DATE & TIME
Fri. June 21 at 8:00pm
Rodey Theatre, UNM
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María Moreno’s dancing (Cádiz, 1986) is the result of pure evolution. The way her body moves is nothing more than the reflection of her unquestionable freedom, shaped both by her reverence towards flamenco tradition and by her desire to apply a modernized, contemporary version of its codes.
Her essence has touched theatres such as Sadler’s Wells in London,
La Villette in Paris, Russia’s Tchaikovsky Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Russkaya Pesnya, as well as the New York City Center. Along the way, she has won the Best Newcomer Award at the Festival de Jerez in 2017 for her piece Alas del Recuerdo, cementing herself as a major name in flamenco dance in 2018 with De la Concepción, which led to her winning the Giraldillo Prize for Best Newcomer at the Bienal de Sevilla. At the 2020 Bienal, Moreno’s star continued to rise with the opening of the show More(No)More, which brought her a second Giraldillo – this time, the Magic Moment Award for the opening section of her soleá. In addition, the 2020 Bienal saw María take center stage for the inaugural performance, alongside Antonio Canales and Rafael Riqueni, with whom she previously toured for his album, Herencia. That same year, Yo Bailo was published, a book she coauthored with Susana Girón, thereby extending her show of the same name, which had come into being a year earlier.
She toured world music festivals with Manuel de Falla’s orchestra, Enriki Solinís and Euskal Barrokensemble. In the neverending struggle between her essence and her artistic expression, María captivates through her linguistic brilliance, her modernistic style and the intelligence she displays within her pieces. She has always known how to absorb influences, ever since she started out at the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza in Cádiz, all the way through to today, with the inspiration she takes from Rafael Villalobos’ ideas and direction or Palomo Spain’s cutting-edge fashion concepts.
As an artist, María is constantly trying to discover new surroundings, to take risks and get lost in research, to have a mature understanding of her own story while maintaining the conviction to seek out freedom. This is the case with O . ./O .. /.O/O./O. (soleá), which debuted as one of the 22nd Bienal de Sevilla’s most hotly anticipated performances in September 2022. In this show, one can see María’s new perspective, one where she does not shy away from her own essence. The challenge does not lie in the pursuit of the final result, but rather in the construction of the path.