Una Noche Flamenca
Area 405 is proud to host our annual event, Una Noche Flamenca, A night of Flamenco.
The internationally renown talents of Anna Menendez, Ricardo Marlow, Edwin Aparicio and Bezad Habibzai. This year, we also have the the distinct honor of welcoming international flamenco star, Norberto Chamizo to Area 405's stage.
Anna Menendez, is a Washington DC based Flamenco artist. She began as a ballet dancer, but found her true passion in Spanish dance. Anna has performed with many dance companies and has been a solo Flamenco artist since 1997. Ms. Menendez has performed at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, in over 50 children's concerts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, with The Washington Opera, and in October of 2011 Anna and her company "Pastora" performed as a part of Velocity at the Sydney Harman Hall in Washington DC . Ms Menendez performs as a soloist in many of Edwin Aparicio's Flamenco Aparicio productions, and myriad concert halls, tablaos and venues throughout the country. She has recently traveled to Eastern Europe and to Nicaragua to the "Teatro Nacional Ruben Dario and Alma del Artes" for a series of performances and workshops.
Ms. Menendez is a 2003 Artistic Fellowship Award recipient from the D.C. council for the Arts and Humanities for excellence in Flamenco dance. Along with performing regularly, she is a choreographer and teacher at the American Embassy of Dance in Washington, DC, and has pioneered a series of programs with Young Audiences Maryland by integrating literacy and learning through Spanish dance.
Edwin Aparicio is considered to be one of the most sought-after flamenco performers, teachers and choreographers in the United States. He has been described by critics as "the most amazing dancer seen in years," "a technical powerhouse dancing with blistering conviction," having "hellfire footwork" and choreographies with "beautiful, evocative imagery".Trained by the world renowned flamenco artists Tomás de Madrid and "La Tati", Mr. Aparicio made his debut at the legendary Casa Patas in Madrid in 2001 and in 2005 performed as a soloist and a company member with "Jóvenes Flamenco" at the Centro Cultural de San Blas in Madrid. Mr. Aparicio has performed with The Washington National Opera at The Kennedy Center under the direction of Plácido Domingo.Aparicio is the artistic director and choreographer of the productionsFlamenco Men,Flamenco/Flamenca,Al AndalúsCamino / al flamenco, andEncuentros, co-director and choreographer ofBailes Inéditos, director and choreographer of the nationally acclaimed productionsÍntimowith Carmela Greco, which was presented in Washington DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Portland OR, and at the Kean University in New Jersey, andEntresueño, which marked Mr. Aparicio's New York City debut as a company director Since 2008Mr. Aparicois a member of thefacultyat the Washington School of Ballet. In 2013heperformed as a guest artist in The Washington Ballet's production of Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
Born in Germany to a family of Spanish emigrants, Norberto began studying dance at 19. He moved to Madrid to dedicate his life to Flamenco studying at Amor De Dios with acclaimed artists Tomas De Madrid, Circo, La Tati and more. Since 2001, he has performed as a soloist in the COMPAÑÍA FLAMENCA TOMÁS DE MADRID and has toured throughout Europe, Northern Africa, and Japan.teaching Flamenco since 2000. Norberto frequently appears as a featured performer at the legendary Madrid Tablao Casa-Patas with renowed artist Carmela Greco and others.
Norberto is a director, choreographer and teacher of Flamenco since 2002 spreading his technics worldwide. In 2004, Norberto formed his own company Flamenco Joven, with which he regularly tours internationally, most notably spending several touring seasons in Japan, Germany, Spain, The Canary Islands, and New York.
As a young child, Ricardo (Richard) Marlow was introduced to the guitar by his father, the eminent classical guitarist John E. Marlow. He went on to receive a degree from the James Madison School of Music (James Madison University) in 1997. Ricardo studied flamenco guitar with Maestro Gerardo Núñez, in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain. He has performed with the "Danza del Río Flamenco Company," with Ana Martínez and Paco de Málaga, Anna Menéndez, and since 1997, with the "Arte Flamenco" Dance Company.Marlow is a key member of Edwin Aparicio's productions of "Bailes Inéditos," "Encuentros," and "Íntimo," where performed with Jesús Montoya, Alfonso Cid, Roberto Castellón, "La Truco," and Carmela Greco. Marlow has performed at the Mayor's Art's Awards at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, The Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and regularly performs at theaters, museums and flamenco venues in the Washington, DC, as well asnational and international venues and an original composition as part of Septime Webre's Washington Ballet production of "Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises" at the Kennedy Center.
Héctor José Márquez
Héctor José Márquez a Flamenco cante is from Washington, DC. Mr. Marquez originally studied flamenco guitar in Granada, Spain, with Paco Trujillo, then in Sanlúcar de Barrameda he studied cante with Rafael Bernal, Ismael De La Rosa, Amparo Heredia "La Repompilla" and Maestro Rafael De Utrera. Upon returning to the U.S. he began to work in local tablaos. Mr. Márquez has performed with Flamenco Aparicio Dance Company at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, Center Stage, GALA Hispanic Theater, the Harman Hall, Instituto Cervantes, Teatro Nacional Rubén Darío in Nicaragua and the Old Town School of Folk Music. Mr. Márquez has also worked with Pastora Flamenca, Auxi Fernández, Nelida Terado, and Natalia Monteleon with Arte Flamenco. He performed at Alegrias La Nacional in New York City, The United State's most famous Tablao. Mr. Márquez performed as a guest artist in Septime Webre's Washington Ballet production of Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises" at the Kennedy Center and can be found performing with many national and international companies.
Behzad Habibzai brings over 20 years experience as a musician. A drummer, composer, classically-trained percussionist, and founding member of the New England underground punk band The Rhetorics, Behzad began playing flamenco guitar at the age of 14 after exploring various world music. Behzad performs with Flamenco Aparicio, Pastora, Arte Flamenco, and Pasion y Arte at theaters and festivals including but not limited to the Atlas Theater's Intersections Festival, Gala Theatre's Fuego Flamenco Festival, Sidney Harman Hall's Velocity DC Dance Festival, the Creative Alliance, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the DC Feria, and chamber music performances with members of the United States Army Field Band. Since 2013, Behzad has co-produced three programs under the ensemble name Sonsonete with soprano vocalist Meghan Pilar Whittier exploring a program of flamenco and Spanish art songs. Additionally, Behzad has performed in numerous productions in the metro area's theater scene serving as onstage musician at the Constellation Theatre, WSC Avant Bard, and Gala Hispanic Theatre. Behzad has given workshops and lectures at George Mason University, Peabody Conservatory, and the Mid-Atlantic Guitar Festival, and has been a guest artist at the Ibero-American Guitar Festival twice. Behzad is proud to have maintained an active studio teaching flamenco guitar at the Guitar Gallery in Washington, DC and has been serving as accompanist for the flamenco classes at the American Dance Institute for over a decade.
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Baltimore, MD 21202
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