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Irene Alvarez
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Irene Alvarez

Born in Triana, Seville (1975) flamenco dancer Irene Álvarez began her training at the age of 9 under the guidance of the renowned Maestra Matilde Coral, as well as the Real Conservatorio de Danza de Sevilla. In addition to obtaining her diploma in Classical Spanish Dance and Flamenco, Irene has continued to complement and improve her training, studying and working with well-known maestros of flamenco such as; El Güito, Manolo Marin, Javier Latorre, José Galván, Pilar Ogalla, Angel Atienza, Manuel Betanzos and Isabel Bayón. She acted as assistant to maestra Isabel Bayon in the Flamenco Festival Jerez in the years 2009, 2010, 2012 and currently combines her love for the stage with her job as a guest teacher and choreographer for the flamenco department at Codarts, Rotterdam.

She started out with a traditional vision of flamenco, but Irene’s years of hard work and studying have resulted in her developing a unique and unmistakable style over time, moving between an impulsive and sometimes modern expression whilst maintaining the characteristic feminine elegance of the Sevillian school. In 1992 she participated in the film ‘Sevillanas’ (Carlos Saura). From that moment forward she continued to perform in countless tablaos and international theatres, working alongside guitar player Antonio Andrade and the dancer Federico Ordoñez: with whom she founded the group DOS, together with guitar players Alexander Gavilán and Ulrich Gottwald, and the singer Carmen Fernández.

She has performed at several European flamenco festivals such as; - u.o. Guitar Festival Balatonfüred, Hungary - Festival "Sur les Routes des Musiques Tsiganes" , Caen, France, - Berliner Philharmonie, Germany, - Flamenco Festival Rotterdam - Gypsyfestival Tilburg, Holland - Gypsyfestival ROMA, Czech Republic

Irene has also performed as a guest soloist with the guitar player Rafael Cortés, the polish Ensemble "Los Payos", "Sevilla Mia" (José Ramirez, Cristina Hall), "Inspiracion Flamenca" (with Ulrich Gottwald) and in several cross-over projects - many of them she produced such as "El Pelele- Noche de Canciones Españolas" with the soprano Bárbara Amador, the Indian-Andalusian "Kathak Flamenco" with the "Music Ensemble of Benares" and José Parrondo and the "Classic Club Nights" with the trombone players of the "Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest" in "De Doelen". In 2010 she formed the group “Cuadro Flamenco Irene Álvarez” with guitarist Alexander Gavilán, singer Carmen Fernández and the percussionist Ruven Ruppik, acting as leading director and producer for the projects "De Alegrias y Soledad", "ZarZamora" and “Levante“ .
Picture by Eva Faché