Four Day Flamenco Dance Workshops
May 25, 26, 27 and 28 2015
Don't miss the opportunity to study with these two legendary dancers in Flamenco!
Master Class with Antonio Canales
$160 if paying before April 30th
$180 after April 30th
Drop-ins $50 1.5 hour class
Class with Antonio Canales and Farruquito
$240 per 2 hour workshop, if paying before April 30th
$280 per 2 hour workshop, after April 30th
Drop-ins $80 per 2 hour class
Workshop Location: 1 Grove Street, San Francisco
Register now for early bird discount. For more information please contact email@example.com
Antonio Canales was born in the Triana neighborhood of Seville. He began his formal studies at the National Ballet of Spain, where he was able to work as a soloist, deciding later to make the move to Paris. There, Canales joined the company of Maguy Marin, which opened the doors for him to the world of dance on an international level. He headlined in some fifty performances, appearing on show bills with important figures such as R. Nureyev or Maya Plisetskaya. At this point, Canales had become an international dance celebrity.
In 1988, he received the Navisela award in Italy for best dancer. In 1990, Canales was also joint recipient of the Best International Dancer prize in Mexico with Julio Bocca. In 1992 he created his own company with two choreographies: A ti, Carmen Amaya and Siempre flamenco. His next show, Torero, premiered in Montreal, Canada, in 1993. Just one year later, the show opened in Madrid, where it was so successful that to date, the show has been performed on more than 1,000 occasions. Antonio Canales received the National Award for Dance in 1995. One year later, the show Gitano premiered in the Teatro Central of Seville. In 1998, he teamed with the Catalan stage designer Lluis Pasqual to present Bengues in the Madrid Autumn Festival. As a result of a commission from the National Ballet of Spain, he created Grito, which premiered in New York’s city centre.
In 1999 he opened the school that bore his name, Fuerza Latina in Avila; he also received the Max Award for best dance performer, he filmed the movie Vengo and he received the Medal of Andalusia, his homeland.
In 2000, the Theatre Festival of Merida invited him to premiere Prometeo. Over 2001, he toured Latin American and Spain with Bailaor. The following year he celebrated the tenth anniversary of his company with the reopening of Torero. In 2003 he offered a show in Seville that paid tribute to Fernando Villalon called Ojos Verdes, also receiving another Max Theatre Award for best dance performer. Carmen, Carmela (2004) showed Canales’ vision of Carmen de P. Merimee. He also took part in the Seville Biennial Flamenco Festival along with flamenco giants such as Paco de Lucia, Tomatito and Eva Yerbabuena. He also participated in the Festival of Classical Theatre in Merida in 2005 with Sangre de Edipo. In 2006, he presented Musical Flamenco Los Grandes, touring with that show until 2007. In Caracas, Venezuela he presented in 2009 his personal version of The House of Bernarda Alba, the timeless play written by Federico Garcia Lorca.
In the last few years, Antonio Canales has worked in Guanajuato, Mexico participating in events related to the bicentenary of Mexico’s independence. He has also taught lessons at the Theatre of Madrid, collaborated with the Cervantes institute and continued offering his shows in different European and American capital.
Juan Manuel Fernández Montoya, Farruquito,
is the son of Flamenco singer Juan Fernández Flores, El Moreno, and Flamenco dancer Rosario Montoya Manzano, La Farruca. The heir of a unique school founded by his grandfather Farruco, he has lived his whole life immersed in the most pure Flamenco art. He made his debut on the international scene at the age of 5 on Broadway in New York, with the show Pure Flamenco, sharing the stage with the most legendary figures of Flamenco, among them, his family. At the age of 8 he presented his first seasonal show at the Sala Zambra in Madrid.
At the age of 11, he appeared in the music video Camaron Nuestro and in Carlo Saura's film Flamenco the following year, face to face with the saga’s patriarch, El Farruco. That year he joined his family in the show Bodas de Gloria, participating in its artistic and choreographic conception. In 1992 he performed at the Opening Ceremony of the Barcelona Paralympics, and with his grandfather, El Farruco, at the Andalucía Pavilion of the Seville Universal Exposition, with the show “Presente, Pasado y Futuro”. The death of Farruco in 1997 signalled the changing of the guard: at the age of fifteen, Farruquito took on the responsibility of perpetuating the lineage. At the age of 15, he created his first show, RAíCES FLAMENCAS, in which he distinguished himself as a dancer of a new dimension, who couples all his traditional knowledge with a a prodigious personal artistic conception.
From its debut at the London's Royal Festival Hall, this display of the most pure and indigenous Flamenco has been very successful at the Villa and Conde Duque Theaters in Madrid, at the Poliorama Theater in Barcelona and on international tours in France and Japan. In 2001, “Farruquito and his family” performed in the Flamenco USA Festival. After his performances in New York and Boston, the New York Times rated him as “the best artist who set foot in the Big Apple in 2001.” The following year Farruquito triumphed in his home town, Seville, with a seasonal show in the Central Theater. He was very successful during the third edition of the Flamenco USA Festival, alongside his fourteen year-old brother, Farruco.
Leading the cast of the show POR DERECHO, he toured eleven North American cities, where the critics were stunned by his art and personality. Also, his participation at the Flamenco Festival of Madrid at the Albéniz Theater and at the Villamarta Theater in Jerez was a resounding critical and public success. Farruquito's genius did not go unnoticed by the great photographer Richard Avedon or by the American magazine People, which chose him as one of the most beautiful people in the world. The Academy of Music gave him a prize for his lyrics for Dulce Canela, which was included in María de Niña Pastori album, and for “the sound of his feet in the Jerez tribute album”.
The dancer is also at the forefront of the academy, based in Seville, which propagates the precepts of the Farruco school. In November of 2003, the opening of his show “ALMA VIEJA” at the Maestranza Theater in Seville was a huge success. The success of this show was repeated at the Albéniz Theater in Madrid and the Victoria Theater in Barcelona. From then, the ALMA VIEJA tour has been seen on many Spanish stages, also triumphing in the UK, France, and Italy.
In 2004, Farruquito received press and public recognition, with various awards such as the Premio Público for best Flamenco dancer, the Flamenco Hoy for best Flamenco dancer, the Telón Chivas 2004 Award for best dancer, and the prestigious APDE 2004 Prize to “the dignified repository of the inheritance of gypsy dancing.”
In 2008, he launched his production, PURO, with 14 musicians on stage and a great technical display, performing in Palma de Mallorca, Jerez, and Seville (XIII Flamenco Biennial.
He opened his show SONERIAS at the 2010 Seville Flamenco Biennale, incorporating a choreography full of impressive nuances of traditional and old styles, offering a theatricality that was totally different from his previous shows.
In September 2011, he launched his new show BAILE FLAMENCO at the Compac Theater in Madrid.
On August 2, 2012, he opens SIEMBRA. In this show, he gives an opportunity to his youngest brother, Manuel Fernández Montoya, El Carpeta. With music and lyrics composed by Farruquito, SIEMBRA is tailored to El Carpeta and consists of a series of dances which he has learned from his elders and to which he lends his own style, all with the argumentative line of lyrics written around the sowing season and around the continuity of a legacy, that of Farruco’s school.