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.
Guitarrista/cantaor - Mariano mancella
is a Flamenco singer and guitarist who bases his artistic career on the permanent search for new sounds and musical mixes. Performing in his native, Buenos Aires, Spain, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Sardinia, Japan and the United States with respected artists such as:
Chuscales (1997), Paco Jarana and Pedro Cortes (2001) and later in Argentina with Raúl "El Perla" (2001) , David Amaya "Barbería del Sur" and Santiago Aguilar (2002). He has played at venues such as the Conrad Hotel in Uruguay, touring with Carlota Santana's Company (New York, USA) and participating in the Flamenco Festival in Albuquerque New Mexico, with some of the greatest dancers in the world. In 2001 & 2002 he worked with Joaquin Encinias' company "Yjastros", 'Son y Soniquete' and 'Fiesta Flamenca'. More recently, he shared the stage with renowned international artists such as bailaor Rafael Amargo and bailaoras Carmen La Talegona, Carmen Ledesma and Carmen Gonzales.
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.”