Farruquito at Bay Area Flamenco Festival
World-renowned dancer Farruquito performs at the Palace of Fine Arts in a triumphant return to the U.S. after more than a decade.
The 11th annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival features world-renowned dancer Farruquito in his triumphant return to U.S. after more than a decade. Considered the greatest Flamenco dancer of his generation and widely acclaimed by the international press, including The New York Times, Farruquito’s latest production, Improvisao, celebrates the essence of Flamenco.
The electrifying chemistry between the 9 dancers and musicians on stage is their inspiration and, shedding all artifice, they rely on improvisation to create an intimate and visceral encounter with the audience. Vocals, guitar and dance are fused with complete freedom, creating a unique performance every night and a context for the miracle of the duende.
Born into Spain’s “first family of Gypsy flamenco dance,” Farruquito made his Broadway stage debut at age five alongside his grandfather, the legendary dancer Farruco. He starred in Carlos Saura’s film Flamenco at age eight, and was directing his own shows by fifteen. In the ensuing years this vibrant young artist has garnered world-wide recognition at the highest level as he continues to deepen his personal approach to Flamenco, bringing his family’s dance legacy firmly into the 21st century.
Joining Farruquiito is guest dancer Gema Moneo –a rising star who has caught the eye of the world’s most demanding Flamenco enthusiasts, born into the legendary Moneo clan of Gypsy Flamenco singers and guitarists in Jerez de la Frontera, and the niece of late singer El Torta. Her strong intuitive dancing expresses all the emotion of the cante jondo.