“Gran Espectáculo de Música, Cante y Baile”
Charisma, sensuality, passion, rythme and elegance are their major qualities. Straight from Seville, dancer, Rebeca Ortega accompanied by live guitarist, Martín Revuelo Jr. and special guest singer bring you their fresh Flamenco; technical and direct, classical and innovative, theatrical and intimate.
The show makes you dream and feel involved, it will take you on a journey through the palos of flamenco interpreting the colours, airs, grace and rythme of alegrías, tangos and bulerías, with giving no little significance to the seriousness of the rooted, painful, venenous hondo flamenco.
"CalleJondo" is a flamenco dance show that transports you to Seville, the thrilling atmosphere of street performances and the more elegant tablaos. The name CalleJondo comes from the Spanish words "calle" (meaning of street), and "jondo" (flamenco styles the purest and the most serious).
The artists draw on a deep knowledge of flamenco traditions, their contemporary influences and a vast experience of street art.
The play is seperated into 2 parts. The first part is a representation of street flamenco shows in Seville. The initial warming up of the dancers and musicians blend with with the sound of horns, the noise of the street, castagnets, the Malagueñas. The dances are superimposed with usual street situations, a tourist approaching for a selfie in the dance world, the singer taking a break to smoke, the police arriving to give place to the end of the part.
The second part is a representation of a typical tablao, a specialized theatre to represent the art of flamenco to the public, currently mostly attended by tourists from all over the world.
The show had a very successful response during its tour in England, with several full theatres.
"Rebeca Ortega and Callejondo Flamenco performed a wonderful evening of authentic flamenco singing, playing and dancing that had our full house audience captivated throughout. Their level of skill, passion and rhythmic fire was something to behold- shouts of "Ole" resounded throughout the evening from several Spanish audience members. We didn't hesitate to book them for a return show!" --- Paul Debts, Peggy Skylight, Nottingham, UK.
"CalleJondo Flamenco are the best Flamenco dance company I have seen. They are very professional and easy to work with. Everyone enjoyed the flamenco dance workshop and the performance was wonderful." --- Roselyne Williams de Redwing Art Gallery, Penzance, UK.
"Rebeca Ortega joined by Martin Revuelo Jr on spanish guitar and highly accomplished flamenco dancer Josie Sinnadurai delivered a stunning, inspiring and truly excellent flamenco performance. Over an hour of dance and music of the highest calibre, honed on the streets and theaters of Seville, truly delivered something special... This, without a doubt, ranks as one of the best dance performances I have ever seen... The end of the performance was greeted by a standing ovation... returns to Nottingham no price would be too much to experience this again." --- PureAndCreative.com, Nottingham, UK.
Born into an international flamenco family. Her father, Paco Benamargo, guitarist and agent at "Flamenco de Hoy", and mother, north american ballet dancer Esmeralda Ortega, instilled in her a love of flamenco, music and dance. She studied traditional flamenco with teachers such as La Tati, Merche Esmeralda and El Güito, and more modern styles with Tamara and Úrsula López, Javier Latorre and Adela Campallo. She has danced with Teatro Flamenco La Tati in their piece "A mi manera" and in Ricardo García's company as a soloist at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s C-venue Theatres. At the age of 19 years old, she founded and choreographed for "Nottingham Flamenquitas". She made a big impact in Denmark performing alongside the Yolanda Almodovar Quintet and circus artist Villads Bugge Bang in the Himmelstorm Festival, Copenhagen World Music Festival. Rebeca currently lives in Sevilla, performs in the tablaos of the city and is a member of the emerging group Fuera de Serie, who performed at "Tacón de Utrera" Festival, lead by El Torombo; and travels to give performances, conferences; and deliver intensive courses and workshops in the UK; France, Belgium, Norway and Denmark.
Josie Sinnadurai “La Galesa” began studying flamenco at just 3 years old. She trained in contemporary dance at London Contemporary Dance School, graduating with a 1st class degree and has since also completed her Masters. In 2015/16, Josie toured with National Dance Company Wales, but her zeal for flamenco still burned strongly, so after her contract ended she returned to flamenco. Josie’s flamenco work has included performing in Spain, Germany, Canada, Israel and Britain. Highlights include directing and starring in her full-length show Estudios commissioned by the Festival Flamenco de Montreal and touring Canada with her new group Flamenquines. She has also performed in renowned gypsy flamenco musician Agujetas Chico’s The Aguja Project, Woody Harrelson’s Hollywood film “Lost in London”, in various international festivals – Flamenco Festival du Capitale (Ottawa), Little Kitchener-Waterloo Flamenco Fest, Festival de Jazz de Montreal, the 15th Annual Blackout Festival (Toronto) and performing several times for the Cabaret Flamenco de Montreal, Pedestrian Sundays at Kensington Market (Toronto), the Féria de Abril Cardiff and at tablaos and peñas worldwide.
Martín Jiménez Cortés, known in the flamenco world as “Martín Revuelo Jr”, is the son of Seville-born Martín Chico and the grandson of the famous Seville-born cantaora (flamenco singer) Juana la del Revuelo and Martín Revuelo. Growing up in the suburb of Las 3000 Viviendas in Seville, Martín has been exposed to flamenco since birth. While surrounded by palmas (specialised, percussive flamenco claps) and compás (flamenco rhythm) he learned to walk. His main teacher was naturally his father and he also studied with Melchor Borja; the guitarist for the famous cantaora Rocío Jurado and various other artists. Martín is currently a founding member of the flamenco group “CalleJondo” as well as being a member of the emerging group “Fuera de Serie” directed by the bailaor (flamenco dancer) José Suarez “El Torombo”. He has performed in world-renowned venues such as the “Vender Kultur Centret” (Copenhagen), the Edinburgh Fringe Festival alongside guitarist Ricardo García, the “Occitano-Tzigano Festival” in Toulouse (in a show co-created with bailaora Rebeca Ortega) and the “Festival Tacón Flamenco de Utrera” in Seville.