A rare and dynamic art form that encompasses all aspects of the fine arts. Fabulous costuming, impassioned dancing, backed up with the highest caliber musicians, present music both ancient and innovative. All come together to paint a theatrical image, often over-looked, but not easily forgotten.
JULIA ALCÁNTARA - director/performer - flamencologist
Julia Alcántara has been bringing the best of Flamenco music and dance to North Texas since 1998. She’s a native Texan who began studying the art of Flamenco after graduating from High School. After studying for three years with Dallas Flamenco Matriarch Conte De Loyo, she moved to New York to study with Antonio Del Castillo and Raquel Heredia. She finished her education at UNM in Albuquerque, the heart of flamenco in the US, where her curriculum included classes in Flamenco History, choreography, improvisation, singing, and classical Spanish dance with Eva Encinias and Pablo Rodarte. There she was able to perfect her technique and study with some of the greatest dancers in the world including: Eva ‘La Yerba Buena’, Antonio Canales, Juana Amaya, Alejandro Granados, Carmela Greco, Omayra Amaya, Belen Maya, and Florencio Campos among others.
About Headlining Residency Artist: Lakshmi Basile: “La Chimi” became one of the first and only foreign artists in Spain to win a highly regarded national prize in, Concurso de las Minas de La Unión, 2011. She also won an award in another primary contest, Concurso Nacional de Arte Flamenco de Córdoba. There she surprised flamenco critics and received great praise: “un desgarrador homenaje a los románticos de lo jondo” (a heart wrenching homage to the romantics of pure flamenco), Alberto García Reyes, ABC. In fifteen years, Lakshmi consolidates her career in Seville, the cradle of flamenco. She performs daily as a soloist at the tablao “El Palacio Andaluz” in Seville, Spain. She works alongside significant artists in private events and festivals internationally, such as, Great Britain, Denmark and Uruguay. She has produced her own show in Spain, named, “Zarabanda, Lo Que Duerme en el Cuerpo de los Gitanos”, (Zarabanda, What Sleeps in the Gypsies’ Body). She is also sought after as a teacher by flamenco students in Spain. Lakshmi Basile has found her substantial artistic career as a flamenco dancer, because that is what she is in her soul and heart. “Su baile es de una alegría conquistada” (Her dance is one of conquered joy) – Félix Grande, poet and flamencologist. “La única cosa americana que tiene es su pasaporte”, (The only American thing she has is her passport) – Ángel Ojeda, former Minister of Culture of the Junta de Andalucía..”
Guitarrista/cantaor - SANTIAGO MAYA
Guitarist/Singer Santiago Maya was raised on his father’s Andalusian horse ranch in Pecos, NM and grew up listening to him play flamenco themes like Tangos and Taranta. He picked up the guitar at age 4, but got serious about his guitar technique, as a teenager with Adam de Monte, and began fine tuning his flamenco singing and guitar playing as an accompanist in 1999 at the National Institute of Flamenco in Albuquerque. There he collaborated with big name artists like Chuscales, Omayra Amaya, Eva Encinias and toured accompanying Vicente Griego and “Arte Flamenco”. In 1993 Santiago moved to California and began teaching Cajon and guitar. There he enjoyed invitations to work with singers like Jesus Montoya, Antonio de Jerez, dancers Manuel Gutierrez & Ivan Vargas, Ryan/Alex Zerneno, and some of the best dancers in the US. He has played all over the West Coast from San Diego to Santa Barbara in noted tablaos: El Cid, Alegrias, Luna Negra, Café Sevilla and theaters like Montalban, Ivar and La Brea Theaters and extensive work at the Los Angeles Music Center with “Sakai Flamenco”. He is currently a recording at Joey Heredia’s “Groove Studio” working several multi-media projects soon to be released.
EL ABEJORRO - CAJON & STAGE MANAGER
(Carlos) El Abejorro is an integral part of the Ida y Vuelta team. He is not only a versatile musician, dabbling in electric and acoustic guitar, bass and African percussion, but he is our sound tech and stage manager at show time. In between set up and tear down, he sits in as our cajon player, carefully following both dancers and musicians through dozens of calls, breaks, crescendos, the complicated 12 count rhythms and multiple time signatures that make up the endless diversity of the Flamenco Musical Genre.
A cajón (Spanish pronunciation: [kaˈxon] ka-hon, "box", "crate" or "drawer") is nominally a six sided, box-shaped percussion instrument originally from Peru, played by slapping the front or rear faces (generally thin plywood) with the hands, fingers, or sometimes various implements such as brushes, mallets, or sticks. Cajones are primarily played in Afro-Peruvian music, as well as contemporary styles of flamenco and jazz among other genres. The term cajón is also applied to other unrelated box drums used in Latin American music such as the cajón de rumba used in Cuban rumba, and the cajón de tapeo used in Mexican folk music
bailaor - miguel infante -
is a flamenco dancer, choreographer, and teacher from Málaga, Spain, located on the southern tip and Mediterranean coast of Andalucía.
He began his professional career with mentors of the stature of Merche Esmeralda, José Ruíz, Manuel Reyes, Antonio Reyes, Paco Romero, Rafael del Carmen, Fran Espinos, and Andrés Peña.
He was most recently principal dancer of legendary Spanish guitarist Juan Martín’s Flamenco Dance Ensemble and has toured internationally all over Europe and North America.
Other credits include: • Principal dancer in the show, The Three-Cornered Hat, in the Cervantes Theater in Málaga. • Principal dancer in Paco Mora’s Carmen ballet, which toured all over Spain • Soloist in numerous flamenco night clubs around the world • Soloist at numerous flamenco festivals • Shared the bill with famous flamenco figures, such as Terremoto, Rancapino, and Chocolate.
Mr. Infante is described as, “...a festero to the core: part percussionist, part singer, part dancer, and all artist, integrated and inseparable. He is spontaneous and full of charisma, communicating passion through his music and dance wherever he finds himself, be it at a local bar, in the kitchen, at a private party, or on stage.”