Great beginning of Flamenco Nights at Destino
Last week was the first night of season 2017 and it couldn’t have a better start! Josemi Carmona ‘Habichuela’ and his friends, Rafita de Madrid, Luis Amador, Mati, Marina Valiente and special guest Farru were in charge of colouring the night with their music, dance and voices!
So, who will be at Destino this week? The great Antonio Canales!
Son and grandson of artists, he became interested in ballet from an early age. His first professional opportunity was given by the Spanish National Ballet, where he soon became the company’s solo dancer and, for which, he has choreographed Two shows: ‘Grito’ (1998) premiered at New York City Center and ‘A Ciegas’ (1999), with which Canales made his début at the Teatro de la Zarzuela as BNE’s guest.
Before starting his own company, which was presented in Bilbao in 1992 with the staging of ‘A ti, Carmen Amaya’ and ‘Siempre Flamenco’, Antonio Canales developed a solo career as a flamenco interpreter, required at important international Galas in which he shared scenarios with great figures like Carmen Amaya, Maya Plisétskaya or Carla Fracci among others.
Leading his company, Canales has signed acts and successes Such as ‘Torero’ (1993), ‘Gitano’ (1997), ‘La Cenicienta’ (2000), ‘Ojos Verdes’ (2003) and ‘Carmen Carmela’.
The choreographer and ‘bailaor’ from Seville has also starred in the film ‘Vengo’ and is the author of the novel ‘Sangre de Albero’.
He received the National Dance Prize in 1995 and he is member of the CID UNESCO since 2013; In 2017 he received the Silver Slipper by Indanza Association.
Another special guest of the night is Mónica Fernández
Born in Barcelona and graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Seville, bailaora Mónica Fernández expanded her training in classical Spanish and flamenco with ‘maestros’ such as La Chana, Manolete, Mercé Esmeralda, Ciro, Javier Latorre and Antonio Canales. She has several prizes, among them, one of the Minas de la Unión Contest in 1994’s edition. Few artists as young as she can brag to have a career as extensive as hers. She has been part of companies such as La Chana, Manolete, Antonio Canales, Tito Losada, Juan de Juan or Rafael Amargo, with whom he acted as the first dancer in the shows Poeta in New York and Tiempo muerto. Also with Antonio Canales has represented main characters in Narciso, Torero or Gitano in which she was the solo dancer with more than 900 representations.
Canales relied on her to act as a stepsister in Cinderella as well as to teach at his school, where she has carried out almost all her teaching activity. In 2009 she worked as Choreography Assistant in the television program “Fama” (Cuatro TV) with Antonio Canales; as soloist with Marta Heredia’s Company; as the first dancer with the Tito Losada’s Company, in the show “Entre telones” and in Cape Verde with the show “El alma en un momento” by Casa Patas Foundation.
Alongside Antonio Canales and Mónica Fernández will be Josemi Carmona, Rafita de Madrid, Luis Amador and Mati.
All together, it promises to be a great night.