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One of Spain's greatest flamenco dancers, Belén Maya, presents a lecture and demonstration of the art of flamenco with guitarist José Luis Rodríguez and cantaor (singer) Alfonso Cid.
Belén Maya, daughter of two great flamenco artists, Carmen Mora and Mario Maya, began her dance studies in Madrid. Trained at a young age, she continued her studies in Seville with Anunciación Rueda “La Tona” and started performing at several prestigious flamenco shows, such as Café de Chinitas and Corral de la Pacheca in Madrid and Los Gallos in Seville. After spending a year at the Spanish National Ballet, she joined the Mario Maya Company, where within three years she became the principal dancer and répétiteur of the company. She was invited by renowned Spanish film director Carlos Saura to represent the new generation of flamenco in his film Flamenco. Belén’s performance in this film would become a milestone in flamenco dance as interpreted by women, opening new avenues in terms of concept, musicality, movement, and costuming. Transparent and in balance with tradition, Belén is characterized by her free, creative, daring, restless and open-minded style.
Award winning flamenco guitarist and composer José Luis Rodríguez began his training at age nine in the local Peñas Flamencas and soon began performing in the "tablaos" (flamenco clubs) alongside the famous gypsy guitarist El Niño Miguel several nights a week during his teenage years. In 1995 he appeared in Felix Grande's book Agenda Flamenca as one of the twenty best guitarists in Spain. He has performed in numerous countries such as Belgium, Holland, Italy, Morocco, Turkey, Israel, Germany, England, Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico, Japan, Canada, and the United States. Among his most notable works are compositions created for Ballet Cristina Hoyos, Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía, Belén Maya, Juan Carlos Lerida, Ramon Oller, and the 2015 collaboration with LA Philharmonic and Maestro Gustavo Dudamel in collaboration with Antonio Canales, Farruquito, and Siudy Garrido in Amor Brujo.
Cantaor Alfonso Cid, a graduate of the Seville Conservatory (flute and music theory), was born and raised in Seville, the heartland of flamenco music. His mother, an amateur singer from Triana, a flamenco enclave in Seville, and his grandfather, an aficionado of flamenco, were his earliest influences. Since 1987, he has attended one the most significant flamenco clubs in Andalusia, the Peña Flamenca Torres-Macarena in Seville, and studies with some of the most important figures in the world of flamenco in Spain. Cid regularly performs in flamenco productions, including appearances in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, Symphony Space, La Mama Theater and Town Hall in New York City, Caramoor Center of Music and Arts, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, as well as London’s Royal Albert Hall, Sala Covarrubias in Mexico City, and Spanish Repertory Theater in New York with flamenco dancer Pilar Rioja. Cid teaches flamenco singing in New York and also lectures on flamenco music and history.
Belén Maya’s appearance at the Clark is sponsored in part by Sally Grossman and HH Hill Realty.