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May 18, 2022

Flamenco dancing in its natural condition: José Maya and Belén López

The historic tablao of Las Ramblas in Barcelona hosts a flamenco show of international standing until 2 May. The pure flamenco dance returns to Barcelona, cradle of great artists and a cultural epicentre of this art declared World Heritage. José Maya and Belén López at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes.

May 18
Tablao Flamenco Cordobes

José Maya and Belén López

The pure flamenco dance returns to Barcelona, cradle of great artists and a cultural epicentre of this art declared World Heritage. Tablao Flamenco Cordobes, the historic venue located in Las Ramblas in Barcelona since 1970, will bring together on its stage a cast of international stature and headed by the dancer José Maya and the dancers Belén López and Sara Barrero until next May 2. The cante will be accompanied by the well-known voice of María del Mar Fernández along with the cantaores Luis El Granaino, Juan Manzano El Coco, Antonio Campos Bocaillo, Manuel Tañé and Rafael Jiménez El Chispas and the guitarists David Cerreduela, Israel Cerreduela and Tuto Fernández.  


José Maya is a dancer born in Madrid in the bosom of a gypsy family of artists, painters, actors and writers. At the age of nine he began his career as a bailaor and since then he has not stopped growing in his artistic career. José Maya has shared the stage and collaborated with artists of the stature of Antonio Canales, Farruquito, Ketama, Enrique Morente, Rafael Amargo and Güito among others and has been the opening act for world artists such as Beyoncé, Björk and Marc Antonhy. Among all the prizes collected throughout his career is the Pavón Cup Prize or Best Dancer in the Choreography Contest of the Albéniz Theatre in Madrid. He has also presented his own shows such as “El velero de las rosas”, “Grito”, “Maya”, “Tengo El Compás” or “Latente” in theatres and festivals all over the world such as the Festival Flamenco de Jerez, Festival Suma Flamenca, Festival Internacional de Albuquerque, Teatro Skirball Center in New York, Festival Internacional de Percusión in Montreal, Festival Flamenco de La Villete in Paris or at the Teatro Le Palace in the French capital. 


Along with José Maya will be the Catalan dancer Belén López, who was born in Tarragona and began her studies at the age of eleven at the Conservatory of Dance in Madrid, a training that she applies to her flamenco dance without losing an iota of authenticity and aesthetics. From a Cordovan mother and a Sevillian father, she began her artistic career at a very young age dancing at the inauguration of Calle Carmen Amaya in Barcelona. Among the awards obtained by Belén López are the Revelation Artist Prize 2005, the National Flamenco Prize and the Desplante Prize. During her career she has shared the stage with great international artists such as Antonio Canales, Jesús Carmona and Farru, among others. She has performed in many places in Spain and abroad. 


The dance will also be Sara Barrero, a regular dancer in Tablao Flamenco Cordobes who starts her professional career at the age of 16. Sara Barrero has danced in numerous national and international festivals such as the flamenco events of Paris, Marseille, Lyon or Nimes in France or the US Flamenco Festival among many others and has shared the stage with artists such as Belén Maya, Fernando Terremoto or Eva Yerbabuena.  On the tablao will also be the cantaora María del Mar Fernández, an artist born in Cádiz who after her experience and national successes conquered the Indian audience in 2011 with her song “Señorita”, the main theme of Bollywood’s success in Spain “Hacer Vidas una vez (ZNMD)”.   María del Mar Fernández released her first solo album “A Woman Cadiz Bollywood” in 2013. 



Flamenco Tablao Cordobes Barcelona

Founded in 1970 by a family of artists (Luis Adame and Irene Alba), Tablao Flamenco Cordobes was characterized since its inception by the high quality of its artists (Camarón de la Isla, Farruco, Tomatito or Bambino are just some of the names that passed through the stage of La Rambla during these early years). Tablao Flamenco Cordobes has become a reference point for flamenco culture in Barcelona. Both artists and amateurs know the level of their tablas and nowadays it is one of the epicentres of flamenco. With the celebration of its 40th anniversary in 2010, the Fundación Tablao Flamenco Cordobés was created with the aim of revaluing the foundations of flamenco culture, something that demonstrates the continuous evolution of an artistic space that is already preparing its 50th anniversary for the year 2020. 



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