I don’t have to pin myself down in history; I am a contemporary dancer, I do flamenco of today.
In this show my dance has transformed in a very natural way. Catedral is the professional and personal liberation that I have needed to be able to break the rules of flamenco and create my own language.
Patricia Guerrero (Granada, 1990) is the new young icon of contemporary flamenco. Her latest production, Catedral (Cathedral), won Best Show at the Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla 2016, and was twice nominated at the Max Awards 2017, including for Best Female Dancer.
Compás del Cante Joven Award
Best Female Dancer (nominated) – Max Awards 2017
Best Show – Bienal de Sevilla 2016
Venecia Flamenca Award – Mistela Flamenco Festival 2016
Best New Artist – Bienal de Sevilla 2012
Desplante Award – Cante de Las Minas International Festival 2007
- 1st Prize – Flamenco Art Contest, Ubrique 2005
Patricia Guerrero (Albayzín, Granada, 1990) got her first taste of flamenco dancing at home: at the age of three, she started classes at her mother’s academy and since then, her learning has been enriched by influences from a whole range of maestros, assimilating classical dance and classical Spanish dance as well as flamenco itself....
Patricia Guerrero (Albayzín, Granada, 1990) got her first taste of flamenco dancing at home: at the age of three, she started classes at her mother’s academy and since then, her learning has been enriched by influences from a whole range of maestros, assimilating classical dance and classical Spanish dance as well as flamenco itself. Her precociousness was there for all to see from an early age. Her first public performance was at the Peña La Platería, when she was just 8 years old, and shortly afterwards, she performed alongside Juana Amaya at the Albayzín Flamenco Festival. At 15 she joined the Centre for Flamenco Studies directed by Mario Maya, whose company she was touring with as a cast member for Diálogo del Amargo (Dialogue of the Bitter).
Soon, Patricia Guerrero was starting to make a name for herself among fans and flamenco critics. In 2005 she won the Flamenco Art Contest of the City of Ubrique and in 2007, at just 17, she won the prestigious Desplante award at the International Festival of Cante de las Minas (La Unión). This award was a springboard to international success, paving the way for her to perform at some of the world’s most important dance events, such as the Festival de Jerez, the Düsseldorf Festival, the Festival of Music and Dance of Granada, the Youth Biennial of Seville, etc. In 2009, she was invited to join the Mario Maya tribute tour, travelling round the most important theatres and festivals in Spain.
A year later she presented her first solo show, Desde el Albayzín (From the Albayzín), which toured round Europe. At that time, Patricia Guerrero was also asked by Carlos Saura to perform as a soloist in the show Flamenco Today, with which she toured the world and performed on stages as famous as New York’s City Center Theater. This legendary filmmaker used Patricia again for the shooting of his film Flamenco, Flamenco, where she appears dancing Cuban guajira music, together with Arcángel and the choreographers and dancers Rafael Estévez and Valeriano Paños. That same year, she joined Rubén Olmo’s company for Tranquilo alboroto (Quiet Racket).
In 2011 Patricia Guerrero was named prima ballerina of the Andalusian Flamenco Ballet, directed by Rubén Olmo. From the many great performances during this period, critics have highlighted her memorable paso a dos alongside the maestro Antonio Canales in Llanto por Ignacio Sánchez Mejías (Lament for Ignacio Sánchez Mejías), and alongside Eduardo Leal in Metáfora (Metaphor). At the same time, Patricia Guerrero was moonlighting as a guest artist by Arcángel for his shows Olor a tierra (Smell of Earth) with the Academy of Piaccere, and Las idas y las vueltas (Comings and Goings), a fusion of flamenco and Baroque music which landed her the Best New Artist Award at the Bienal de Sevilla 2012. The special collaboration with Arcángel continues to this day, with the show Tablao, which premiered at the Teatro Real in Madrid in 2016.
In 2013 Patricia Guerrero premiered her second show, Latidos del agua (Water Pulses) at the Alhambra Theatre in Granada. The same year she also presented Touché, a collaboration with the violinist and composer Bruno Axel. Touché toured several major music and dance festivals: Jerez Festival, Festival of Zurich, Düsseldorf, Nimes, Central Theatre Seville, etc.
In 2014 Belén Maya invited Patricia Guerrero perform in her show Los Invitados (The Guests). Other leading figures in flamenco, such as Dani de Morón and Antonio Rey, also cast her in their shows as a guest artist. In 2015 she presented Doce Tiempos (Twelve Tempos) at the Festival of Italica, during which she shared the stage with contemporary dancer Raúl Heras. That same year she gave a solo performance in the Chaillot National Theatre in Paris in the show Cuando sueñan los ríos (When Rivers Dream).
In February 2016, for the twentieth anniversary of the Festival de Jerez, she presented Pórtico, a piece that gave a glimpse of what was to become Catedral, and later premiered at the 19th Bienal de Sevilla at the Lope de Vega Theatre. In this new piece of work, she put herself in the hands of a great stage director, Juan Dolores Caballero. In this exploration of the interior, the physical and the aesthetic aspects of her art, Patricia Guerrero is immersed in codes and languages of the theatre, and aims to construct characters through dance.
Catedral was named Best Show at the Bienal de Sevilla 2016 and received two nominations for the Max Awards 2017, including for Best Female Dancer.