Reencuentro Flamenco! – SOLD OUT: Members and Guests Pay at the Door
Sunday 12 December
The stars align for our Christmas flamenco reunion – Reencuentro Flamenco! The Peña’s favourite flamencos gather together for our big Christmas gala.
Dance legend Felipe de Algeciras returns from Spain with acclaimed singer Juan el Juana, together with the UK’s leading flamenco guitarist Ramón Ruíz and magical dancers Anita la Maltesa and Alba Heredia Villalobos. A show not to be missed!
Doors Open 7pm Show at 7.30.
Peña Flamenca de Londres, Church Hall of the Holy Apostles, Cumberland Street, London SW1V 4LY
Reencuentro Flamenco Line-Up
Felipe de Algeciras started his dance career with the prestigious flamenco troupe Soleá, working at festivals across Andalucía . He first performed in London in the 1990s, appearing on the stage of many West End theatres. His incredible footwork can be heard on the soundtrack of the hit film, The Mask of Zorro. For a number of years Felipe ran the Costa Dorada flamenco nightclub in London before returning to Spain just over a decade ago where he runs a major flamenco dance school.
Juan el Juana is fine flamenco singer currently living in Seville, who has lived and worked in Madrid and Germany for many years. He’s from Zaragoza but from an Andalucian family and is studying at the prestigious Cristina Heeren Flamenco Foundation in Sevilla. 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 a few weeks ago appeared live 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.
Anita la Maltesa is a 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 Flamenco grup with Ramón Ruíz and has appeared in many shows including Carmen at the Royal Opera House.
Alba Heredia Villalobos is a young up-and-coming flamenco dancer from a family of flamencos: her mother is the singer Jasmine Villalobos and her father the guitarist Tito Heredia. Alba has studied at La Escuela de Baile and Centro de Baile in Jerez with Spain’s top teachers: Manuel Liñan, Rafaela Carrasco, Olga Pericet and Javier Latorre.
Our Venue. The Peña Flamenca de Londres is hosted at the Church Hall of the Holy Apostles in Pimlico. It is a large and ventilated hall with well-spaced seating around well-distanced tables accommodating small groups, couples or singles. The venue has level access and diabled toilets. See how to get there here.
Can we draw your attention to our Covid-19 policy. In accordance with government guidance:
- Do not attend the concert if you or members of your household or close contacts have any COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus in the last 10 days.
- We encourage those attending the show to have carried out covid-19 lateral flow test in the previous 48 hours before the show with a negative result.
- We encourage you to have been fully vaccinated against Covid19, including a booster dose if you are eligible to have received it.
- We encourage you to wear a mask or face covering when moving around the hall and at the bar.
- Our venue hosts will be maintaining regular cleaning and sanitation of the building. Hand sanitiser will be available at the ticket desk.
- The advertised performers may change if they are affected by Covid19 travel restrictions or test positive for coronavirus.
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation here and look forward to welcoming you to the Peña.
Cuadro Flamenco de Jerez Online Show
Our first on-line event! Something we did in lockdown!
If you join or renew your membership of the peña here you can see the show from May.
Note: will need to register with Youtube/Google to access this link to see the video.
Peña Flamenca de Londres presents a special performance by Cuadro Flamenco de Jerez direct from Jerez de la Frontera in Spain. Marta de Troya, baile, Tamara Tañe, cante and Pascual de Lorca, guitarra. In collaboration with Academía de Baile in Jerez.
Please join or renew your membership at www.flamenco-london.org.uk to help keep flamenco alive and enable us to put on further shows. This is the first show we have broadcast online pending our hopeful return to live performances in our Pimlico venue in London.
Marta de Troya (Marta de Mancera) is a bailaora from Jerez de la Frontera. She has worked in some of the best companies in Spain including Antonio El Pipa. She is first dancer of Joaquin Grilo’s Company in Jerez and has danced and taught all over the world.
Tamara Tañe was born in one of the most flamenco neighborhoods of Jerez, La Plazuela and grew up singing cante flamenco. She is from well-known families of flamenco artists, the Carpios and the Moneos. She has worked with the dance companies of Rafael Amargo, Mario Maya and Rocío Molina. Tamara is the winner of numerous prizes for her singing of bulerías and has recorded several albums of cante.
Pascual de Lorca is an accomplished guitarist and winner of the guitar prize at the Las Minas flamenco festival. He recently won acclaim for his Puro Sueño album. He has worked with dancers Joaquín Grilo, Domingo Ortega and Manuel Marín as well as with many great flamenco singers such as Chano Lobato, Manuel Soto ‘Sordera’, Rancapino and El Lebrijano. For ten years he has been a member of the Antonio el Pipa group.
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!