Featuring this month’s star guests Antonio ‘El Pola’ & Emilio Ochando Emilio Ochando Born in Valencia in 1984, he began studying dance at 9 years of age with teachers Martín Vargas and Jose
Featuring this month’s star guests Antonio ‘El Pola’ & Emilio Ochando
Born in Valencia in 1984, he began studying dance at 9 years of age with teachers Martín Vargas and Jose Porcel. In late 1995 he joined the National Ballet of Spain in their production of ‘Medea’ sharing the stage with Lola Greco, Antonio Marquez and Luis Ortega among others. He moved to Madrid in 2001 to study and perform with with Manuel Reyes, Domingo Ortega and La China and in 2004 he joined the company of Domingo Ortega collaborating on the show ‘Orpheus’ on tour in Japan & USA. In 2006 he joined the New Spanish Ballet Company directed by Miguel Ángel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez touring Europe, Asia and the Americas and including a performance at the Royal Festival Hall in London.Since 2007 he has performed with many dancers and choreographers such as Rafael Aguilar for the shows ‘Carmen’ and ‘Bolero Flamenco, and as a soloist with Aida Gomez. In 2013 he won first prize at the III International Dance Festival in Almería and has recently formed his own company in Madrid which has just opened its second show 3DEUNO.
Antonio el Pola
Known for over twenty years as a formidably talented singer dedicated to the purest flamenco, Antonio El Pola has grown to fill the greatest stages of the world, performing with legends such as Paco de Lucia, Juan El Camas, Concha Vargas, Antonio Moya, Juan Castor, Juana Amaya, Javier Cruz, Joselito Fernandez, Soraya Clavijo, Miguel “El Funi,” Manuel de Anustias, José de la Buena, Guillermo Mansano, Maria Pena, Jesus de la Frasquita, brothers Paco and Juan del Gastor, Luis Peña, and Javier Heredia. To name but a few.
Founder member, choreographer and director of Flamenco Express. She has worked with Christina Hoyos, Paco Peña and others in Madrid, Tokyo, New York, Montreal, Toronto, Paris and throughout Europe.
Recent Collaborations include ‘Spaces in Between’ 2007 with Athina Valha and Candoco. Principle soloist ‘Splinter In The Flesh’ with the Hellenic National Dance Company at the Athens Megaron
‘Leading the dancers, La Joaquina, tiny, urgent and intense, explored a vast emotional vocabulary, and juxtaposed vulnerability and tenderness with violence and aggression. Her feet rattle off tempestuous beats, her sinewy arms snake angrily and her taut body is totally driven by her feelings. Wild and untameable, there is certainly no empty prettiness in her dance.’ Emma Manning. The Stage
A founder member and musical director of Flamenco Express, he began playing the guitar at fourteen and studied with flamenco maestros Carlos Heredia, Diego Amaya and Pepe Justicia. He has performed throughout Britain and Europe with Flamenco Express, with flamenco jazz virtuoso Eduardo Niebla and Iraqi pop sensation Jassim.
‘Two amazing guitar solos from Chris Clavo and Jesus Alvarez made string instruments sing with impossible precision.’ Staffordshire Post.
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