11th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival presents
FARRUQUITO In “IMPROVISAO”
Tue. March 1, 8 pm
Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
“Farruquito is one the greatest flamenco dancers of the century”– New York Times
Farruquito makes his triumphant return to US after more than a decade with a new show, Improvisao, a return to the essence of flamenco: where the artists shed all artifice, relying on improvisation to create an intimate and visceral encounter with the audience. The electrifying chemistry between the artists is their inspiration. Vocals, guitar and dance are fused with complete freedom, creating an utterly unique performance every night and a context for the miracle of the duende. Joining Farruquito is special guest dancer, Gema Moneo.
From Spain’s Los Farruco dynasty, Juan Manuel Fernández Montoya ‘Farruquito’ is the reigning patriarch of the first family of Gypsy flamenco dance. The son of flamenco singer Juan Fernández Flores, ‘El Moreno’ and dancer Rosario Montoya Manzano, ‘La Farruca’, Farruquito is the chief proponent of the unique dancing style founded by his legendary grandfather, ‘Farrucco’. Throughout his life he has been immersed in the culture of Gypsy flamenco and grew up dancing in family gatherings, weddings and baptisms. He made his Broadway stage debut at age five, starred in Carlos Saura’s film Flamenco at twelve, and was directing his own shows by fifteen. He is the embodiment of flamenco puro.
“With the power and purity of his technique and the magic of his brooding presence, Farruquito is nothing less than sensational. The speed of his stamped rhythms is complex and phenomenal, no less so his spins and interpolations.” — New York Times, Anna Kisselgoff