LIST OF PAST FLAMENCO
Directed by Ethan Margolis
Produced by Deborah Lawlor
Starring Carmen Ledesma, José Méndéz, Ethan Margolis, Cihtli Ocampo, Briseyda Zarate
Get ready for a great show as the perennially excellent Ethan Margolis brings incredible talent to our stage. You may notice some new names on the line-up, and you’d be right. Neither Carmen Ledesma nor José Méndéz have graced out stage before. Feel free to take a look at their bios below.
Carmen Ledesma’s performance will celebrate Sevilla’s legacy of female dancers from Pastora Imperio and Matilde Coral to the grassroots pueblo-style dancers of Moron, Utrera and Lebrija. Ledesma’s first teacher was Enrique el Cojo, one of the founders of Seville’s unique style of flamenco dance. And her maestro Pepe Ríos (from Morón de la Frontera, nephew of Diego del Gastor) was a major influence. In the early years of her career, she worked with Antonio Gades at Spain’s National Ballet. In 1983 she was awarded the prestigious Juana la Macarrona prize for dance at Cordoba’s National Flamenco Arts Awards. She later went on to work with such greats as Mario Maya and El Farruco and toured both Spain and France with guitarist Pedro Bacán’s legendary group “The Pinini Clan,” where she danced alongside Concha Vargas.
José Méndez was born into the legendary Méndez clan of Gypsy flamenco singers from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. A direct descendant of La Paquera, he is the grandson of the festero “El Pili” and a cousin of Bay Area favorite, Kina Méndez. A member of Cristina Hoyo’s company for many years, José Méndez has specialized in singing for dancers. He is also an outstanding soloist with a voice that echoes La Paquera.