Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia Returns for U.S. Premiere of Metafora Tonight
Flamenco Festival returns to New York City Center for a 12th season of world-class flamenco dance and music with the renowned Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía, tonight, March 6 - 9, 2013. The company of 19 dancers, singers and musicians, directed by award-wining flamenco star Rubén Olmo, will present the New York premiere of Metáfora, a dazzling kaleidoscope of castanets, fans, traditional flamenco bata de cola dresses, powerful footwork, demanding technique and jaw-dropping athleticism.
Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía, now in its 19th season, is Spain's premiere flamenco company. The troupe has performed all over the world, including Argentina, Cuba, the United States, Italy and Japan. Some of Spain's top dancers studied and performed with the company, including Israel Galván, Isabel Bayón, Rafael Campallo, Belén Maya, Rafaela Carrasco, Fernando Romero, Mercedes Ruiz and María José Franco, among others.
Rubén Olmo was born in Seville in 1980 and began his flamenco studies at the age of 9. He trained with some of Spain's great teachers, including Jose Galván, Manolo Marín, María Pagés, Javier Rosa Naranjo, and Aida Gómez. Olmo entered the Ballet Nacional de España as a soloist at the age of 18 and became a principal dancer the following year. He has performed with Eva la Yerbabuena and Ramón Oller and has worked with Rafael Amargo as a soloist and choreographer. In 2005 he was an instructor on "Operación Triunfo," the Spanish edition of the TV show "American Idol".Olmo formed his own company in 2006, and he has presented shows at the Teatro Albeniz of Madrid, the Teatro de la Villa de Madrid, and at the Bienal de Flamenco in 2010, where he won the prestigious El Giraldillo Prize for best choreographer.