Stunning Alma de Mujer Flamenco Production will take Place at the Guadalupe Theater
Stunning Alma de Mujer Flamenco Production With Special Guests: Flamenco Dancer, Genevieve Guinn & San Antonio’s Voice of Flamenco, Chayito Champion takes place Friday & Saturday, September 7 & 8 at 8:00pm at the Guadalupe Theater 1301 Guadalupe Street, San Antonio, TX 78207
The Guadalupe Dance Company celebrates its 27th Anniversary by presenting the beauty and strength of the female soul expressed through the powerful music and dance of Flamenco in the stunning Alma de Mujer. This long-standing annual flamenco presentation takes place on Friday and Saturday, September 7 & 8, 2018, at 8:00pm at the historic Guadalupe Theater located on San Antonio’s westside and features special internationally recognized female performers.
“The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center embodies and nurtures the spirit of mujeres in our community and our organization; currently we are a heavily female-led institution,” said Cristina Ballí, Executive Director. “We are proud of this decade-long tradition where the Guadalupe Dance Company showcases the souls of our seasoned dancers.”
Alma de Mujer will treat audiences to the beauty, grace and fluidity that are the rich traditions of the Guadalupe Dance Company led by dancers with over 25 years of experience in the cultural performing arts. For this show, Company dancers undergwent intensive training with world-renowned choreographer Miguel Vargas, of Seville, Spain, director of the Centro de Arte y Flamenco de Sevilla.
In addition to the new provocative choreographies by Vargas that include Tarantos, Tangos, Solea por Bulerias and Garrotin, the company will also present the works of resident choreographers Denise Rios, Belinda Menchaca and Jeannette Chavez. Based on real personal experiences of the Company members themselves, and through true artistic collaboration, this year’s Alma de Mujer bares the raw emotions that arise from the challenges, trauma, triumphs, and sisterhood of our women.
Adding to the fiery presentation will be special guest dancer, Genevieve Guinn, who lights up the stage with her seductive artistic interpretations. She may be recognized from her appearance on the first season of Jennifer Lopez’s hit TV series World of Dance. Originally from Austin, Texas, Guinn began her dancing career in 1993 with Sylvia Keprta, responsible for igniting Genevieve’s passion for Flamenco. After studying locally for 6 years, Genevieve moved to Spain where she studied with world renowned flamenco artists like Cristobal Reyes, Jose Maya, Alfonso Losa, and Maria Juncal. She performed regularly at respected tablaos in Madrid including Al-Andalus and Tablao Las Carboneras in Madrid and as a company member with “Compañía Maria Juncal”. In 2003 she was chosen as an apprentice for the “Gitana Cortés Company” under the direction of Joaquín Cortés. She has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Spain, and Mexico sharing the stage with artists such as “La Tati”, “La Truco”, Carmela Greco, and Genara Cortes.
Sharing her heart-rending voice will be San Antonio’s voice of Flamenco, Chayito Champion, who has worked closely Company dancers for over a decade. Over the past ten years, the popular show has evolved to include a variety of Flamenco expressions that include both new and traditional music and movement. This year is no exception.
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Tickets for Alma de Mujer are $10 – $25 and can be purchased Monday – Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm at the Guadalupe offices, 723 S. Brazos Street, or by calling (210) 271-3151. For more information, go to www.guadalupeculturalarts.org.
Originally from Austin, Texas, Genevieve Guinn began her dancing career in 1993 with Sylvia Keprta, responsible for igniting Genevieve’s passion for Flamenco. After studying locally for 6 years, Genevieve moved to Spain where she studied with world renowned flamenco artists like Cristobal Reyes, Jose Maya, Alfonso Losa, and Maria Juncal. She performed regularly at respected tablaos in Madrid including Al-Andalus and Tablao Las Carboneras in Madrid and as a company member with “Compañía Maria Juncal“. In 2003 she was chosen as an apprentice for the “Gitana Cortés Company” under the direction of Joaquín Cortés. In 2004 Genoveva was invited to teach in Taipei,Taiwan at the International Dance Conference. 2005 saw Genevieve perform as a soloist at Gitanerías in Mexico City.
Genevieve has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Spain, and Mexico and shared the stage with artists such as “La Tati”, “La Truco”, Carmela Greco, and Genara Cortes.
Flamenco singer Chayito Champion began singing at an early age carrying the legacy of her family of flamenco artists. She is in high demand both nationally and internationally, always captivating her audiences with her heartfelt and passionate performances. Chayito says “I don’t remember when I started to sing it was like walking and talking I just did it.”
Her recent engagements include such prestigious venues as Repertorio Español, Thalia Theatre, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City. She is currently the Flamenco singer for Jácome Flamenco and Carlota Santana Flamenco Vivo. Chayito recently recorded 2 Albums Asi soy Yo and Levanto. In 1978 she was given the name Gitana Americana by the late Antonio Montoya, El Farruco, who was traveling with his son, Farruquito, and Chayito’s father, El Curro, as part of Jose Greco’s flamenco company.
She has toured the world with such artists as the late Jose Greco, Antonio Vargas, Teo Morca, Antonio Vargas and Pilar Rioja, Luis Montero, and Antonio Hidalgo with Carlota Santana Dance Co. to name a few. Some highlights of her career include H.O.L.A. Award and A.C.E. Latinos Critics Award in 2003 in New York City as well as Prime Minister of Shri Lanka’s ambassador’s award in 2004. Chayito wants to thank her parents for the wonderful gift of flamenco! She always remembers her father’s words, “Live flamenco!” – and so she does.