2016 House Programs Voces - Page 6

SARA BARAS Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dancer Sara is one of the most well-known representatives of flamenco in the world today. Her artistic career began over 30 years ago and led her to perform in theatres all around the world. In 1998 she set up her own dance company, Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras. To date, she has put on 13 shows, all created and choreographed by herself: Sensaciones (Sensations); Cádiz-La Isla; Sueños (Dreams); Sueños de Sara (Sara’s Dreams); Juana la Loca; Mariana Pineda; Sabores (Flavours); Bara—Carreras; Carmen; Esencia (Essence); La Pepa; Medusa, la guardiana and this brand new show Voces. More than 4,000 performances with her company have taken her to the best theatres in the world, making her one of the best-known ambassadors of culture. She has performed on stage at venues such as the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall, the Kremlin Congress Palace in Moscow, El Teatro Real in Madrid, the Grand Concert Hall Oktiabrskiy in Saint Petersburg, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, El Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Bunkamura Theatre in Japan, the Great Theatre in Shanghai, The Festival Hall in Edinburgh, the Roman Theatre in Verona, the Pathenon during the Athens Heracle’s Festival, the Thailand Cultural Center, the Esplanade— Theatres on the Bay in Singapore, Carnegie Hall and City Center in New York, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and many others. She has acted in the films Flamenco Women by Mike Figgis, Escuela de Seducción by Javier Balaguer, Iberia and Flamenco Flamenco by Carlos Saura and El sueño de Eleanor by Lluis Danes. She presented the Spanish TV programme Algo más que Flamenco. She was the face of advertising campaigns for Freixenet, Triumph, Filodoro, El orte Inglés, Magno, Cartier, Cruzcampo, Carbonell, Image of Andaluc ia, Prevention of Forest Fires for the Junta de Andalucía, Kinder and Madrid 2016. She also gave her image to Mattel in aid of Aldeas Infantiles for the new collection of Barbie dolls, Dolls of the World—Barbie Spain. Her artistic career and her contribution to the internationalization of the Spanish culture have been honoured with some of the most important Spanish and international awards such as: National Dance Award; Gold Medal to the Arts; Medaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris; five MAX Awards; Gold Metal of the Washington DC John Fitgerald Kennedy Foundation for the Performing Arts; Galileo Award given by the city of Florence; the Creativity Award given by the Government of Madrid and the Camilo José Cela Foundation; the Women Together Award given by the Women Together Foundation. She has been designed as Ambassador of the Ibero-american Culture and Hija Predilecta de Cádiz. She took part of the World Philatelic Exhibition celebrated in Madrid. She is also the only flamenco woman to have been honoured with her own official stamp being part of a limited edition created by the national post office. MELBOURNE FESTIVAL Provoking and inspiring, Melbourne Festival seeks to connect art forms, people and ideas. At the heart of Melbourne’s culture of creativity, we curate unique experiences that bring people together and break new ground in culture and the arts. Melbourne Festival is one of Australia’s leading international arts festivals and has an outstanding reputation for presenting unique international and Australian events in the fields of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia, free and outdoor events. Artistic Director Jonathan Holloway Executive Director Kath M Mainland CBE 06—23 OCTOBER 2016 www.festival.melbourne Facebook melbournefestival Twitter @melbfestival Instagram @melbfestival IMAGES | Santana de Yepes // COVER IMAGE | Jullete Valtinedas Sponsored by With support from #melbfest