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.
Dora More Award winner for outstanding sound design/composition (2010, 2009 & 2007),
Isadora Duncan Awards winner, for composition, arrangement, and direction (2011 & 1997). www.chuscales.com
This was the name given to Jose Valle Fajardo by his Grandfather. Since then, the name Chusco has come to describe a guitarist of consummate skill and a profound understanding of the Flamenco traditions.
A native of Antequera, Spain, Chuscales grew up in a traditional gypsy family well known for its professional musicians and dancers.
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Singer, Cadiz, Spain was discovered as a singer by dancer, Pilar Ogalla, and later sang for Carmen Guerrero’s Company in Cadiz with the help of Manolo Sevilla. She has toured France, Italy, Portugal and Syria. She has been in Canilla de Aceituno Malaga, Castaño de Robledo Huelva, Festival de Musica Español and Ciclo Musicas del Sur. She visited the “Casa Flamenca” as a resident singer in the summer of 2015, and exhibits the qualities of a great emerging Gaditana singer of the new generation.
He is recognized for his deep understanding of Cante Flamenco and improvisational control over rhythm. Muñoz has performed, produced and directed in the United States, Canada & Spain. He is Founder and Director of Jesus Muñoz Flamenco and Co-Director of the Detroit-based, La Chispa and Company. Muñoz teaches a growing student base at his school, Casa Flamenca, in Albuquerque, New Mexico and for the past seven years has toured nationally with New York City- based company, Carlota Santana’s Flamenco Vivo.
In March 2013, Muñoz was a featured soloist at Lincoln Center for the 100 Years of Flamenco in New York City exhibit. He has also been a featured soloist at Jazz Cafe at Music Hall, the Detroit Institute of the Arts’ Spanish Masters Series, the National Museum of Dance, Nasher Museum at Duke University, and has closed for the Denver Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra in 2011.
He has performed at the University of Sevilla, the Spanish Embassy, Palacio Andaluz and for the Prince of Spain. Called “riveting” by the Albany Gazette, he is referred to by fellow artists as a “jazz session artist” with the live-performance direction of an orchestra conductor. Muñoz’s current projects include choreographing for the world premiere of Rudolfo Anaya’s Rosalinda and debuting Jesus Muñoz Flamenco: Red Note as part of the first annual partnership concert with the prestigious National Hispanic Cultural Center, endorsed by the Instituto Cervantes.
VICENTE GRIEGO 'El Cartucho'
From Dixon/Embudo, NM, Vicente has devoted his life to the study of Cante Flamenco, the art of flamenco singing. In 1992, Vicente began touring the US, Canada, and Latin America with the Jose Greco II Flamenco Dance Company, where he was mentored by Caño Roto singer, Alfonso Gabarri,“El Veneno” of Madrid, Spain. He sings for Yjastros, the American Flamenco Repertoire Company out of AlbuRquerque and tours nationally and internationally year round. Vicente Griego is currently presenting the musical group ReVoZo.
“Vicente Griego “El Cartucho” is striking for his deep, sonorous wails that seem to come from a cavern, someplace deep within his soul.” ~Anna Poplawska, Chicago Artist’s News
JORGE ROBLEDO - BAILE (GUEST DANCER)
“Ida y Vuelta,” the premier flamenco dance and music company in North Texas, is excited to welcome prominent bailaor (male dancer) Jorge Robledo as a guest artist! Mr. Robledo, who resides in Miami, Florida, has been principal dancer for numerous performances in Spain and around the world. He has created and choreographed his own shows, including “Latidos,” “Flamenco Entre Amigos,” and “Encuentro Flamenco.” He was born in Buenos Aires, where he studied Spanish dance, classical ballet, jazz, and modern dance. He later studied flamenco and classical Spanish dance in Spain and the U.S. with such prominent dancers as: Antonio Canales, Belén Maya, Antonio Granjero, Juana Amaya, and Nacho Blanco. Mr. Robledo has been professor of dance for several years at the Vladimir Issaev Ballet School and Roxy Performing Arts, both in Miami. In addition to appearing with the “Ida y Vuelta” flamenco music and dance company while he’s in town, Mr. Robledo will be giving a flamenco dance workshop for the public.
ANDREA HERNANDEZ GONZALES - FLAMENCO DANCER
Andrea Hernández Gonzales began her studies of flamenco and of ballet folklórico in her native San Antonio, Texas, at age three with Teresa Champion. She later added ballet, jazz, and tap to her dance repertoire. She graduated from the North East School of the Arts, a magnet-school program for talented and gifted arts students in the North East ISD in Bexar County, north of San Antonio. During her senior year, she participated in the American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive in Austin and received a scholarship from the National Foundation of Advancement of Art.
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