Sunday 10 December
A big show with big names. Our Peña Christmas flamenco shows are such great fun. This year we have Anita la Maltesa headlining a great group with superb flamenco talent coming over from Spain. Great festive ambiente, great jaleo and really great flamenco. Anita la Maltesa, Rubén García, Ramón Ruíz, Juan el Juana and Sebastián Ruíz. Not to be missed!
Tickets on Eventbrite
Anita la Maltesa is a popular flamenco dancer and teacher based in the UK. She lived and performed in Spain for many years, learning technique from Matilde de Coral and Juana Amaya. Anita is part of the Fiesta Flamenca group with Ramón Ruíz and has appeared on many major stages including in Carmen at the Royal Opera House.
Rubén García is young dancer from Albacete and currently based in Seville. In 2019 he won the Manolo Soler Flamenco Dance Talent contest at the Cristina Heeren Flamenco Foundation, judged by world famous flamenco dancers Milagros Menjíbar and Javier Barón. He works extensively in flamenco venues across Andalucía.
Juan el Juana is a fine flamenco singer currently based in Seville who has also lived and performed in Madrid for many years. He’s originally from Zaragoza from an Andalucian family and studied at the prestigious Cristina Heeren Flamenco Foundation in Seville. He sings with many of Seville’s great flamenco artists, often appearing at La Madriguera flamenco tablao.
Ramón Ruíz is a highly regarded flamenco guitarist from Granada and well known on the London music scene. He started his career at the Los Gallos flamenco tablao in Seville working alongside dancers such as Israel Galván. He has preformed at all the major concert houses in London and is a regular on BBC Radio 3. Ramón has many flamenco recordings to his name, including fusions with jazz, Arabic and Latin music as well as pure flamenco guitar.
Sebastián Ruíz is a young flamenco percussionist who has appeared at the Castanights at Jazz Cafe.
Performers and Members £5. General Entry Price £12
Performers – bring your friends and family!
Juergas: A Guide to Performing at the Peña
We hold Juergas twice a year for teachers, students and individuals to get a chance to get onto stage and perform. Here is what to expect when you come to perform at the Peña:
Please read this if you are performing at Peña Flamenca de Londres. 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.
Stage: 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. This protects the stage. 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). No chalk/resin covering. There is fixed lighting on the stage. It is quite bright so you often cannot see the audience while you dance – but you will hear them shouting encouragement and clapping!
Timing: 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 please. 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.
Music: 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 can play music from your personal mobile phone but you must check with us beforehand that we can plug it into our sound desk. We employ a professional sound engineer who will help you but he/she will need to text your music beforehand to make sure it works. The sound engineer will need to know how to use your phone/music.
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 Javier, Rodrigo or Andrés) who will be happy to help you if you give notice to us of special requirements.
Show Times: Doors open at 7.00 p.m. for tapas and refreshments. Show starts 7.45 p.m.
Performance Fees: Non-member student Juerga performers pay a performance fee of £5 instead of the full entry ticket price. If you have guests or family with you, can they please arrive when the doors open at 7pm, rather than sit in the hall while you rehearse. Please can you ask your friends/family to pay for entry at the door. Please show respect and support to other performers during the show and do not talk in the hall after your own performance and please, please don’t leave the hall while other performers are on stage because it is rude and puts them off performing. Finally, we are club and it would be great if you could help us clear the hall and put litter in the bins after the show.
Photos: We take photos of the performance to promote the peña and you can see them on our photographer’s web site here: Steve’s Flamenco Photos
Please promote the Peña Flamenca de Londres on Instagram and Facebook. Sorry, no wi-fi.
Above all, have fun and enjoy your moment in the spotlight!