This Friday, June 7th, the Broad Stage will host the 10th Annual “Cumbre Flamenca” festival, produced by Beth Nesbitt, and featuring performers, Adrián Santana, Águeda Saavedra, and guitarist Francisco Vinuesa. Together, Adrián and Águeda are a compelling duo that execute the elegant and crude nature of Flamenco through flawless technique and stunning choreography. The fierce physicality in their performance will leave you stunned and inspired.
Born in Málaga, Spain, Adrián Santana began his dance training with his uncle, Pepito Vargas, and continued to study at the Conservatory of Dance in Málaga where he trained in Flamenco, Danza Española, and regional folk dancing. He was awarded first prize in choreography at the “Málaga Crea” and the recipient of the 2nd place prize at the XIX Certamen de Coreografía de Danza Española y Flamenco in Madrid with his piece, “Siempre me pasa lo mismo”. Adrián Santana has performed in company pieces by choreographers including, Aída Gómez, Concha Jareño, Manuel Liñán, Daniel Doña, Margaret Jova, Carlos Chamorro, Rocío Molina, and was featured in Carlos Saura’s Flamenco Hoy directed and choreographed by Rafael Estévez and Nani Paños. Known for his flawless technique in performance, Adrián is also admired for his ability to create magic with his use of manton and castanets.
Also from Málaga, Águeda Saavedra began studying at the Conservatory of Dance in Málaga at the age of seven. She won the first prize in the “Ribarroja del Turia” contest and two years in a row won a scholarship in the Antonio Najarro dance company. Both dancers combine beautifully their diverse technical abilities in Flamenco, Danza Española, and of course Málaga styles folk dancing including Malagueñas and Verdiales. The two have been performing and collaborating for some time. If you are looking to see a one of a kind duet this show is highly recommended. Adrián and Águeda’s strong familiarity with one another as dancers shows in their ability to seamlessly carve space around one another on stage through unique and exquisite uses of the body. The physical abilities of these dancers and their commitment to an emotional presence on stage makes this show a must see.
Friday, June 7 at 8:00 pm
Pre-show Paella & Tapas Reception: 6:00-7:30 pm
The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, CA. 90401
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This show is brought to us by VIDA FLAMENCA, a California-based 501 ©3 non-profit dedicated to advancing and preserving Spanish dance and music tradition. The ongoing VIDA FLAMENCA programs increase awareness of Spanish Culture through Flamenco dance and music performances, educational workshops and master classes. Since the company’s inception, VIDA FLAMENCA has become the premiere calling card as a Flamenco entertainment source in Los Angeles, Southern California and throughout the United States.