IRENE  ALVAREZ

In addition, Irene also performs as guest soloist with the guitar player Rafael Cortés, the polish Ensemble "Los Payos" (Breslauer Philharmonie), "Sevilla Mia" (Gewandhaus Leipzig: José Ramirez, Cristina Hall), and more recently the jazz/flamenco ensemble “Tiempos Nuevos (Edsart Udo de Haes, María Marín) or the BVR Flamenco Big Band (Bernard Van Rossum). She performs for the Dutch Royal Family in the t.v. Gala Koningsdag Concert 2018.

 

She collaborates in several cross-over projects - 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“ .  

2017/2019 Irene tours with the Opera “Carmen”(Bizet) in the renewed Tania Kross' production, under the musical direction and arrangements of Thijs Borsten and Arturo Ramón, with singers Tania Kross, Erminia Fernández Córdoba and Carles Denia u.o.

2017 she coproduces the play MUSA with classical guitar player and singer María Marín, (Festival Odegand, Ghent/ Festival Den Flamenka, Prague/ Brussels Flamenco Festival, Bozar, Brussels) still on tour on european theaters.

Born in Triana, Seville (1975) flamenco dancer Irene Álvarez began her training at the age of 9 under the direction of the famous 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 continue 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, 2018 and currently combines her love to the stage with her job as guest teacher and choreographer for the flamenco department at Codarts, Rotterdam.

    Having started from a traditional vision of flamenco, Irene’s years of work and study have now developed into a personal and unmistakable style, moving between an impulsive and sometimes modern expression whilst maintaining the feminine elegance defined in the Sevillian school.
    In 1992 she participated in the film ‘Sevillanas’ (Carlos Saura). From then onwards she continued to perform in tablaos and international theatres, working alongside  guitar player Antonio Andrade and the singer José Parrondo, or  the dancer Federico Ordoñez: from which she founded the group DOS, together with guitar players Alexander Gavilán and Ulrich Gottwald, and the singer Carmen Fernández.

She performs in 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