Why is flamenco dancing so incredibly powerful

Sunday, April 27, 2008, 6:00 p.m.
Monday, April 28, 2008, 7:30 p.m.
Small house of the Munster Municipal Theaters
Carmen López
y grupo


Flamenco has always impressed the viewer and the actor alike with its depth. Far from folkloric clichés, flamenco is a culture that stands in its own right, whose origins lie in Spanish Andalusia. Influenced by the Moors, Indians, Spaniards, Jews and Gitanos, it is unique. His singing and music are touching and his dancing is captivating.

FLAMENCURA is the name of Carmen López's new program.
Outstanding artists from Germany and Spain will celebrate honest, authentic flamenco.
FLAMENCURA is proud and graceful, sad and cheerful, contemplative and crazy, full of passion and strength. Carmen López y grupo will immerse yourself in the old and yet forever young soul of flamenco.

Dance: Carmen López and Raphaela Stern

Carmen López was born and raised in Münster. She also grew up playing flamenco in an Andalusian family. She has been dancing flamenco on stage since she was 9 years old. She works with numerous artists all over Germany, Austria and Luxembourg. Carmen López is pure temperament. Her dance is pure expression. She is known for her incredible stage presence. Over 25 years of stage experience have made Carmen a unique artist.

Raphaela Stern was born in Hamburg. There she started dancing flamenco at the age of 15. She studies flamenco dance at the Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco in Seville. In 2004 she moved to Berlin and opened the Centro Flamenco Raphaela Stern there. She works all over Germany with artists such as, Antonio Arrebola, Miguelete and El Torombo. Raphaela's dance is full of sensual, playful lightness, the next moment powerful and energetic.

Singing: Juanillo Reyes and Yonatan Reyes

Juan Manuel Reyes Jimenez and Yonatan Reyes Jimenez were born in Seville into a family with a great flamenco tradition. Her father and grandfather have already accompanied flamenco celebrities of the last century with music. Juanillo and Yonatan are trained in singing from an early age and their voices, presence and sense of rhythm enrich every concert.
Juanillo and Yonatan work across Europe with artists such as Miguel Sotelo, Leonor Moro, Quisco de Alcalá and Ismael Fernández.

Guitar: Cris López and Miguel Sotelo

Cris López was born in Poland and grew up in Münster. He started playing the guitar at the age of 15. He studies flamenco guitar at the Conservatory for World Music in Rotterdam. In 2000 he moved to Münster, where he has been working as a musician and teacher ever since. He knows how to put the singing and the dance in the limelight and at the same time to shine with his virtuoso playing. Cris has made a name for himself in the FLamenco world primarily through his extraordinary compositions.

Miguel Sotelo was born in Seville and started playing the guitar at the age of six. He grew up in Germany and Spain. Miguel Sotelo plays the guitar as he is powerful, impulsive and sensitive. Today Miguel Sotelo lives in Seville again and has become an indispensable part of the flamenco world, especially as a dance companion.

Percussion: Ricardo Espinosa

Ricardo Espinosa was born in Zurich. He grew up in Switzerland and Spain and grew up with flamenco thanks to his parents. After training as an actor and dancer, he traveled through Europe with international groups. Ricardo Espinosa is considered one of the best percussionists in the flamenco scene. His eye for dance and his unmistakable feeling for the soul of flamenco make his music unique.