A passionate reflection of cultural identity by Nelida Tirado who stumbles upon flamenco accidentally through her mother's desires to keep her connected to the roots of her native music and dance of Bomba and Plena. This embarks her on a challenging journey between bomba, salsa, and flamenco "dancing between cultures" in celebration of her authentic self where music and dance transcends and blurs lines of politics, race, and identity. The show features original music by Gonzalo Grau (piano and vocals), and Roberto Castellon (flamenco guitar), in addition to Eddie Torres Jr. (dancer), Jose Moreno (flamenco singer,cajon), Flaco Navaja (salsa singer,poetry) and Marcos Lopez (latin percussion).
Nelida Tirado, hailed as “magnificent” (NY Times), began her formal training at Ballet Hispanico of New York at the age of six. Barely out of her teens, she was invited to tour the U.S. with Jose Molina Bailes Espanoles and work as a soloist in Carlota Santana’s Flamenco Vivo, soloist/ dance captain of Compania Maria Pages and Compania Antonio El Pipa, performing at prestigious flamenco festivals and television in Spain and throughout France, Italy, UK, Germany , Mexico, Poland and Japan. She has performed in “Carmen” with the Metropolitan Opera of NY, World Music Institute’s “Gypsy Caravan 1 ”, with “Noche Flamenca” and was featured flamenco star in Riverdance” on Broadway. Ms. Tirado currently was recipient of the 2007 and 2010 BRIO Award for Artistic Excellence, was featured as one of Dance Magazines "25 to Watch" and opened with her company Summer 2010 for Buena Vista Social Club featuring Omara Portoundo for the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. Most recent highlights include “Amores Quebrados” at the Repertorio Espanol, “Dance Under the Influence” 2011 & 2012 in collaboration with the Flamenco Festival USA and collaboration with jazz great Wynton Marsalis at Harvard University and the 2016 premiere of her solo show "Dime Quien Soy" in the Flamenco Festival NY. She is the recipient of the 2017 Rosario Dawson Muse Fellow.