And Flamenco dance begins. Awaited with great anticipation, the winner of the latest edition
of the National Competition of Flamenco Art in Cordoba blew spectators away.
Marco Flores showed the obvious, that he is one of the greatest in Flamenco dance, today and tomorrow.
The dancer from Cadiz meets all the characteristics to be one, from form to content.
Brilliant in technique, in presence, in expression, in stage presence… the audience literally screamed.
Marco Flores has arrived.
Silvia Calado • Flamenco-World.com
The art of Marco Flores is characterized by calmness, poise, absolute control and an elegance
that doesn’t let up even in the most intense moments. Worlds away from those images of
disheveled and sweaty dancers who stomp the floor without mercy in their search for art. At all times
Marco shows the striking power of suggestion, based on perfect technique, intelligence and excellent taste.
Estela Zatania • Deflamenco.com
Marco Flores is a bailaor originally from Arcos de la Frontera, Cádiz, now residing in Madrid. His style of flamenco is emblematic of that city in that it adheres to tradition, but is chic, urban and clever. Flores is known for his precision and meticulous attention to detail as a dancer and choreographer. Flores is distinctively capable of making the difficult look easy and effortless. Watching him is always a riveting and joyful experience.
Self-taught, he is a restless creator, endorsed by numerous prizes. His creative talent has led him to set up various companies in constant search of flamenco talent.
Marco Flores’ dance embodies the past, transports it to the present, and prepares it for the future. It continues an aesthetic approach in which concepts and ideas come together that break conventions, adapting forms once developed in female Flamenco dance, and that have now been diluted in male dance, enriching it.
Although primarily self-taught, he perfected his skill as a young dancer in Sevilla with Javier Latorre, Antonio Canales, and Javier Barón. Eventually Flores began dancing professionally in tablaos and festivals in Andalucía.
In 2001, Flores moved to Madrid and joined the Sara Baras’ company, performing in the production “Juana la Loca.” That same year, Flores also participated in “Amargo,” a production by Rafael Amargo. In 2002, Flores joined the Rafaela Carrasco Dance Company. In 2003, he founded the ESS3 Movimiento dance company with fellow dancers Olga Pericet, Daniel Doña, and Manuel Liñán. At this point, Flores seriously embarked on his solo career. In 2004, Flores participated in the production “Romancero Gitano” under the direction of de Paco Suárez in the Bienal de Sevilla and performs in the productions “Dibujos en el aire” and “Gestos de Mujer” with dancer Mercedes Ruiz as a special invited artist. Flores participated in “Dos en Compañía” with Liñán in August 2005. This work was performed at the VII Festival Flamenco Tío Luis el de la Juliana and in the cycle of the Pradillo Theater, “La Otra Mirada del Flamenco” to public acclaim. He appeared as a guest artist in the show "Cámara Negra" by Manuel Liñan y Olga Pericet. He also visited as a resident artist with the Miguel Ángel Berna of Zaragoza’s company.
In 2006, Flores participated in the London Flamenco Festival, presenting "Dos en Compañía" at the Festival de Jerez, performing as a soloist in the International Festival of Music And Dance in Granada, and participating in the 50th Anniversary Gala of the Corral de la Morería. Together with Olga Pericet and Daniel Doña, Flores created "Chanta la Mui," an experimental work that combines flamenco, classical and contemporary movement in innovative choreography. This work premiered at the Teatro Pradillo in Madrid, and then again at the 20th anniversary gala of the Union Of Actors, where they shared the stage with Enrique Morente.
In 2007, Flores created "En Clave" with Manuel Liñán and Olga Pericet and participated in the New York Flamenco Festival, The London Flamenco Festival, the Festival of Jerez, and Días de Flamenco Festival of Tel Aviv. He toured Spain with "Chanta la Mui" and the artists are invited to the Festival Danssa Valencia, the Festival Al- Butan in Beirut, and made stops to perform in Ammán and Damascus. Flores completed a tour of Australia and China with the show "Gala Flamenca" with dancers Belén Maya and Merche Esmeralda.
In 2008, Flores performed as a soloist at Nimes Flamenco Festival in France, Festival de Jerez and the Festival Flamenco in Albuquerque. On the choreographic side, he created the show "En Sus13," which premiered in the Bienal de Sevilla. Flores toured this show in France, including four showings at the Maison de la Dance in Lyon. In this year, he also created "Chanta la Mui II" and "Complot," which were presented in Madrid for a two week run.
In 2009, Flores completed several tours of his work, including tours in France and Germany with the following shows: " En Sus 13," " Chanta la Mui," " Chanta la mui II," " Complot," and " 2 en compañía." He also collaborated in concerts with the guitarist Juan Ramón Caro.
In 2010, Flores toured "Complot" in countries such as Colombia at the Festival International of Theater, Mexico at the Festival Barroquísimo, United Kingdom at the International Dance Festival Birmingham, as well as performing in the network of theaters of Madrid. In addition, Marco Flores combined his touring with teaching, teaching dance workshops and seminars in many countries, including the United States, China, Brazil, Germany, United Kingdom, and Italy.
Flores is the recipient of the following awards: CÓRDOBA NATIONAL COMPETITION OF FLAMENCO ART, 2007, “ANTONIO GADES,” “MARIO MAYA,” “CARMEN AMAYA” Dance Awards 2007, BEST NEW DANCER AWARD, Revista De Flamenco 2008, BEST DANCER FLAMENCO HOY CRITICS AWARD 2009.
Flores continues to do collaborative work with artists such Mercedes Ruiz and Olga Pericet. He appears regularly as a headliner at the tablaos Las Carboneras in Madrid. For the past several years, Flores has been invited to present his work in world’s most important festivals including but not limited to, the Festival de Jerez, Bienal de Sevilla, Festival Arte Flamenco de Mont de Marsan and Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque. In 2012, Flores’s work “De Flamencas” won the “Premio de la Crítica” (critic’s choice) at the Festival de Jerez. Most recently Marco performed his hit show “De Flamencas” at the 2013 Nimes Flamenco Festival in France to rave reviews and sold-out crowds.