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Andrés Marín's Biography

Andrés Marín is one of the most significant artists in flamenco today. His productions have centered on traditional flamenco and, specifically, on classic flamenco singing (cante); not from a conventional perspective, but through a radical personal vision and an utterly contemporary style. His dancing is considered one of the most innovative in flamenco dance.

Son of flamenco artists, Andrés Marín was born in Seville in 1969. Although he began dancing as a child alongside his father, Marín is a self-taught dancer. He debuted professionally in 1992 and worked as guest artist and choreographer in diverse companies and shows until the formation of his own company in 2002.

“Más Allá del Tiempo”, the first show of the Compañía Andrés Marín, debuted in the Maison de la Danse in Lyon and completed more than sixty performances in different countries including such revered venues as the XII Bienal de Flamenco in Seville, the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, the Festival de Jerez, the Ópera de Lille and the New World Flamenco Festival in Los Angeles. He participated in the festival “¡Mira! in the National Theatre of Toulouse and in “Dance Celebration!”, a live dance gala including choreographers Jiri Kylian, Bill T. Jones and Montalvo, broadcast for the Art Channel from the Maison de la Danse in Lyon. He conducted dance workshops for the Spanish National Ballet and the Andalusian Dance Company.

In 2004 “Asimetrías” debuted with great success within the framework of the XIII Bienal de Flamenco in Sevilla. Once again the show was received by some of the most prestigious European theatres including Sadler´s Wells in London, the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, the Maison de la Danse in Lyon, and the Latvian National Opera in Riga. “Asimetrías” was featured in the Festival de Jerez and in flamenco festivals of Barcelona, Helsinki, Monterrey, Albuquerque, Düsseldorf and Hamburg. Marín collaborated with Andalusian performance artist Pilar Albarracín in the video piece “I Will Dance on Your Grave,” displayed in the Reales Atarazanas in Seville.

The 7th of Octubre de 2006 Marín presented “El Alba del Último Día” in the XIV Bienal de Flamenco in Seville, a show which was praised by the press as one of the best proposals of the Bienal. Marín was named Best Male Dancer of the Bienal by the Diario de Sevilla newspaper. In 2007 the show was featured in the XVII Flamenco Festival of Nîmes, in the 10th edition of Flamenco Viene del Sur in Granada and Málaga and in the Monterrey Flamenco Festival, among other events. During the summer of the same year Marín interpreted Lorca in “Poet in New York”, a production of the Centro Andaluz de Danza under the direction of Blanca Li for the 8th edition of “Lorca y Granada en los Jardines del Generalife” (Alhambra) with 38 performances and 55.000 spectators. His participation earned him a nomination for Best Male Interpretation in Dance at the Premios Max.

In 2008 the company toured with the show “El Alba del Último Día” in Holland and France, including the Opéra Comédie in Montpellier. In Spain the show was featured in the XII Festival de Jerez and the XXIV Jornadas Flamencas de Fuenlabrada in Madrid. In March Marín was invited to participate in "Le Bal de la Rose" an annual benefit gala organized by the Principality of Monaco and dedicated this year to film director Pedro Almodóvar. In April “Asimetrías” was presented in the Teatro Campoamor as part of the Festival de Danza Oviedo 2008. Marín returned as Lorca in the show “Poeta en Nueva York” for 10 performances in the Théâtre Chaillot in Paris and for another edition of the summer series “Lorca y Granada en los Jardines del Generalife” (Alhambra).

"El Cielo de tu Boca", which premiered in the XV Bienal de Flamenco in Seville, features Marín dancing to music created from the bells of experimental composer Llorenç Barber. The work was chosen to inaugurate the 2nd Dutch Flamenco Biennale, travelling subsequently to such contemporary venues as the Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona, the festivals MiRA!, Montpellier Danse 2009 or the Festival de Danse de Cannes in France. "El Cielo de tu Boca" was featured in the 12th edition of Flamenco Viene del Sur in Granada and Málaga, the Teatro Falla in Cádiz, the 17th Festival de Nîmes and the Sala Pleyel among other events. Fruit of this fertile encounter between Marín and Barber is "Somos Sonos", a show that explores the territory of performance, an open dialogue between the artists, raw and stripped of artifice.

Marín gives way to his dual passion, that of innovating and of being faithful to tradition at the same time, in "La Pasión Según Se Mire". The show, featuring the impeccable contributions of guest artists Lole Montoya, Concha Vargas, and José de la Tomasa, premiered in the 14th Festival de Jerez in 2010 to great acclaim. Following its presentation in the 16th Bienal de Flamenco in Seville, "La Pasión Según Se Mire" was awarded with 2 Giraldillo prizes. In 2011, the work was featured in venues such as the 18th Festival de Nîmes , the Maison des Arts de Créteil , or the Lucent Danstheater.

Taking as a starting point the freedom of expression that characterises his career, Andrés Marín presents "Vanguardia Jonda" and "Op.24", two intimate shows that serve as creative laboratories for the artist, which have been featured in events such as the Festival de Mont de Marsan, the Bienal de la Danza in Lyon, or the Festival Paris Quartier D’Été.

"TUÉTANO", Andrés Marín´s latest and most daring choreographic work, is ‘a journey towards the depths of our being, a return to our most organic nature’. He draws inspiration from the surrealistic texts of poet Antonin Artaud and calls upon the visceral talents of guest artists Concha Vargas and La Macanita. Co-produced and premiered in the Festival Montpellier Danse 2012 in France, "Tuétano" has been featured in festivals such as the Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla and the Fira Mediterrànea de Manresa.

2013 marks the beginning of a period of outstanding artistic collaborations. French choreographer and director Bartabas, pioneer of the combination of equestrian art, dance, music and stage, and the director of the Theatre Equestre Zingaro of Paris, invites Marín to co-create the show "Golgota", a dialogue between man, animal, dance, and the silent music of Renaissance composer Tomás Luis de Victoria. "Golgota" will enjoy more than 100 scheduled performances since its premiere in October 2013 through the 2015/2016 season.

This is not Marín´s only experience outside a traditional context of his art.  Convinced that flamenco is fully capable of  dialoguing with other art forms, and in full artistic maturity, he joined forces with hip-hop dancer/choreographer Kader Attou - director of the National Choreographic Center of La Rochelle (France) - for an encounter between flamenco and modern dance performed at the Chaillot National Theater on June 26th, together with the duo Eva Yerbabuena+Carolyn Carlson, for the first Flamenco Bienal of Paris. We could also see Marín staging the Inaugural Gala of the 19th Festival of World Sacred Music of Fez, with the presence of the Morrocan royal family in a show titled "Love is My Religion", a poetic evocation of the music and dance of Andalusia.

Apart from his activities as a dancer and choreographer, Marín directs Andrés Marín Flamenco Abierto, a dance studio and productions office based in Sevilla.