Sunday 8 March 2020
Jesús Olmedo and friends
Jesús Olmedo is an acclaimed flamenco dancer from Madrid. His talent was first noticed when aged only ten he appeared in a show with Mariemma, the famous Spanish classical dancer. He has performed all over the world, including in Madrid at the Teatro Real and the Corral de la Morería. He works with the jazz musician Alec Dankworth and also with the flamenco singer Rut Santamaría in the Spanish Accents flamenco-jazz fusion group. This is the first show by Jesús at the peña for over a decade. Welcome back Jesús!
Doors Open 7pm. Show 7.45pm
Tickets £15 (non-members) £10 (members)
Tickets here: on Eventbrite
Jesús Olmedo & Noelia Valdés – dancers
Adrián Solá – guitar
Rut Santamaría – singer
Pablo Domínguez – percussion
Sunday 19 April 2020
Feria de Abril de Londres
The original Feria de Abril in London! This is our fourth year. Help us re-create Seville’s Feria de Abril here in Pimlico! Join us for an afternoon of festivities to celebrate Spring – suitable for families and children. We have an authentically decorated caseta, traditional food, sevillanas, best costume competition and more. Come dressed for the occasion in your best flamenco outfit! Live sevillanas & rumbas music by Tony el Despinado, Lola Rueda, Anita la Maltesa and Carlos Otero.
Hosted in conjunction with Ilusión Flamenca in collaboration with British Spanish Society.
Doors Open 3.30pm. Finishes 6.30pm.
Tickets £10, £12 and £15 in advance on Eventbrite or £18 on the door.
Sunday 10 May 2020
Jairo Barrull with Anita La Maltesa
Jario Barrull is a gypsy flamenco dancer born in Seville and who grew up in the nearby flamenco town of Morón de la Frontera. Son of a famous dancer, Ramón Barrull, Jairo is the great-great nephew of the legendary guitarist Diego del Gastor. Flamenco has been in his family stretching back generations and he has performed with many great flamenco artists such as Chocolate, Sordera, Aurora Vargas, Antonio el Pipa and Farruco. Jario performed for the Pope at the concert for the beatification of the gypsy cleric Ceferino ‘El Pele’. In demand around the world for his fiery gypsy dance style, he has been a very popular performer at previous peña shows.
Appearing with Jairo in this show is Anita la Maltesa. Of Maltese origin, Anita lived for several years in Seville, where she learned from legendary dancers Juana Amaya, Matilde Coral and La Tona. She works with the flamenco guitarist, Ramón Ruíz in the Fiesta Flamenca group and once appeared at the Royal Opera House in Bizet’s Carmen. Anita is also a flamenco teacher and a fine singer of Spanish songs, rumbas and sevillanas.
Doors Open 7.00pm. Show 7.45pm.
Tickets Non-Members £15 (Non-Member) Members £12.
Tickets here: on Eventbrite
Guide to Performing at the Peña
Please read this if you are performing with us. We welcome students of flamenco of all levels as well as professionals at our Juerga and homenaje shows. Please contact our Event Co-ordinator Caroline Wolff on 0208 208 1487 or email email@example.com to discuss your performance.
All dance performers are required to use the Peña’s dance floor (our tablao), which is a high-quality wooden floor laid over the stage of the hall. The dance floor measures 10’ x 8 ‘ (3 m x 2.5 m) and is raised 1.5 in (4 cm) above the stage with a shallow bevelled edge of about 8 in (20 cm).
Performers should arrive between 5.45pm and 6.30pm. All rehearsals on stage should be short, to test the stage, not full performance run throughs. There is a smaller hall at the back of the ‘green room’ to continue rehearsal after 6.45pm when the stage is cleared ready for the audience. All sound checks finish by 6.45pm. For Juerga’s a professional guitarist and singer are provided by the Peña but if you are coming alone, not with your teacher, you should let us know what you want the professionals to play. Or you can bring your own recorded music. If you are bringing your own recorded music to dance to please bring it on a USB memory stick as an MP3 file or on a CD if you can please. We cannot guarantee to play your music from your personal mobile phone which might not work with our sound system.
We use a mixing desk, high quality wired microphones, speakers and fixed lighting. If you are playing guitar, cajón or are singing at the peña please let Caroline know about any additional equipment you will be brining with you. We employ a Spanish professional sound engineer (usually Álvaro or Javier) who will be happy to help you if you give notice to us of special requirements.
Non-member student Juerga performers pay a performance fee of £5 instead of the full entry ticket price. Performers should pay before going on stage. If you have guests or family with you, it is best for them to arrive when the doors open at 7pm rather than sit in the hall, and they will need to pay the full door price. Only professionals can have names on the guest list. Please show respect and support to other performers and do not talk in the hall after your performance and please don’t leave the hall while other performers are on stage. It would be great if you could help us clear the hall and put litter in the bins after the show. Above all, have fun!