group of dancers and musicians perform regularly in various formations around Denver and the surrounding areas. She offers beginner, intermediate and advanced flamenco classes for men, women, and children from her studio in Denver's South Broadway District. For more information, please visit www.flamencodenver.org or call (303) 968-5586.