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Жюри XX Международного фестиваля фламенко ¡Viva España! 2021

Susanne Zellinger

Susanne Zellinger (Linz, 1958) studied Spanish and French philology in Graz. Her special interest focused soon on Spanish culture, especially the culture of gypsies and flamenco. During the years of her teaching activity, she taught seminars throughout Austria on the themes "Gypsies and Flamenco", "Spanish Cinema", "Spanish Writers of the 20th Century" and so on. She studied flamenco dance with the most renowned dancers and choreographers in Spain teaching also flamenco dance in Austria.

She lived 4 years in Seville and she was the owner of the famous bar "Alfalfa 10" at Alfalfa Square.

After returning to Austria she worked as a cultural journalist for the OÖN - Upper Austria's leading newspaper: mainly she wrote cultural reviews on contemporary dance and Jochen Ulrich ballet. She wrote as an flamenco expert for the most important German dance magazine "tanz" and for many years she was editor-in-chief of the only German-language flamenco magazine ANDA. In her flamenco blog www.flamenco- divino.at she informs about the current events happening in the world of flamenco. In 2020 she published her first yearbook of flamenco and Spanish culture "Flamenco divino".

She lectures at international dance festivals, most recently at the Dutch Flamenco Biennale and at the Flamencof in Düsseldorf on a variety of topics such as "The Contemporary Flamenco Dance". She curated last season's flamenco cycle at the Festspielhaus St. Pölten, she acted as a consultant at the Linzer Posthof, and organized photographic exhibitions at the tanzhaus nrw. In the course of her journalistic activity, every year she visits the most important flamenco festivals in Europe and does interviews with the artists. She is also regularly invited to make public presentations and debates after the performances.

As assistant director of Sibylle Tiessen, she shot the documentary "Flamenco - Gesichter eines Tanzes" for Swiss television in 2017.

As artistic director she directed the Kultur.Park.Traun Flamenco Festival in 2019.

Paula Comitre

Born in Seville on October 15, 1994. She began her dance studies at the age of three and at the age of 8 she entered the Professional Dance Conservatory of Seville "Antonio Ruiz Soler". In 2012 she obtained the graduation title specialized in Flamenco Dance. That same year she became part of the Andalusian Dance Centre (CAD).

In 2013 she formed part of the corps de ballet of the ANDALUSIAN BALLET FLAMENCO for three years under the direction of Rafaela Carrasco, with whom she toured the main national and international festivals and theaters with the shows: “En la memoria del Cante”, “Imágenes” (awarded with the Giraldillo to the Best show at the XVIII Flamenco Biennial in Seville) and “Tierra- Lorca Cancionero Popular” (the Giraldillo to the Best Corps de ballet at the XVIX Flamenco Biennial in Seville).

In May 2015, she received the second prize of the XVI Andalusian Young Flamenco Contest organized by the Seville Provincial Federation of Flamenco Entities.

She worked in different tablaos in Madrid such as Casa Patas, Tablao Las Carboneras, Teatro Flamenco Madrid, Tablao Villa Rosa and Corral de la Pacheca until she joined the Tablao Flamenco Los Gallos in Seville in 2017 as a regular dancer, where she is until now.

Currently she is part of the David Coria Company where she dances in the show “El Encuentro” and she forms part of the Rafaela Carrasco company where she dances in the show “Nacida Sombra” awarded with the Critics' Prize at the XXII Festival de Jerez in 2018.

In August 2019 she is a finalist in the Concurso Internacional de Cante de las Minas; and recently she participated in the show "Fandango" by David Coria, co-produced by the National Theatre of Chaillot in Paris, which premiered past January.

She successfully premiered her first solo show “Cámara Abierta” at the XXIV Festival in Jerez, obtaining special recognition from critics with the Revelation Artist Award. In March 2020 she worked at the Tablao Flamenco Garlochí in Tokyo.

Miguel Betegón

Miguel Betegón (born in Madrid in 1950), and as he likes to present himself, he is a loyal flamenco fan who did not immediately realize his true vocation. Although as a child, he never stopped listening to the great singers on vinyl records of the family collection, only when he reached middle age, in the 80s, when he moved to Luxembourg as an employee of the European institutions, he did become interested in this cultural phenomenon, organizing concerts of flamenco artists in his free time.

In 2006 he founded the Flamenco Festival in Luxembourg (Flamenco Festival d'Esch-sur-Alzette), and from then until now Miguel Bretón is part of the Festival's organizing committee and its faithful director. In 2010 he returned to Madrid, receiving the opportunity to deepen more in the flamenco world: he has been visiting flamenco events throughout the country of Spain and abroad. He attends the major international festivals and, of course, he continues to develop the Flamenco Festival in Luxembourg.

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Juan Campallo

Born in 1983, he started flamenco guitar at the young age of 6 taking classes from his brother Mariano Campallo and learning from various famous guitarists such as Jaime Burgos and Miguel Pérez, among others.

