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Meet Lidón Patiño: Spanish Guest Dancer in Alma de Mujer 2013

A lot goes on behind stage when planning Alma the Mujer. Every year, the Guadalupe Dance Company carefully envisions the experience that will be brought to the viewer. Not only does rehearsing begin several months in advance, but also does the process of finding amazing collaborations with talented dancers in San Antonio and all around the world.

Alma de Mujer is characterized by the interaction between local and international dancers, the provision of an important space for artistic exchange and an incredible opportunity for the public to experience Flamenco that is performed at an international level. This year, we invited Lidón Patiño from Spain to participate in this artistic phenomenon.

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Lidón Patiño was born in Castellón, Spain. She became part of the dance core of the Andalusian Cultural Center of her hometown at only seven years of age. Lidón Patiño has received numerous awards including Joven Promesa del Flamenco (Young Promise of Flamenco) for the performance of her choreography Remates en el Interior at the XX Contest of Spanish Dance and Flamenco in Madrid. With only 25 years of age, she has traveled around and has had the opportunity to study and perform all throughout Spain and in other countries such as France, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Santo Domingo, Turkey, Austria, Portugal, Finland, and Japan.

Patiño has an impressive curriculum. She had the opportunity to study at renowned institutions such as the Professional Dance Conservatory in Madrid, the Instituto Superior de Danza “Alicia Alonso”, and Amor de Dios Flamenco School among others. She was taught and mentored by several flamenco personalities such as Juana Amaya, Eva “La Yerbabuena”, Rafaela Carrasco, Antonio Canales, Los Farrucos, Carmen Ledesma, Manuel Liñán, Rocio Coral, Rafael Campallo, Pastora Galván, Beatriz Martín, Joaquín Grilo, Isabel Bayón, Juan Manuel Carrillo, Carmen Cubillo, Merche Esmeralda, Lola Greco, Carmen “La Telegoña”, José Maya, Miguel Cañas, Cristóbal Reyes, El Güito, Inmaculada Ortega, Marco Flores, María Juncal, Alfonso Losa, Javier Latorre, Mara Martinez, Álvaro Paños, Daniel Navarro and Nuria Leiva.

She has been part of several dance companies such as the ones of dancers Lola Ramos, Lola Greco, José Huertas and Marta Fernández, Rafael Amargo, Pastora Vega, and Marco Flores among others. She has worked in tablaos such as Casa Patas, Las Carboneras, el Corral de la Morería, Cardamomo, Café del duende, Corral de la Pacheca and Café de Chinitas. She has also performed in prestigious venues and festivals such as the Festival de Avignon in France and XI Larachí Flamenca in Seville.

After years of polishing her technique and years of a thriving career as a performer, Lidón Patiño begins her path as a choreographer. In December 2010, she presented Sueño de Amor in the XIX Contest of Spanish Dance and Flamenco Choreography next to dancer Cristian Pérez and was selected as a finalist. In 2011, she is in charge of the chorography for Flamenco Flatland, which was premiered in the Castle of Gibralfaro de Málaga and was sponsored by Red Bull. This production was presented in several venues such as the Palace of Telecommunications in Madrid, at the Círculo de Bellas Artes, and in other locations throughout the world.

Lidón Patiño will be coming to San Antonio next week to work on the choreography for this year’s Alma de Mujer. Patiño will share her talent and experience as a dancer with local dancers, but also an opportunity for artistic collaboration will also be triggered through the performance of her choreography. Lidón Patiño will share the stage with the Guadalupe Dance Company in August accompanied by other renowned performers living in San Antonio such as Flamenco guitarist Luisma Ramos and cantaora Chayito Champion.

Alma de Mujer performances are Friday and Saturday, August 23 & 24, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, August 25, at 3 p.m. Enjoy a full Flamenco experience, a special Tapas and Sangria ticket is available with priority seating for Friday and Saturday night performances at $50 each. Performance-only tickets are $15-$30. For more information please call us at 210.271.3151. Alma de Mujer will Tickets available for purchase online.

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