Hackney Attic, London - 14th September - Special guests: Emilio Ochando, & Javier Macias
270 Mare Street, London E8 1HE £10/£8 Box: 020 7253 4443
Melbourne Festival, London - 20th September - Special guests: Emilio Ochando & Antonio 'El Pola
Melbourne Assembly Rooms, High Street, Melbourne, DE73 8GJ £10 Box: 07765 819428
The Bussey Building, Peckham - 21st September - Special guests: Emilio Ochando, Antonio 'El Pola' & Natalia Garcia Huidobro
133 Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST £10.00 Reservations: 0207 732 8493
The Ritzy, Brixton - 25th September - Special guests: Emilio Ochando & Antonio 'El Pola' & Natalia Garcia Huidobro
Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London SW2 1JG £10.00/£8.00 Reservations: 0207 732 8493
The Elgar Room @ The RAH - 28th September - Special guests: Emilio Ochando & Antonio 'El Pola'
Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 2AP £15.28 Box: 0845 401 5019
Emilio Ochando - Flamenco Dancer and Choreographer
Born in Valencia in 1984, he began studying dance at 9 years of age with teachers Martín Vargas and Jose Porcel. In late 1995 he joined the National Ballet of Spain in their production of 'Medea' sharing the stage with Lola Greco, Antonio Marquez and Luis Ortega among others. He moved to Madrid in 2001 to study and perform with with Manuel Reyes, Domingo Ortega and La China and in 2004 he joined the company of Domingo Ortega collaborating on the show 'Orpheus' on tour in Japan & USA. In 2006 he joined the New Spanish Ballet Company directed by Miguel Ángel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez touring Europe, Asia and the Americas and including a performance at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
Since 2007 he has performed with many dancers and choreographers such as Rafael Aguilar for the shows 'Carmen' and 'Bolero Flamenco, and as a soloist with Aida Gomez. In 2013 he won first prize at the III International Dance Festival in Almería and has recently formed his own company in Madrid which has just opened its second show 3DEUNO.
Antonio 'El Pola' - Singer
Known for his extensive knowledge of flamenco history, his musical ability and his dedication to the 'pure' art form he has close ties with patriarchs of the Andalusian flamenco community. Born in the small village of Cañada Rosal in the province of Sevilla, his exposure to flamenco started as a small child, when his father took him to the local peñas (flamenco venues). By age of 10, El Pola was playing guitar and singing traditional flamenco. Moving to Sevilla in 2001, he toured with Concha Vargas, Antonio Moya, and Inéz Bacan and sang in La Carbonería alongside Gaspar Utrera and Juan del Gastor. He has also worked with Juana Amaya, Joselito Fernandez, Miguel 'El Funi'and brothers Paco and Juan del Gastor.
In the summer of 2003 he wrote and recorded 'Tierra de Esperanza' accompanied by Antonio Moya on guitar and was commissioned by the University of Sevilla to present his work throughout Andalucía, sharing the stage with Ines Bacan and Gaspar de Utrera.
Since then, he has been touring Japan, Ecuador, Finland, and the United States. He works frequently with Juan del Gastor in Sevilla, and at El Corral de la Morería, Cardamomo, and other top Madrid venues .
Natalia Garcia Huidobro - Flamenco Dancer
A popular guest at the legendary Café de tablaos Chinitas, Las Carbonera and El Corral de la Morería, and performed with the Compañía de Juan Antonio de los Reyes (Lutraki, Greece), flamenco quartet Mura in Japan and “Bailando sobre la lluvia”, by Manolo Punto.
A regular of Flamenco Express tours, featuring in ‘Iron in the Soul’ as part of BigDance2012.
From San Roque (Cadiz) he has performed in Sevilla, Granada and Jerez de la Frontera since he was a child and extensively in Europe, participating in different projects including Café de Silverio, Trovador, La Tipica Flamenco Company and with The Royal Shakespeare Company in Cardenio.
Chris Clavo - Guitarist
A founder member and musical director of Flamenco Express, he began playing the guitar at fourteen years old and later studied with flamenco maestros Carlos Heredia, Diego Amaya and Pepe Justicia. He has performed throughout Britain and Europe with Flamenco Express as well as touring with flamenco jazz virtuoso Eduardo Niebla and Iraqi pop sensation Jassim.
La Joaquina - Flamenco Dancer
Founder member, choreographer and director of Flamenco Express. She has worked with Christina Hoyos, Paco Peña and others in Madrid, Tokyo, New York, Montreal, Toronto, Paris and throughout Europe. Recent Collaborations have included ‘Spaces in Between’ 2007 - Royal Festival Hall Re-opening celebrations with Athina Valha and Candoco. Principle soloist ‘Splinter In The Flesh’ with the Hellenic National Dance Company at the Athens Megaron