Patricia Linares: The Live Art of Flamenco

By YaYa Silva

“Arabic letters, shimmery songs of Andalusia, and sober Castilian profiles are drawn in the air that surrounds Patricia Linares. Her eyes speak of lost cities and of memories of sea and wheat fields. Someone or something has sentenced this woman to poetry, to the unusual feelings of things, and to a painful amazement before beauty. A Mexican, she has attracted Spanish dances to her place with magical threads; where Patricia Linares is, there are also the Albaicín, the high moors, minarets, the white houses awaiting death, and the rumor of the Guadalquivir, river of rivers …” (fragment by Maridel Garcia).

Callejón Flamenco
Wed, Jul 1, 7pm
Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
Col San Rafael
Tickets at La Biblioteca
150 pesos

Destiny and interpretative passion make up Patricia Linares. A singer, choreographer, researcher, and tremendous dancer, she began her studies of Spanish classical dance, ballet, and flamenco in Mexico City in 1963. Then she started a nonstop refinement of this art, acquiring lessons from representative teachers in Mexico and in Spain, among them Manolo Corrales “El Mimbre,” Mario Maya, Matilde Coral, and Manolo Marín, to name just a few who have helped her to polish the beauty and passion of flamenco dancing.

Restless and committed to her art, she entered the National School of Music where, for four years, she acquired more tools to complement her artistic expression. With this important background and experience, she became a flamenco professor and researcher.

Patricia Linares also stands out for important work as founder of the Mexican Institute of Flamencology in Mexico City, now with an extension of its Cultural Center of Flamenco Art in San Miguel Allende. Throughout her career she has participated in festivals and forums in Mexico, Spain, and Canada. Her work has won numerous awards, notably the Special Mention of the Jury at the Eleventh National Competition of Flamenco Art in Córdoba in 1986. She was the first foreign dancer to receive this recognition in the competition’s 30-year history.


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