🔥 Introducing Flamenco Roots: A Contemporary Flamenco Experience 🔥 with Choreographer and Artistic Director Jose Agudo & Guitar composer and producer Ignacio Lusardi.
Are you ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant world of Flamenco dance? Join us for Flamenco Roots, an open-level course that combines the rich traditions of Flamenco with the spirit of contemporary dance.
In this course, participants will delve into the fundamental elements of Flamenco, including rhythm, expressive arm movements, and intricate footwork. Led by renowned instructor Jose, you'll learn traditional Flamenco techniques and explore how they can be seamlessly integrated into contemporary dance styles.
After a dynamic warm-up, participants will have the opportunity to learn Jose's signature repertoire and experiment with the spontaneous aspects of Flamenco. From improvising with rhythmical patterns to exploring expressive movements, you'll have the chance to unleash your creativity and passion for dance.
But Flamenco Roots isn't just about mastering steps – it's about capturing the essence of Flamenco's soul and infusing it with contemporary flair. Get ready to groove to the infectious beats and embrace the warmth of the Flamenco spirit like never before.
Whether you're a seasoned dancer or just starting your journey, Flamenco Roots welcomes all experience levels. Join us and discover the magic of Flamenco dance in a supportive and inspiring environment.
About Jose Agudo:
Jose started his career in Andalusia where he began performing as a Flamenco dancer. Slowly the world of contemporary dance became more visible as he worked throughout Europe performing with Charleroi/Danses, Ballet de Marseille, T.R.A.S.H, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and Akram Khan Company.
As a rehearsal director and assistant choreographer Jose has worked on several creations for Akram Khan Company, including DESH, iTMOi, TOROBAKA, Until the Lions, Chotto Desh, London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony, and Sylvie Guillem’s farewell tour Life in Progress.
In 2011, Jose started to study Kathak under Akram’s guidance. Finding many parallels between this training and his early studies of Flamenco, Jose reconnected with his roots and began to explore traditional forms in a contemporary context. As a result, he created Silk Road (2017), which has toured in 6 countries to date, and Carmen (2020).
Jose’s independent choreographic commissions include Ki for Phoenix Dance Theatre and English National Ballet School; Selah for ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble; A Thousand Shepherds for ACE Dance and Music, later restaged with Cape Dance Company; Arctic for LCDS; Regnum for Festival International de Music y Danza de Granada; Glansvit for Norrdans; Bhaj for SEAD/Bodhi Project; SAM for Area Jeune Ballet; and For You – a film collaboration with London Mozart Players.
In 2019, Jose choreographed the opening ceremony of the Davis Cup by Rakuten in Madrid. He is listed in the new edition of 50 Contemporary Choreographers, an international publication by Routledge. His new production of Carmen will tour in autumn 2021. He is developing a new full-length solo base in Hero With A Thousand Faces.
During 2022 and 2023 Jose embarked on a new adventure diving into the world of musical theatre. First as an Associate Choreographer for Cabaret at the Kit Kat club. Then choreographed the flamenco scene and performed as the character of Rico at Strictly Ballroom the musical by Baz Luhrmann.
About Ignacio Lusardi:
Born in Buenos Aires Ignacio Lusardi Monteverde is a guitarist and music producer based in London.
Musician of the Year Latin UK Awards 2019 winner. Made Doctor of J H Pestalozzi University and Honorary Fellow of the North & Midlands School of Music for his outstanding contribution to world music both as a guitarist and producer.
He has been presented as a soloist guitarist at the Indian National Theatre and Babylon Great Theatre. Produced a wide number of audio recordings that have been released at Nonclassical, First Hands Records, ARC Music, Naxos, Orchid Classics, Pixaudio, Resonus, Brilliant Classics and others. Graduated as Choir Master and has worked in the development of different music festivals such as Ketevan World Sacred Music Festival (India), Babylon Festival (Iraq), London Strings Festival and intensely with several performers of classical and Early Music. Collaborations with the British Museum, Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School, producing also several albums at the iconic Abbey Road Studios and has worked for six years in the Latin American Baroque Festival of Buenos Aires.
Ignacio's performances include collaborations with Ahmed Mukhtar Oud Master, Olcay Bayir, Lux Musicae, Baluji Shrivastav OBE, Eduardo Niebla and live appearances on BBC Radio 3, Mumbai NCPA, London Festival of Baroque Music, St George's Bristol, Stroud Green Festival, Liverpool Early Music Festival and others.