June 18, 2021
An international superstar and heir to the most renowned Gypsy* flamenco dynasty, Spanish dancer Farruquito is hailed by the New York Times as “the greatest flamenco dancer of this new century.” With a stellar cast of dancers, musicians, and vocalists, Farruquito evokes a journey through this stirring dance form full of sensations and freedom.
Farruquito has created, choreographed, and directed over 15 works since the age of 11 and has been hailed by critics and audiences alike for his prodigious artistry, incredible personality, profound poetry, and captivating beauty. His performances are powerful, raw, true expressions of pure Gypsy flamenco.
After a triumphant 30-city North American tour in 2019, the King of Flamenco returns to North America for a coast-to-coast tour with a new production in the 2022-2023 season. In Íntimo, Farruquito recounts the origins and history of flamenco, showing the dance in its purest state. Intimate but imbued with strength, the performance reveals the most personal side of Farruquito, who introduces the audience to traditional and distinguished flamenco styles such as tangos, soleá, bulerías, and alegrías. Together with a stellar cast of dancers, musicians, and vocalists, Farruquito evokes a journey through flamenco full of sensations and of freedom — returning to his roots while contemplating the world from within.
Son of flamenco singer Juan Fernández Flores “El Moreno” and dancer Rosario Montoya Manzano “La Farruca” and the eldest of four brothers (Juan Antonio Fernández Montoya “El Farru,” Manuel Fernández Montoya “El Carpeta,” and Alegría Fernández Montoya), he was immersed in the purest form of flamenco founded by his grandfather, “El Farruco,” one of the greatest dancers in the history of flamenco.
His first international stage appearance was at the age of four, on Broadway in New York City alongside his grandfather in the hit show Flamenco Puro. At the age of 11, he was featured in the film Flamenco, produced by the legendary film director Carlos Saura, which launched Farruquito’s career and positioned him amongst the most elite flamenco artists of the world. That same year, together with the flamenco legends in his family, he created and choreographed Bodas de Gloria. In 1992 he had the honor of sharing the stage with his grandfather at the inauguration of the Paralympic Games of Barcelona.
When Farruquito was 15, El Farruco, the then-patriarch of the flamenco dynasty, passed, and Farruquito became the heir of the Farruco flamenco lineage. That same year he created his first show, Raíces Flamencas (Flamenco Roots), which not only distinguished his mastery as a dancer but also gave him the opportunity to showcase the traditions of his prodigious flamenco line.
In 2001 he was named the “best artist to have set foot in the Big Apple” (New York Times) after his performance of La Len Varo at the Flamenco Festival in the United States. The following year, Farruquito triumphed in his native city of Seville, with a full season at the Central Theater. After his wildly successful performance at the third season of the Flamenco Festival in the United States, he embarked on a cross country tour of the U.S.
Due to tragic events in his personal life, Farruquito was absent from the performance stage, but returned in summer of 2008 with his new production, Puro. In 2010 he premiered Sonerías at the Bienal de Flamenco of Seville, where his audiences experienced the raw roots of flamenco with a theatrical flair that they had never seen from him. Invited by the prestigious fashion label Louis Vuitton, Farruquito later starred in Mirror of Passion.
“Farruquito triumphed in the premiere of Baile Flamenco” (El Mundo) after a sold-out season of this show with costumes designed by Louis Vuitton and Berlutti. In 2013 Farruquito created Improvisao, a show returning to his roots and demonstrating what he learned in this profession: a fusion of singing, guitar, and dance at his highest level with the quest of creating something new every day.
In 2015 Farruquito was invited to dance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in four sold-out gala concerts of an adapted version of Amor Brujo directed by Gustavo Dudamel at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. He then returned to the United States for a coast-to-coast tour in 2016. Farruquito has made it his life’s mission to share the purest form of flamenco on stages all around the world.
This is Farruquito's first performance at the Moss Arts Center.
This performance is supported in part by a gift from Ms. Constance Cedras.
*To many, the word “Gypsy,” referring to Roma people who migrated from India centuries ago, is pejorative. However, Farruquito uses the term for himself, considering himself the principal inheritor of one of the greatest Gypsy flamenco bloodlines.