Ensemble Español

Dancer / Choreographer

About Manolete

Manuel Santiago Maya (popularly known by the stage name Manolete) was born in Cuevas del Sacromonte, Granada (Spain) in 1945. He's a Spanish choreographer and dancer.

Continuing the path of his brother, the guitarist Juan Santiago Maya "Marote", he went to Madrid with only fifteen years. There he met the generation of first-line dancers known as Pilar López Júlvez, Antonio Gades, Mario Maya or El Guito, from whom he learned flamenco dancing. Soon after, he joined the companies of figures from the 1970s such as Manuela Vargas, María Albaicín or La Chunga. As a result of these tours, Manolete was discovered in Japan.

The 1980s was full of success: guest artist of the National Ballet of Spain, first dancer in the show Macama Jonda -where his credential was forged, the farruca-, participant in the Flamenco Summit, couple with El Güito and bailaor in Los Tarantos by Alfredo Mañas.

After a prolonged international journey, he returned to Spain with the show Flamenco Soy -with which he opened the Festival de Jerez in 1998-, making stops in venues such as the cultural cycle in Madrid, Los Veranos de la Villa, the Nuevo Apolo Theater and the Roman Theater of Merida.

In 1996, he premiered a version of El amor brujo and had a prominent role at the Flamenco Biennial of Seville, a festival he returned to during the 2000 edition with El Güito with "Sólo Flamenco".

In addition, he has been working for years as a flamenco dance teacher in classrooms around the world. He founded in 2009, together with the City Council of Granada, the International Flamenco School "Manolete", in the auditorium of La Chumbera.

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