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July 27, 2013

Curro de Candela

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Curro de Candela is the youngest representative of the dynasty of artists initiated by José Greco. A multifaceted artist who trained in classical, flamenco and contemporary dance at the hand of prestigious teachers.

At seventeen, he joined Joaquín Cortés’ company and continued his training in classical and contemporary dance. Two years later, he starts dancing in Madrid’s best flamenco tablaos until Antonio Reyes invites him to join his company as principal dancer, which takes him on tour. He has also danced as a guest artist with María Juncal’s flamenco dance company.

The Cuban choreographer René de Cardenas invited Curro de Candela to participate in the staging of the work “Sonlar”; thus, he began arduous training with the National Ballet of Cuba that culminated, after months of intense and elaborate work, with the successful premier in Madrid, followed by a tour in Cuba. Thus, Curro spent long months on the island, continuing his training in classical and contemporary dance and getting familiar with Afro-Cuban rhythms and dances.

On his return to Spain, he is invited as guest artist in Cristóbal Reyes’ dance company and does for them choreographic works and musical arrangements. Shortly afterwards, he dances at the “Festival de Las Minas” delighting the flamenco purists.

At age 22, he mounted his own flamenco show that premiered at the Casino of Aranjuez and that led him to tour Italy. Gradually he began to experiment, introducing innovative and cutting edge elements to his show until he incorporated a Cuban dancer and Afro Cuban rhythms to give life to a new show “Afrogitano” which premiered at the Beirut Casino.

In 2011, he participated in the 6th Festival Suma Flamenca of Madrid, obtaining a great success among the public and the critic.


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