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Flamenco Express @ Upstairs at the Ritzy with Adrián Brenes

Upstairs at the Ritzy Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London, UK

June 2014 can mean only one thing, another flamenco showdown at the Ritzy. Joining La Joaquina, Chris Clavo and Javier Macias is one of the most dynamic dancers to hit Madrid this decade, Adrián Brenes. Leave the miseries of the World Cup behind. With Flamenco Express everyone’s a winner and there are no penalties.

Adrián Brenes
Born in the Province of Cadiz, Adrián has performed in many major peñas flamencas and other venues. In 2011 he collaborated with Milagros Ventura in 'Cositas Navideñas, 'De Ida y Vuelta, 'De Lunares' and 'Vivencias'. In 2012, Adrián made his debut as actor and director in the world's first flamenco production of William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', working with Jackie Cornwall. Later that year, Adrián formed part of the chorus in a new production, '1812. Viva la Pepa' by the well-known pianist Manolo Carrasco, which enjoyed great success in Cádiz and Seville. We can expect to see a good deal more of this young performer in the future. And you saw him first here.

La Joaquina
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. ‘..utterly riveting variations of firecracker beats…tumultuous fervour ..indelible gracefulness.’ - The Stage

Chris Clavo
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.
"Two amazing guitar solos from Chris Clavo and Jesus Alvarez made string instruments sing with impossible precision. " - Staffordshire Post.

Javier Macías
From San Roque (Cadiz) into a family in which this flamenco is way of life, Javier learned his art from a very early age. He has performed in Sevilla, Granada and Jerez de la Frontera since he was a child. And has performed extensively in Europe, participating in different projects including Café de Silverio, Trovador, La Tipica Flamenco Company and with The Royal Shakespeare Company in Cardenio.

“This feisty company delivers the finest in flamenco, plus sizzling soloist La Joaquina” Time Out

“What was surprising, however, was the sheer power and energy displayed by the dancers during this vibrant celebration of Spanish culture. Forget the sterile, regimented flamenco so often served up to tourists: this was the real thing, and to say that it packed a punch is an understatement” South Wales Evening Post.

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