ARTIST: Juan Siddi, artistic director, choreographer, Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe PALOS: Rumba and Tangos VENUE: Lensic Performing Arts Center
The rumba is like a dance your grandma dances. Everybody dances it. Tiny kids know it in Andalucía. The rhythm is like a salsa beat. It’s very festive. It’s done in celebrations and weddings. It’s rarely seen on stage, it’s more like a traditional family thing. Tangos are slower. The words are love stories. It’s not too serious. You can see a Middle Eastern flavor, it’s sensual, the women use their bellies and shake their shoulders.
Siddi won the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2011. He grew up in Germany, the product of a Spanish mother and an Italian father. His performing career started as a teenager at Al Andalus, a flamenco center in Frankfurt. By the time he was in his twenties, he had studied in Barcelona, and toured Europe as a soloist with Rafael Cortés’ company.
Siddi and his own company performed at The Lodge until two years ago, when the group was taken under the management wing of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.