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In 2001, Rafael Estévez and Valeriano Paños formed an artistic tandem after discovering that they had much in common regarding artistic concepts and vision of dance. In the middle of that year, they began an arduous artistic investigation that led them to define the profile that characterizes this tandem: combining tradition and the avant-garde. Since the beginning of this artistic and creative journey, they have investigated movement, experimenting with contemporary forms and those of Spanish dance and flamenco dance, creating a language and concept of dance and choreography that is characteristic and unique. Together they have choreographed CÓRDOBA for Lola Greco (2004) and the piece VIEJOS AIRES DE LA VIEJAESPAÑA, premiered on the European Day of Music (2007) in collaboration with the Banda Sinfónica Municipal de Madrid conducted by Enrique García Asensio (2007). Estévez and Paños have choreographed and danced for the Galas de la Danza at the Teatro Real de Madrid (2004), Gala Española de Danza at the Tokyo Forum HallEXPO AICHI (2005) and Gala de la Danza EXPO Zaragoza (2008), dancing with Lola Greco, Mayte Bajo, Gala Vivancos, Kira Gimeno and María Vivó, and sharing the stage with artists such as Tamara Rojo, José Martínez, Mats Ek, Ana Laguna, Ángel Corella, Nacho Duato, among others.
They choreographed and performed several pieces in the show GOYESCA in the Festival Suma Flamenca (2008), dancing with the singing of Carmen Linares and sharing the cast with artists such as Miguel Poveda, Israel Galván, Rocío Molina and Terremoto, among others. They are invited by Carlos Saura to participate in the film FLAMENCO, FLAMENCO (2009), performing GUAJIRAS with the singer Arcángel and counting on this occasion with the dancer Patricia Guerrero.
They collaborate with the experimental musician Artomático sharing stages with artists such as BandaÈria, Jorge Pardo or José Manuel León, among others. (2008-2011) They create DANZA 220v in collaboration with the choreographer Antonio Ruz and the musician Artomático. For this occasion they have the special collaboration of the singer Sandra Carrasco (2010) and the show EL SALÓN DE BAILE for the Young Company NOSOLODANZA (2012). They were invited to collaborate as dancers and choreographers in the show OJO by Antonio Ruz in 2011 and artistically directed RECICLARTE by Ana Morales, a show in which they also choreographed some pieces in 2013. Artistically directed and choreographed the show ESPIRAL by David Coria (2014). They collaborate as choreographers in LA CASA DE BERNARDA ALBA by 300 PistolasCompañía de Teatro de Álvaro Morte and “À L’ESPAGNOLE” by Compañía Antonio Ruz and Accademia delPiacere (2015).
Between 2016 and 2022 they patricipate as guest teachers at UNM (University of New Mexico) and theNational Institute of Flamenco – Albuquerque New Mexico, teaching Spanish Dance and Flamenco lessons. They create the choreographies ÇIERTAS DANÇAS (2016), HIERRO (2021) and SUITE No19 (2022) forYJASTROS: THE AMERICAN FLAMENCO REPERTORY COMPANY.
From 2016 to 2018 they assume the artistic direction and choreography of the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía.
They create the piece “EL DOLOR” for the show “UN CUERPO INFINITO” by Olga Pericet (2019), and participate in the Seminar convened by the Chair of Flamencology of the University of Seville on “ANTONIO EL BAILARÍN” entitled “Antonio Ruiz Soler: his legacy”, being part of the round table “El baile de Antonio: estilo español, coreografías y grandes obras. Actuality and future” and in 2021 they are invited to the Congress on the centenary of the birth of ‘Antonio el Bailarín’ participating in the round table ‘Antonio, choreographer’ together with the masters Manolo Marín and José Antonio.
They receive the National Dance Award (2019) in the modality of creation, granted by the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Government of Spain.They create EP2020 [choreographic caprice for two men dancing and two video cameras] which premieres in the online edition of the Flamenco Festival of Albuquerque, New Mexico – USA. In 2021 they create and direct artistically FLAMENCO: ESPACIO CREATIVO for Alfonso Losa. In 2022 they directed and created some of the choreographies for the show INSACIABLE by Lucía Álvarez “La Piñona”.
The trajectory of Estévez / Paños y Compañía begins in 2003 with the pieces MARTINETE and TRES POR MEDIO, with which they perform as guest artists in the Choreographic Contest of Flamenco and Spanish Dance of Madrid 2003.
In 2005 the company premieres its first show, TIEMPO (Spanish dance suite). A year later, in the Madrid cycle Distrito Danza they premiere MUÑECAS (touring version) and …A PIANO with the pianist Edith Peña. Edith Peña. In 2007, they adapted MUÑECAS to a theatrical format, debuting at the Festival de Jerez with great acclaim by the audience.
Jerez Festival with a great reception by the public and the specialized critics. This same year, the Biennial of Flamenco of Málaga of Malaga awards the project FLAMENCO XXI: ÓPERA, CAFÉ Y PURO, a show that obtains the critics’ award critics award for ‘Revelation Show’ at the Festival de Danza Española y Flamenco de Jerez. In 2008, within the cycle Jueves Flamencos en Sevilla, they premiere SONATA, with music by Padre Antonio Soler.
