THIS IS WHO WE ARE
Compañía Carmen Romero is Canada’s most provocative flamenco collective. In their twenty-six years-plus in operation they have developed a rich and original aesthetic that employs flamenco as a language of expression and not as a cultural art form to solely preserve the traditional and historical origins. They invite curiosity, challenge and risk into the process as the genesis to their creations. Compañía Carmen Romero is described as a company that "conveys old traditions to the modern world articulating the primal essence of flamenco." June Heywood, Caravan World Rhythms.
Compañía Carmen Romero breaks the glass ceiling and lets flamenco tell the story, express the idea and open the creative door for all to enter and explore.
Toronto, is home to Carmen Romero who originally founded the ad hoc group Candela Flamenca in 1986. They performed in local cultural events offering lively entertainment. Carmen changed the name to Compañía Carmen Romero to reflect a new direction and easthetic. Carmen Romero is of Spanish heritage and immigrated to Canada in 1971. It is remarkable that she has developed a collective of Canadian dancers and musicians that perform in prestigious events and stages in Europe the United States and Asia. "The exclusive focus and depth of Romero’s commitment to the art of flamenco is not just understandable given her family heritage, but somehow fitting and more authentic. She truly belongs to the history of flamenco in a way not easily achieved." Dance International
The collective produced five full-length theatrical flamenco productions: El Embrujo (The Bewitched) (1993), Flamenco Ayer y Hoy (Flamenco Yesterday and Today) (1997) Carmen Complex (2003). Flamenco de Ayer y Hoy premiered through Dance Works at the DuMaurier Theatre Centre, Toronto, then toured Canada the United States parts of Europe and Asia until 2002. Y entonces….. toured through Canada in 2014. The collectives latest dance drama JACINTO, world premier 2017 won a Dora Award for best sound composition for dance.
The collective also creates smaller works such as Luna Llena (Full Moon) that competed in the 9th annual Certamen de Coreografía de Danza Española y Flamenco (2000) at the prestigious Teatro Albeniz in Madrid, Spain. As well as May I join you? In 2014 at the International Festival de Castanuelas in Girona, Spain. UNO DOS y TRES toured with Dusk Dances in 2018.
Compañía Carmen Romero has also created choreography and music for films such as: El Cambio by Dan Eisen, Sombra by Bravo Fact, CARMEN by Paola Marino Films and Flamenco by Gloria Kim.
CREATIVE FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Compañía, Carmen Romero is very grateful for the creative financial support from the Canada Council for the arts, The Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts council as well as public funding initiatives and private supporters.
THE SCHOOL OF FLAMENCO DANCE ARTS
Compañía Carmen Romero established The School of Flamenco Dance Arts, that offers training in flamenco dance, music, choreographic development and professional coaching. In 2010 Carmen Romero coached latin pop star Shakira for her song Gitana featured during her world tour “Sale el Sol.” Whether it be for recreation or profession, Carmen Romero invests her energy in finding people’s strengths and gives them the tools to train their mind and body.
Compañía Carmen Romero’s moto “Discover your passion! Invites you to explore through the power and artistry of flamenco.