The 9th in the series of this essential London flamenco event. Raw, unplugged, flamenco puro from the purest band in town.
The Bread and Roses : 68 Clapham Manor Street
London, United Kingdom SW4 6DZ
7.30 – 10.30PM
Tickets: £8/£7 Conc, Unemployed, Students, OAPs MU & Equity
Phone 0207 732 8493 for Advance Reservations
This month welcoming back by popular demand Gemma de la Cruz and Natalia García Huidobro with the monumental Manuel de La Malena, Chris Clavo, La Joaquina.
Plus an after- show ‘Juerga’, when the stage is open for students or other aficionados to display their talents, and to share the stage with members of the company. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please contact us and let us know your intentions.
Gemma de la Cruz
Surrounded by flamenco as a child, she began classes at the age of ten, and went on to study at the Madrid Conservatoire and Studios Amor De Dios alongside Belén Fernandez and Belén Maya.
Her Spanish performances include the Teatro Español, Teatro Barcel, Teatro de la Plaza de la Villa, and Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid as well as Japanese and UK tours.
Born in 1975 into family of actors in Chile, At 15-year-old she began studying classical and modern dance and flamenco. In 1998 she moved in Spain to perfect here flamenco. She she studied at Amor de Dios with the maestros La China and Alejandro Granados and in Sevilla with Juana Amaya. During his time in Spain she made her solo show “Mi Piezas para un abandono” and collaborated with Miguel Cañas company in the show “El quejío del Silencio”.
In 2003 she received a scholarship to study at the Amor de Dios in Madrid in particular with Manuel Liñán, Rafaela Carrasco, La Tacha and Manuel Reyes. From then on, she has lived and worked, based in Madrid and has created a professional career. She has worked at the legendary Café de tablaos Chinitas, Las Carbonera and El Corral de la Morería. She has performed with the Compañía de Juan Antonio de los Reyes (Lutraki, Greece), flamenco quartet mura in Japan and “Bailando sobre la lluvia”, a performance by Manolo Punto (París).
Founder member, choreographer and director of Flamenco Express. She has worked with Christina Hoyos, Paco Peña and others in Madrid, Tokyo, New York, Montreal, Toronto, Paris and throughout Europe.
‘Spaces in Between’ 2007. Royal Festival Hall Re-opening celebrations with Athina Valha and Candoco.
Principle soloist ‘Splinter In The Flesh’ with the Hellenic National Dance Company at the Athens Megaron. November 2010
Manuel de la Malena
No true music lover can pass by the chance to experience Manuel’s brand of flamenco. His performances reveal flamenco as a truly universal art form, comparable with the highest opera or coolest jazz, and conveys the often tortured, often wonderful history of the gypsy people.
From Jerez de La Frontera, in the ‘golden triangle’ of flamenco, Manuel is the essence of flamenco puro. A descendant of Tio Louis el de la Juliana – one of the originators of modern Flamenco cante, when he sings, that deep, colourful history fills the theatre. A regular prizewinner at festivals in France and Spain he has sung at the Festival de la Union, Cante Grande de Almeria and the National Festival de Cordoba working alongside legends such as Tio Borrico, Antiano Mairena, and Vicente Soto Sordera. A regular collaborator with La Tati, especially on her experimental adaptations, and with internationally acclaimed dancer Domingo Ortega.
A founder member and musical director of Flamenco Express, he began playing the guitar at fourteen years old and later studied with flamenco maestros Carlos Heredia, Diego Amaya and Pepe Justicia. He has performed throughout Britain and Europe with Flamenco Express as well as touring with flamenco jazz virtuoso Eduardo Niebla and Iraqi pop sensation Jassim.
‘Delighted the audience, who rewarded them with rapturous applause and encores.’
‘This feisty flamenco company deliver the finest in flamenco, plus sizzling soloist La Joaquina’
‘..utterly riveting variations of firecracker beats…tumultuous fervour ..indelible gracefulness.’