From 2009 to 2014, Estévez and Paños are part of the show FLAMENCO HOY DE CARLO SAURA, as choreographers and principal dancers. For this occasion they count with the dancers of Estévez / Paños y Compañía as the cast of this show. In 2011 they create PREFLAMENCOS, a show in which they once again count with the music of Artomático, Rosana Romero as principal dancer, the dancer Jesús Perona and the collaboration of the composer Luis Prado who Prado, who made an arrangement of “Playera o Caña” (1866) by Manuel Fernández Grajal. In 2012 they create the
choreography in collaboration with Juan Kruz Díaz de Garaio Esnaola of the show ROMANCES, co-produced by the Flamenco by the Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla and El Mercat de les Flors and which is ceded to Estévez / Paños to be part of the repertoire of the to be part of the Company’s repertoire. It was premiered at the XVI Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla and won the “Giraldillo a la mejor
the “Giraldillo to the best stage direction” which was in charge of Juan Kruz Díaz de Garaio Esnaola. In this same festival they also premiered LA CONSAGRACIÓN, a Spanish and Flamenco dance version of “The Rite of Spring” by Igor Stravinsky. For this occasion they have Antonio Ruz as collaboration in the dance and choreography and with Antonio Canales as guest artist. The show is
awarded with the “Giraldillo” for best choreography. In 2016 they premiered the shows BAILABLES and SILENCIOS, counting for the latter with the artistic collaboration of Juan Kruz Díaz de Garaio Esnaola. SILENCIOS, is created in artistic residence at the University of New Mexico [United States] and between the cities of Madrid and Berlin.
In 2019, after a two-year hiatus, Estévez/Paños y Compañía inaugurates its new stage intervening in the Cycle “EL BAILE in the Cycle “EL BAILE” (choreography, direction, creation) of the Chair of Flamencology at the University of Cordoba of Cordoba, directed by the cantaor Arcángel with the lecture entitled [Creación coreográfica, choreographic creation, reconstruction and fantasy], create a new version of BAILABLES that will have its international premiere at the 25th Festival Días de Flamenco
the 25th Festival Días de Flamenco in Tel Aviv (Israel). They participate in the Festival Ibérica Contemporánea in Querétaro – Mexico, as guest teachers and performed SILENCIOS at the
performed SILENCIOS at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Querétaro and with the collaboration of the Bulos Arquitectos Bulos Arquitectos team (Francisco Bulos) who creates a stage for the occasion. In 2019 they create EL SOMBRERO, a choreographic fantasy about the creation process of “Le Tricorne”. This montage, Estévez and Paños follow an arduous research work that leads them to create in a series of 100 episodes of video-dance-performance on the creative process of the same and the conference [LOS FLAMENCO DANCES IN THE YEARS OF CREATION OF LE TRICORNE] that they premiere in the program of the of the Nîmes Flamenco Festival (France) in 2020. This project also includes the small-format piece EL CUADERNO (THE NOTEBOOK) which will premiere in 2021. EL SOMBRERO and EL CUADERNO are supported by the Consejería de Cultura de la Comunidad de Madrid. In 2020/21, with the collaboration of GNP Producciones and with the support of INAEM, Ministry of Culture, they carry out the project EPCANTERA, a training project for young values of Spanish dance and flamenco, in which they choose dancers for the company’s cast. Between 2021 and 2022 they produce together with GNP Producciones the shows LA CONFLUENCIA in co-production with Centro Coreográfico Canal – Teatros del Canal, as a resident company at Centro Coreográfico Canal, they also create FLAMENCA391, both creations with the support of Instituto Andaluz del Flamenco and Agencia Andaluza de Instituciones Culturales de la Consejería de Cultura de la Junta de Andalucía.Since 2021 they have been configuring a series of programs numbered DÍPTICOS and TRÍPTICOS in which they include, together with SILENCIOS , short and medium length pieces such as CAMPANILLERO , NONDEDÉU  created in artistic residence in the modality of research at Centro Coreográfico Canal, Teatros del Canal de Madrid and METER LOS PIES, selected to be part of the IN PROGRESS artistic residencies of the Flamenco Festival and the Torrox City Council [Málaga].
selected to be part of the artistic residencies IN PROGRESS of the Flamenco Festival and the City Council of Torrox [Málaga].
In 2023 they premiere DANZA PARA GUITARRA, performed by Valeriano Paños [dance] and Miguel Trápaga [guitar] and directed by Rafael Estévez. It is a production of Estévez / Paños y Compañía and GNP productions with the support of the Consejería de Cultura de la Comunidad de Madrid. With this repertoire of works created between 2003 and 2022 they perofrm on stages and in festivals such as Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Jerez, Córdoba, Zaragoza, Logroño, New York (USA), Festival Mercat de les FLors (Barcelona), Suma Flamenca (Madrid), Festival París Quartier d’eté, Paris (France), Flamenco Festival London (UK), Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada, Festival Internacional Adelaide Festival,Adelaide (Australia), Chile, Uruguay, Istanbul, Internactional Bodrum Ballet, Bodrum (Turkey), Festival Festival Internacional de Jazz de Montreal, Montreal (Canada) or Katowice (Poland), Festival Días de Flamenco Tel-Aviv (Israel), Coetum (Israel), Coetum (Spain), Festival Internacional de Jazz de Montreal (Canada) Aviv (Israel), Coetáni Experimental Flamenco Festival Athens (Greece), Festival Ibérica Contemporánea Querétaro (Mexico), Festival Plataforma Berlin (Germany), Festival Flamenco Alburquerque (New Mexico- USA), Festival Noche del Patrimonio de la Unesco, Flamenco On Fire Pamplona, Festival Madrid en Danza,
Flamenco Biënnale Netherlands, Festival Internacional de Teatro Sibiu [Romania], Festival Internacional de la Guitarra de Córdoba, Flamenco On Fire Pamplona, Festival Madrid en Danza Festival Internacional de la Guitarra de Córdoba, Festival Flamenco Ciudad de Huelva, Flamenco Festival – London, Dantzaldia
Bilbao, Danza Xixón [Gijón] or Lisbon [Portugal], among many others.
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