Flamenco artist Fiona Malena
Fiona Malena - Solea
Flamenco artist Fiona Malena is the inspiration for The Dance Current’s May/June 2018 cover art, created by illustrator Iveta Karpathyova, in honour of our twentieth anniversary.
Now based in Calgary, Malena received her training and formation as a dancer in Seville, Spain. Her acclaimed teachers include Farruquito, Concha Vargas and Isabel Bayón, among others. She is the artistic director of the non-profit organization Fiona Malena Flamenco Society and director of the Calgary International Flamenco Festival since it’s inception. With her ensemble, she has performed across Canada, Israel, Germany, Spain, the United States, Mexico and the United Kingdom.   

Often collaborating with Spain’s top flamenco artists such as El Torombo, José Anillo, Ramón Martínez, Juan Ogalla, David Palomar and Pedro Sierra, Malena has choreographed new works for the stage since 2001. In 2012, Fiona presented Eclipse at the Vancouver International Flamenco festival (Waterfront Theatre) and toured Western Canada, culminating in opening for esteemed dancer Manuel Liñan.

A defining quality of Malena’s artistic trajectory is her work with unusual instrumentation and energized fusion such as Jazz-flamenco projects, including performances with saxophonist Oliver Miguel and multiple Juno award winner Cuban-Jazz pianist Hilario Durán. She has also taught workshops and mounted choreography for various professional performing companies, including at the Sadler’s Wells studios (Escuela de Baile Londres) in London, UK. 

Learn more >> fionamalena.com

Liron Man: Hangs & Guitarra
Elena Morales: Cante
Oliver Miguel: Saxophone & Percussion
Marinella Suriani: Palmas
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