Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Ojibwe Ballroom of Davies Center
Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company is committed to preserving and innovating flamenco’s unique ethnic and cultural art form for audiences worldwide. Under the artistic direction of Spanish choreographer Juan Siddi, some of flamenco’s most unique and creative musicians, singers and dancers, from Spain and the United States, bring their talent to the stage with world-class performances that inspire audiences with exhilarating passion.
Honored recipient of Santa Fe’s 2011 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts, Siddi and his company have made their mark in the world of flamenco with their unique, world-class artistry. The company has made appearances throughout the Middle East, Europe and the United States, and with their summer seasons in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Flamenco is a genre of music and dance that originated in Andalusia, Spain, in the 18th century, influenced by Gypsy traditions going back to Rajasthan India. The development of flamenco can be traced back to the Middle Ages and the meeting and mixing of several musical traditions in Andalucia where African and Arabic music developed along with the Spanish guitar and its rhythms. During the Spanish Inquisition, groups of persecuted peoples — Romani, Greeks, Visigoths, Moors and Jews — married their songs and dances of exile, despair, suffering, and also hope and celebration, with the ecstatic religious sounds of Andalucian music to produce flamenco, whose essence is duende. Duende’s deep emotion is the ineffable mystery of life in art, song, music and dance.
In November 2010, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) deemed flamenco a cultural treasure on its Intangible Heritage List.
Since 2007, Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company has interpreted flamenco’s depth and passion in highly regarded venues throughout Europe, the Middle East and the United States. It is one of the top flamenco companies in the United States and the only company with a seasonal production in the same theater for nine to 11 weeks annually.
Starting his professional career at the age of 18, Juan Siddi toured for many years with reputable companies throughout Europe before being invited to come to the United States to work with American flamenco icon Maria Benitez and her Teatro Flamenco. In 2008, six years after Siddi began working with Benitez’s company as a dancer, co-choreographer and teacher, Benitez named Siddi as her successor for the popular summer-long seasons in Santa Fe.
"A few years ago, Juan Siddi became the heir apparent to the flamenco legend Maria Benitez," wrote award-winning travel writer Judith Fein of The Huffington Post. “With a bevy of beautiful dancers and singers, top-tier musicians and a brilliant cellist, he has combined flamenco and theatre and created a dazzling, highly imaginative and exciting show that quite literally leaves audiences breathless.”
VENUE INFORMATION + DIRECTIONS
$17 General Public
$15 UW System Faculty/Staff • Age 62 & Over
$ 7 UW System Student • Age 17 & Under
Student tickets are $3.50 until the day of the show
All seats are general admission
Funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Wisconsin Public Radio and WHYS Radio have contributed generous promotional support.