Hola Fresno Flamenco and Aficionados!
This time there will be a two day opportunity to see these great artists:
Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th!
Unique world class performers like these come to Fresno, brought to you by The Fresno Flamenco and Spanish Arts Society and Academia de Arte Flamenco Dance Studio. Come and enjoy a night of song, music, and dance from a group of international artists from Spain to Japan!
Doors open one hour before performance for complimentary Tapas and beverages
About the Artists:
Special Guest Artist: La Tania (Dancer)
Born in Arles, France and at a very young age she moved to Spain where she spent her childhood traveling through the flamenco world of Southern Spain; from the caves of Sacromonte Granada, to the gypsy enclave of Moron de la Frontera, and on to Sevilla. Her professional career started at age seventeen, dancing and touring with various Spanish dance companies.
She moved on as a soloist in the major Tablaos of Madrid, where she performed for many years and eventually became the star dancer. She continued her studies with various masters of flamenco: Merche Esmeralda, Cristobal Reyes, La Tati, and most notably Ciro. La Tania has danced worldwide, touring with Paco Peña, Mario Maya, Los Flamenco Somos Asi, performing in such venues as El Teatro Lope de Vega, Spain; Teatro Bellas Artes, Mexico City; Teatro Juarez in the Cervantino Festival, Mexico; Theater Carre, Amsterdam; Theater Luxor, Rotterdam; Yubin Chonkin Hall, Tokio; Teatro Albeniz, Madrid and Teatro Alcazar, Madrid to name a few.
In 1991 La Tania started her own company in Madrid and in 1993 performed in California where she decided to relocate. From 1993 to 2003 La Tania toured extensively with her company presenting many programs and bringing renowned artists from Spain such as Rafael Campallo, Belen Maya, Jose Anillo, Andres Marin, Juan Antonio Suarez "Cano", Enrique el Extremeno, and Jose Luis Rodriguez.
She has been awarded the Choreographers Fellowship from both the California Arts Council in 1995 and the National Endowment for the Arts in 1995 and 1996, also in 1996 La Tania received the Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Artistic Excellence in the category of Individual Performance.
La Tania has been recognized worldwide as a dancer, choreographer and master teacher. She has received rave reviews from The Japan Times, El Pais, Spain; Los Angeles Times, New York Times, San Francisco Examine
Jesús Montoya (Cantaor):
Is from Seville, Spain. Born into the one of the oldest Gypsy families.
He was steeped in flamenco purity and power, earning him the name
"El Rey Del Fandangos Grande" at age 7 and by age 9 he had started his professional singing career. By age 13, he started to tour with various professional companies.
Now a true master of the flamenco arts, Jesús is a man of overwhelming integrity. In addition to his Spanish and European touring credentials, he has toured tirelessly with major flamenco companies throughout the United States and Canada.
An accomplished recording artist as well, including CD's of original compositions as well as collaborations with various world class artists, Jesús has released his 8th CD. The incredibly staged production and recording of "AINADAMAR" "FOUNTAIN OF TEARS" was a double winner of the 2007 Grammy Awards for "BEST CLASSICAL CONTEMPORARY COMPOSITION" and"BEST OPERA RECORDING" for How I Got My Start.
In addition to being the one most respected and sought after touring flamenco singers brought to the US, he continues to perform with his own flamenco company "Pureza Flamenca", widely known for putting on some of the greatest and most exciting flamenco shows worldwide. This award winning company of distinguished flamenco artists are nothing less than brilliant and tantilizing.
José Tanaka (Guitarist):
Born in Kyoto Japan, and raised by family steeped in the Flamenco arts (his father & his uncle both are Flamenco guitarists & his mother is a Flamenco dancer). He has a natural Flamenco musical ability & edge, which raised him above other artists. The Spanish name José was given to him by his parents to further strengthen his ties to natural Flamenco. Tanaka has been performing since childhood.
At the age of 24 Tanaka rediscovered his passion for Flamenco and pursued further study in Seville and Madrid, Spain where he polished his technique studying with the Masters and developed and honed his soniquete (groove) and aire (feel) playing the guitar everyday amongst the gypsies. Tanaka continues to go back to Spain frequently to get inspired.
Mizuho Sato (Dancer):
Was born in Iwate, Japan and started classical ballet at the age of four. As she performed on stage and attained years of experience in winning balletic competitions, she pursued her career as a dancer and took summer school in the Royal Ballet Academy of England. Entering Sophia (Jouchi) University in Tokyo brought her a strong encounter with flamenco, and she decided to shift her career.The following year she was in Seville, Spain, taking classes from prestigious instructors like Manolo Marin, Maria del Mar Verranga, Javier Cruz, and Alicia Marquez. After her studies, she returned to Tokyo and started performing in several well known tablaos. In the year 2000, she received awards from the Japanese Flamenco Association and the Ambassador of Spain.
Timo Nuñez (Dancer):
Began dancing ballet and studying musical theatre at the early age of seven in Santa Barbara, California. At the age of nine, he was intensely attracted to Spanish Flamenco Dance and began to study under Linda Vega and Roberto Amaral. Timo quickly began to excel as a young professional performer with the Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera and Juan Talavera's "MEN OF FLAMENCO." At the age of twelve Debbie Allen discovered Timo and his sister Beatrice as a young brother/sister flamenco duo. Simultaneously, Timo began his training in Spain. Invitations to perform at the Kennedy Center in Debbie Allen's "PEPITO'S STORY" soon followed.Timo later became a member of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy's faculty as a flamenco instructor.
Timo now performs and choreographs all over the world from Santa Barbara to Sevilla, New York to Dubai. Timo won the coveted First Place recognition in "El Concurso de Baile Flamenco" in Albuquerque. He was judged by Israel and Pastora Galvan, Rafael and Adela Campallo and El Torombo, some of the most renowned flamenco dancers of all time.
Pushing flamenco's traditional boundaries, Timo pays homage to the lineage of flamenco while incorporating his modern twist of this dance. Like the Phoenix, rising from the ashes, Timo rises from the stage, incorporating all that is known about flamenco, while adding his unique and passion filled embrace of the modern. Thus what appears on the stage is a mixture of elements unique to TImo Nuñez. Timos' credits include, FOX's SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE recognized as "America's Number One Flamenco Dancer.
Academia de Arte Flamenco/ Flamenco Art Academy (View)
1918 N Echo Street
Fresno, CA 93704
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