Flamenco artists from tablao flamenco in Seville
The essence of any show is the artists and in flamenco it was not going to be less. The flamenco artists that every day give life to our show “Seducción flamenca” have their own path, some even outside the country.
In each show, all of them meet to share their knowledge and decide what the tone of the next show will be, although the truth is that most of the time they go on stage without knowing what is going to happen, which flamenco styles are going to be danced on the stage. Thanks to this improvisation, our flamenco artists can let themselves be carried away by their feelings and transmit to the spectator such personal sensations as pain, joy, love and even anger.
Would you like to get to know some of the six artists who give life to Cuna del Flamenco? Keep reading, you will be surprised.
Marisa Risu, flamenco dancer in Seville
Marisa is one of our flamenco dancers. Although she has always been linked to dancing, the truth is that she started with classical dance in her native country, Greece. When she was six years old her father put her in the film Carmen, by Carlos Saura, and she was dazzled. “My mother knew that I would dedicate myself to flamenco, she always encouraged me to sign up for classes, although at first I didn’t pay much attention to it”, Marisa states.
In fact, although she tried other styles, she always ended up returning to classical ballet, from which she learned discipline and respect for what she was doing. “My dance teacher was of a high level and taught me to give dance its rightful place, making it something serious. Her greatest legacy was to demand and not conform.
However, one day when she was studying Psychology (whose title he holds) she met flamenco again and could not be separated from it. “It became an obsession, I rehearsed for many hours and spent my free time in front of the mirror, listening to flamenco”. Risu felt how this art became part of what she was and wanted to learn everything. In fact, she would loop cantes with a 12 beat rhythm, one of the most common in flamenco. “At first I didn’t understand this rhythm and I used Vicente Amigo and Camarón to listen to me“.
I really like the soleá por bulería, although I’m getting used to the seguiriya: the more I dance it, the more I like it.
After many years of work, effort and some moves, Marisa Risu is now a consolidated flamenco dancer. And as a good flamenco dancer, she does not forget her mentors and great references. “Andrés Martín taught me to understand flamenco, to see it beyond a dance. Her ability to play with the tempos, to go from one palo to another without you realising…all that fascinates me”, explains Marisa.
- Name: Marisa Risu.
- Origin: Greece.
- Profession: flamenco dancer.
- Curious fact: when she arrived in Spain she didn’t know how to speak the language and signed up for both flamenco and Spanish classes. Her dance teacher gave him directions, but she didn’t understand them until she corrected her with her hands.
Lucas Ortega, flamenco singer in Seville
Lucas Ortega is a young flamenco singer who was born in the Macarena neighbourhood in Seville. Son and grandson of Luis Ángel Ortega León and Luis Ortega Brú, well known sculptors and image makers, he knew since he was a child that he was going to be an artist, although he was not clear about how or in what.
His passion for music has always accompanied him, although it was during his adolescence when he began to develop a closer interest in flamenco. “In my family there has always been an interest in flamenco, although we were more interested in jondo, a deeper flamenco“, explains Lucas.
I have been very lucky, I have always devoted myself to flamenco, I have not had to look for another alternative.
In the beginning, Lucas Ortega decided to take his guitar and start “making music”. However, his guitar teacher saw in him something that made him take a radical turn in his artistic career.
“When I was 18 I was at a party with my teacher and I picked up the guitar and started playing. When I finished, he came up to me and said “Lucas, do better on the vocals”. It was a blow to me and it was hard for me to fit in, but I trusted his criteria and that’s what I did”, says Ortega with a half smile.
After getting over it, he got up and joined the Esperanza Fernández Academy, where he spent five years, the last three combining classes with shows where he worked as a flamenco vocalist.
“After my time with Esperanza, I spent five years with El Lebrijano, who I consider my great reference. I also shared the stage with the flamenco dancer Carmen Ledesma, another great artist from whom I learned a lot”, says Lucas proudly.
During the shows, this young flamenco singer lets himself be carried away by improvisation, something he considers essential in this profession. “I follow the musical canons of knowing where I have to start and finish, but I am pure improvisation when I sing. The fact that not everything is always the same is one of the most beautiful things about this art. Sometimes I even test myself on the same stage”.
Lucas Ortega confesses that he is passionate about the soleá, one of the most popular flamenco forms and considered the “mother of flamenco”.
- Name: Lucas Ortega.
- Origin: Seville.
- Profession: flamenco singer.
- Curious fact: it was very difficult for him to change the register, from playing the guitar to singing. When he was learning with El Lebrijano, he spent three months without a voice, but once he understood what his teacher wanted to transmit to him, he began to free himself.
Antonio Corral, flamenco dancer in Seville
Antonio Corral is one of the most outstanding flamenco dancers from Cuna del Flamenco. He began his passion for dancing at the Barcelona Conservatory of Dance, where he studied folklore, classical and contemporary dance, the bolero school and flamenco, the latter being the one that has marked his professional career.
In fact, it is clear to him that he could not dedicate himself to anything else but flamenco. “My mother says I’ve been moving my hands in a flamenco way since I was a baby. Moreover, I have two brothers who are dancers, so this feeling is in our blood”, says Corral.
Antonio Corral is an all-round artist, who has not stopped since he left the academy, dancing and learning from the greats. He has shared the stage with different companies and has performed in numerous flamenco tablaos in Spain.
I love tarantos, with them I can let go and break with this linear style that defines me.
“I started dancing in flamenco clubs until my sister and her partner started a company, and that’s when we used to go bowling in hotels. I started very young to dance in El Palacio del Flamenco, a tablao in Barcelona, with Karime Amaya and other partners of this stature. I also went to the Ballet de Murcia, with which I toured several countries such as China and France, and I even danced zarzuela in a lyrical company in Madrid”, says this flamenco dancer.
What seems clear is that Corral has always danced and that he found his great passion and profession in flamenco. His training in the lyric has made him, as he defines himself, a “somewhat linear dancer”.
That’s why one of his favourite flamenco palos is the taranto. “It’s a palo that I think is very earthy and ends up in tangos, something I love, as I throw myself and break with that linear style”.
- Name: Antonio Corral
- Origin: Barcelona
- Profession: flamenco dancer
- Curious fact: Antonio has always dreamed of dedicating himself fully to flamenco. That’s why he would like to have his own company, with which he would travel to different places showing the enormity of the flamenco art.
If you want to get to know these artists and others, after each flamenco show you can chat with them and have your photo taken.
Come to any of our shows. We are waiting for you!