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.
Bailaor / Cantaor: MANUEL GUTIERREZ
Manuel Gutierrez’s family came from Cordoba, Spain. He won his first flamenco award at only 8 years old. He began to develop his unique style under the direction of Lita Peiro, José Galván & later with Joaquin Grilo and Javier Latorre. By age twenty, Gutierrez began producing works & dancing across Europe with legendary artists including Duquende, Chicuelo, Juan Carmona and Chispa Negra in London, Great Britain & France. Manuel was invited to teach at the top studios in Europe including L’Opéra de Paris among others. Upon moving to Los Angeles he did worked as Honorary Chair in benefit of Eva Longoria Foundation, Ricky Martin Foundation, Global Gift Foundation & many more. Manuel continues to work alongside Longoria & has produced charitable events in Los Angeles, London, Paris, Cannes, Mexico & Dubai. Among his world wide accoladeshis choreography was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award
Jose Cortez Fernandez - Singer/guitarist
Jose Cortez Fernandez Was born in the south of France in 1974 to an important gypsy family of Almeria. At the age of 10 José begin his career in Jerez de la Frontera wherehe won the "Premio Del Joven aficionado del cante" flamenco. He was Accompanied on guitar by Terremoto hijo . He was immersed in the world exclamation out with the greatest artists such as Terremoto, Pansequito, Camarón de la Isla, Moraito Chico and Tomatito.
Since then he has shared the stage with the best artist including Belen Lopez, Alfonso Losa, Sergio Arranda, Juan Ogala, Maria del mar Moreno, Antonio de la Malena, Manuel Malena, Mara Martinez, Andres Pena, Pilar Ortega, Juan Carmona, Nino de Los Reyes, Jesus Carmona, Belen Maya, Domingo Ortega, and Carmen Ledesma. In 2010, he moved to the United States and now works with many amazing artists such as Jason McGuire, Caminos Flamenco, Carola Zertuche, Melissa Cruz, Christina Hall. Recently, Jose was invited to be Antonio Carmona's (of Ketama) back up singer at the Nokia theater for Eva Longoria's foundation. In 2014 Jose had the honor to sing for the San Francisco Opera in "Giselle".
Jose has also worked with the Aspen ballet, Juan Siddi company, with whom he toured Hawaii, New Mexico and had the honor to the perform at the Joyce Theater in New York City last spring. An incredible traditional artist Jose Cortez surprises us now by taking a step forward and his conception of flamenco by making pure flamenco live alongside other genres.
ricardo diaz - Guitarist
performs not only in festivals and tablaos all over the world, he also works with renowned American and international dance companies, such as Flamenco Vivo/Carlota Santana of New York City, Teatro Flamenco of San Francisco, Caterina Costa of Rome, Flamenco Sur of France, and Yjastros Dance Company, Albuquerque. He is also artistic director of the Alma Flamenca dance company of Canada.
He has toured with prominent artists such as: Andrés Marín, Alejandro Granados, Pastora Galván, “La Tania,” Jesus Montoya, Marisol Encinias, Timo Lozano, Vicente Griego, Jose Anillo, Carola Zertuche, and Mónica Bermúdez.
His performances have been presented by numerous prestigious organizations and at international venues, including the St. Louis Flamenco Society, the Flamenco Jondo Festival in Vancouver, the Theater d’Iouille and the Festival d’Avignon in France, the Caja Negra and Peña Niño Alfalfa in Sevilla, the Teatro Greco and El Aventino in Rome, and by the Embassies of Spain in Canada and El Salvador. In addition, Mr. Díaz has performed in Japan, China, Denmark, Germany, Argentina, Switzerland, Holland, and throughout the U.S. (including Hawaii) and Canada.
His album, Travesuras (“Pranks”), recorded in Jérez de la Frontera, Spain, is considered by flamenco aficionados to be one of the best recent discs. It has sold over 10,000 copies, to date.
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.
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