Acclaimed Spanish choreographer Juan Siddi and his company of exhilarating and sensual flamenco dancers, singers and musicians from Spain, France and the U.S. present an unforgettable and innovative performance that celebrates flamenco's unique ethnic and cultural art forms.
Juan Siddi Aivar is at the helm, creating and maintaining a strong presence for flamenco in the United States. Recently received the 2011 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, Santa Fe, NM, where he has his Flamenco Theatre Company based and teaches/choreographes flamenco dance.
Siddi was born in Frankfurt, Germany of immigrant parents. His mother, whose family originated in Granada, was from Barcelona, Spain. She immigrated to Germany where she met Juan,s father from Italy. Flamenco music was part of daily life in their home, and through their ties with a “peña”, (a group dedicated to Spanish culture), Juan was immersed in the flamenco culture and began dancing and performing when he was very young. His most influential teachers have been Rebeca Carmona in Germany and la Tani in Barcelona, Spain. Starting at the age of 15 in Tablaos Flamencos, including Al Andalus Frankfurt, Germany.
Beginning his career as a young, powerful and passionate flamenco dancer in professional dance companies and productions at the age of 18, Juan danced and co-choreographed with Compañia Flamenca Alhama and Noches de Amor productions on international tours for seven years, including: Metropol Theater, Vienna; Tranenpalast, Berlin; Moods, Zurich; on Austrian television programs ORF; Arosa Cruises through the Mediterranean and North Africa, and was featured in flamenco festivals, including the Bienal de Flamenco, Sevilla. In 2000, Juan performed with Compañia Flamenca Alhama as the principal male dancer at a birthday gala for Herzogin von Wurttenburg and His Majesty Juan Carlos King of Spain. Here, he and the company were recognized for their representation of Spanish culture in Europe. That year Juan became the principal male dancer for Rafael Cortés and performed with his group for five years in concerts throughout Europe, including Flamenco Festivals in Hamburg, Germany; Krakow, Poland and Deutsche Oper, Duisburg, Germany.
From 2001 until 2005, Juan had the honor to work with renowned Kathak dancers and musicians from India with The Music Ensemble of Benares, in the project “Kathak Meets Flamenco.” This project explores the common roots of both cultures. The group made tours throughout Europe at the Diwali Festival, Mainz, Germany; Willhelma Theater, Stuttgart, Germany; Festival Musicale del Mediterraneo, Genoa, Italy; Carnival Venice 2004, San Marco Plaza, Italy, and other regarded venues.
From 2002 until 2005, Juan has been invited to the to perform and teach for the company of Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco in the United States. Tours throughout the U.S. have included: Ordway Center, St. Paul, MN; Helm Fine Art Center, Austin, TX; McFarlin Auditorium, Dallas, TX; Fox Theater, Atlanta, GA; and Joyce Theater, New York City, NY. In 2006 and 2007, he became principal male dancer/ choreographer for Teatro Flamenco’s production Maria Benitez: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, under the direction of Merrill Brockway (director of PBS’ Dance in America). He has performed as a guest artist with La Tania Flamenco Music and Dance Company with tours throughout California at the Brava Theater and Cowell Theater, San Francisco; Kuumbwa Jazz Theater, Santa Cruz; Montgomery Theater, San Jose and at the Flamenco Festival, Lobero Theater, Santa Barbara. Juan was invited as a guest artist and choreographer to perform for Theatre Flamenco San Francisco at the Cowell Theatre, San Francisco, CA; Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Mountain View, CA and Bret Harte Theatre, Angels Camp, CA.