|Flamenco is an art which explodes outward capturing the imagination of the spectator with its fire and fury.
Highly emotional and intense,
it is above all the art of the individual.
Because Flamenco is an art form rooted in a
cultural basis, the company strives to present
shows which both educate as well as entertain
the audience. Great care is taken to retain
authenticity and the highest caliber of talent is
used, culled from local dancers, musicians and
singers, as well as occasional invited
international guests. The company, which uses
live musical accompaniment exclusively, is well
known for its impassioned performances.
Ms. Monteleon created Arte Flamenco while residing in New Orleans.
The group achieved wide success, and was invited to return three
years in a row to the world famous New Orleans Jazz and Heritage
Festival. Under a grant from the Consulate of Spain the company was
able to arrange for the first presentation of authentic cante flamenco
ever given at the Jazz Festival, bringing in Manolo Leiva, as guest singer.
|Arte Flamenco is based on the concept that each performer has a
unique quality to contribute to the ensemble. All of the artists, be
they dancer, guitarist or singer, are highly experienced
professionals, and are encouraged to engage in the creative
process, as both soloist and participant in ensemble pieces
Upon relocating to Maryland, Ms.
Monteleon re-created the company
here. Their first major concert, in
February of 1998 was a sold-out
performance at Howard Community
College's Smith Theater. They
perform annually for EBLO Latino
Festival in Baltimore, and have
performed at the Kennedy Center,
Millennium Stage, Baltimore
Artscape, the Columbia Arts
Festival, the Takoma Park Folk
Festival, James Rouse Theater, the
University of Maryland, the Mexican
Cultural Institute, in addition to other
local venues in the Baltimore