Based in Seville, where Flamenco was born

Belen Maya

Twenty years ago, ‘Flamenco’ by Carlos Saura, a very important film in the filmography of the flamenco song form, the cante jondo, had its premiere. In his film, the director chose Belén Maya as one of the representatives of the new aesthetics of flamenco. Her image even inspired the promotional poster of the film. Maya’s freshness, originality and personality captivated the prestigious filmmaker, who justified his choice, stating: ‘it doesn’t seem like flamenco’. Ever since, Maya has become an icon of cutting-edge flamenco dance.

In 2014, Maya celebrated the third decade of her career, diving into the depths of classicism with the show ‘Los Invitados’, which won the Critics Award at Jérez Festival. This festival, specifically dedicated to flamenco dance, is the most important of its kind in the world. Now Maya continues to explore new paths in her professional life.

Maya’s new proposal brings to life the verses of Juan Ramón Jiménez when he wrote: ‘the wings of the artist become rooted and her roots fly…’.

Her proposal ‘Romnia’, (‘women’, in Romani language), is a celebration of ‘Gypsyness’, without any feelings of victimisation. The show – sometimes compassionate, sometimes joyful – examines the plight of women, whose courage to survive has led them to a new ethical and aesthetic commitment.

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