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Rising star Patricia Guerrero is taking the flamenco world by storm and is one of the most innovative dancers of her generation. This Canadian premiere delivers an original and passionate performance of dance, guitar and song. The evening pays tribute to flamenco’s roots while exploring fresh and contemporary approaches to this dynamic form of dance.
Produced with the support of the Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council
At only 27 years of age, Patricia Guerrero a rising star hailing from a flamenco family in Granada, Spain. Dancing professionally since the age of 15, her remarkable career has taken her all over the world as a company dancer for Mario Maya, Ruben Olmo, and as principal dancer with the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia. Her personal and distinctive dance style has been recognized with numerous prestigious awards including El Desplante at Las Minas Festival, the Giraldillo for Best New Artist at the 2010 Bienal de Sevilla, and most recently a Giraldillo at the 2016 Bienal de Sevilla for her new production, Catedral. Since embarking on her solo career as dancer and choreographer, she has collaborated with filmmaker, Carlos Saura in Flamenco, Flamenco, to produce an exquisite performance alongside singer Arcangel, and choreographers, Rafael Estévez and Valeriano Paños.
Sonia Muñoz stepped into the flamenco dance world in 1989 at the studio of Toronto flamenco pioneer, Paula Moreno. Since then, she has been a fixture in Toronto’s local flamenco community, which has seen her take on the roles of flamenco dancer, teacher, curator and producer. She has performed with two of Toronto’s flamenco dance companies, and was a teacher at the Academy of Spanish Dance. Sonia has also served as a juror for the Toronto Arts Council dance projects program. Her passion for flamenco has taken her to Spain where she returns on an annual basis to attend Spain’s most important flamenco festivals, the Bienal de Flamenco in Sevilla and the Festival de Jerez. Sonia’s time in Spain has provided her with the privilege of witnessing hundreds of live performances with flamenco’s most accomplished artists Her vast exposure to flamenco has allowed her to develop a solid knowledge base about the artists, their styles, and their performance formats, as well as a sensitive eye for flamenco dance and its aesthetics. Sonia’s time in Spain has also allowed her to develop a professional network of relationships with many of Spain’s most acclaimed flamenco artists. Since 2007, she has produced flamenco dance workshops with various collaborators, and more recently as sole producer. She has co-produced three flamenco productions, including Grilo, which was included in the NextSteps dance series in 2015. Flamenco Sin Límites is the second mini-series that she presents at NextSteps.