At 14 he started accompanying dance with his brothers Rafael and Adela Campallo, making his way in this sector, playing for an endless number of dancers such as Pastora Galván, Antonio Molina “El Choro”, Mercedes de Córdoba, María Moreno, Patricia Guerrero, Ana Morales, Gema Moneo; he accompanied the great figures and teachers such as Antonio Canales, Merche Esmeralda, Juana Amaya, Javier Baron, Manuela Carrasco, Milagros Mengibar, Manolo Marín, José Galván, etc. He accompanied singers such as José Valencia, Enrique “El Extremeño”, Pepe de Pura, Jeromo Segura, Encarna Anillos and José Anillo, etc.

In 2004 and 2006 he participated as a soloist in the cycle dedicated to young talents of the Seville Flamenco Biennial. In 2007 he won the prestigious award of the Union El Bordón Minero, which led him to combine the accompaniment work with that of soloist in various festivals around the world.

He has developed as a musician composing creations for shows such as: "Campallerias", "7 de mayo", "Horizonte", "Puente Triana", "Sangre", etc. Rafael and Adela Campallo; “Una moneda de dos caras” by Antonio Canales. “Sin más” and “Ser” by Mercedes de Córdoba; " Aviso: bayles de gitanos " by Antonio Molina "El Choro"; “Baronia” and “Encuentro en el baluarte” by Javier Barón; “Bailando una vida” by Milagros Mengíbar, Ana María Bueno, Manolo Marín and José Galván -under the direction of the dancer and choreographer Rubén Olmo and with whom Juan Campallo obtained El Giraldillo, City of Seville.

His guitar style is halfway between traditionalism and new forms, showing an enviable technique that together with great sensitivity makes his melody have a passage of great lyricism.

Jesús Corbacho - CANTAOR / Singer

Born in Huelva in 1986, he began to singing his first fandangos at just two and a half years old. His father instilled in him from a very young age his passion for the cantes of his land, and although he started with the guitar at the Peña Flamenca de Huelva, he realized soon that his passion was singing. At the age of eleven, he obtained the First National Prize of Fandangos at the Paco Toronjo Contest in Alosno in the category of child; this award would repeat years later in the adult category. Jesús received a training scholarship at the Fundación de Arte Flamenco Christina Heeren (Seville), where he studied learning from the artists such as Paco Taranto and José de la Tomasa and where he collaborated lately on several occasions as an assistant teacher.

His prizes include the First Prize for Malagueñas at the XLVIII Festival Internacional De Cante De Las Minas De La Unión in 2008.

With artistic references such as Marchena, Caracol, Tomás Pavón, Chacón, La Niña de los Peines, Mairena or Morente, he began professionally in flamenco, performing recitals in the flamenco clubs of the capital of Huelva and, after moving to Seville, he began singing for the dance. He toured stages around the world with figures such as Belén Maya, Milagros Mengíbar, Merche Esmeralda, Rocío Molina, Pastora Galván, Manuel Liñan, Olga Pericet, Marcos Flores and etc. He was also fortunate to be part of the last work directed by the master Mario Maya, the show “Mujeres”, awarded the Critics' Prize to the Best show at the Jerez Festival in 2009.

He participated as a soloist in festivals of great flamenco significance such as the Ojén Festival, the Flamenco Days in La Fortuna or the Suma Flamenca Festival in Madrid, among others. In 2011 he began to focus his solo career, invited by the Institute Cervantes, to the Fez Festival of Sacred Music of the World (Morocco). Later he presented his first solo record work. He has also participated on numerous occasions with the best dance figures in Festivals of great importance such as the Biennial in Seville, Flamenco Festival of Mont de Marsan, Flamenco Festival of the USA and the United Kingdom, the Flamenco Biennial of Málaga, the Cante de las Minas festival of La Unión, the Jerez Festival, the Caja Madrid Festival, etc ... He performed on stages such as the City Center in New York, the Opera House in Sydney, the Chaillot Theater in Paris, the Sadlers Wells in London and others.

As far as discography is concerned, he collaborated on albums such as “Tiempo Presente” by guitarist Michele Iaccarino, in the Anthological History of Fandango de Huelva, in the Fandangos Anthology “Fandango Joven”, on the album “Herencia” and “Esta noche es Navidad” as part of the group “ Niños de Huelva ”and at the end of 2011 he premiered his first solo album “ Debajo del romero ”.

In 2014 he occasionally collaborated in the show “En la memoria del cante: 1922” of the Andalusian Flamenco Ballet directed by Rafaela Carrasco and in the Seville Flamenco Biennial of that year he participated in shows such as “Sangre” by Adela and Rafael Campallo, or “Naturaleza gitana, gitana morena” by Manuela Carrasco. In 2015 he was requested as an invited artist by the National Ballet of Spain for the show Alento & Zaguán directed by Antonio Najarro, and earlier this year he was also part of the show “Divino Tesoro” singing for the dance and solo, under the direction of José Luis Ortiz Nuevo.


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from November 9 to November 13 at 19:00 (Moscow time) - online courses with Paula Comitre (Zoom)
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04 2020 Оnline conference "Contemporary flamenco"

November 12 at 5:00 pm (to Moscow): free online conference "Contemporary flamenco" with Susana Zellinger, flamenco expert from the German magazine "Tanz" and member of the jury (Zoom)