Featuring this month's star guests Titi Flores & Antonio el Pola Titi Flores A furiously effervescent dancer of unique power, imagination and grace. A gypsy from Arcos de la Frontera, he shared the
Featuring this month’s star guests Titi Flores & Antonio el Pola
A furiously effervescent dancer of unique power, imagination and grace.
A gypsy from Arcos de la Frontera, he shared the stage with artists such as Camarón de la Isla, Paco Toronjo, Aurora Vargas, Chiquetete, Turronero and Chano Lobato from the age of 15. After relocating to Madrid he worked with La Tati, Rafael Amargo, Cristóbal Reyes and Juan Andrés Maya and has recently founded his own dance company – Compañía Titi Flores.
Antonio el Pola
Known for his extensive knowledge of flamenco history, his musical ability and his dedication to the ‘pure’ art form he has close ties with patriarchs of the Andalusian flamenco community. Born in the small village of Cañada Rosal in the province of Sevilla, his exposure to flamenco started as a small child, when his father took him to the local peñas (flamenco venues). By age of 10, El Pola was playing guitar and singing traditional flamenco. Moving to Sevilla in 2001, he toured with Concha Vargas, Antonio Moya, and Inés Bacan and sang in La Carbonería alongside Gaspar de Utrera and Juan del Gastor. He has also worked with Juana Amaya, Joselito Fernandez, Miguel ‘El Funi’and brothers Paco and Juan del Gastor.
In the summer of 2003 he wrote and recorded ‘Tierra de Esperanza’ accompanied by Antonio Moya on guitar and was commissioned by the University of Sevilla to present his work throughout Andalucía, sharing the stage with Ines Bacan and Gaspar de Utrera.
Since then, he has been touring Japan, Ecuador, Finland, and the United States. He works frequently with Juan del Gastor in Sevilla, and at El Corral de la Morería, Cardamomo, and other top Madrid venues.
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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