If you are learning flamenco in Australia, chances are you can trace the lineage from student to teacher back to one man. Most flamenco teachers have at some point attended a workshop conducted by Australia’s king of flamenco, Antonio Vargas.
In Australian film he holds the leading flamenco role as ‘Rico’, the man that put the fire into Paul Mercurio’s onscreen pasodoble. That film is of course ‘Strictly Ballroom.’ But there is a lot more talent to Antonio Vargas than a few movie credits (‘Mission Impossible II‘ included). From a young age Antonio Vargas has been studying flamenco dance and flamenco guitar, in Spain his main mentor was the great Antonio Marín. At 18 he toured with the Pilar Lopez Company and later with Company Rafael de Córdova.
Let’s fast forward through the development of his own company, a television appearance with The Beatles, his generosity as a flamenco teacher in Sydney, the film roles, the choreography commissions, the tours of Europe, UK, USA, China and South East Asia, the guest performance roles, and his current position teaching at a performing Arts School and his own studio in Singapore.
Antonio Vargas is coming back to Australia in June 2010 and the small team at the Flamenco Australia Online Magazine are just stoked to be involved in making it happen.
So yes you can expect a fair amount of buzz about Antonio’s coming workshops in Australia this month, because this is truly a rare chance to learn from a master and legend of flamenco.
This unique artist, who is part of a generation of greats such as Manolete, Mario Maya and Antonio Gades, is a master of syncopation with an intrinsic knowledge of all types of music. He plays guitar, cello, piano and cajon and his generosity as a teacher knows no boundaries.
Antonio will only have time for Melbourne and Sydney workshops before he flies out to join artists from Jerez at a flamenco festival in Switzerland. In Melbourne he will be conducting three levels of flamenco dance workshops from beginners to advanced as well as a cajon workshops and a flamenco compas workshop for musicians.
We will have the full details published here in a few days…
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