The Princess of Asturias Awards they honor flamingo. the singer carmen linares and the dancer and choreographer Maria Pages have been awarded the Princess of the Arts Award, as announced by the organization from Oviedo. The jury highlighted that both are “part of the genealogy of contemporary flamenco” and that “they have expanded cante and baile based on respect for tradition, betting on expanding its expressive channelsthus promoting the universal character of an extraordinary cultural, popular and sensory heritage”.
The ruling also recognizes “his desire for permanent exploration” and that “his work provides flamenco with new tools while at the same time amplifying the language of a cultural expression that is experiencing a moment of splendor and searching for new horizons”. For the jury, “both creators unfold experiences in their careers that vindicate flamenco as one of the most suggestive musical genres of our time and a perennial and unique artistic event“.
In addition to highlighting both of them as “two of the most important flamenco figures of recent decades”, the award highlights the fact that, with their work, “both have opened paths of repercussion not only artistically but also socially and have become example of work, talent and dedication for future generations”.
Carmen Pacheco, singing legend
Carmen Pacheco Rodriguez, born in Linares, Jaen in 1951 and artistically known as carmen linaresis considered one of the most complete singers with the greatest knowledge of flamenco styles and has recorded reference albums such as Popular Songs of Lorca, singer Y Anthology of women singing which is considered by critics to be one of the best albums in the history of flamenco, and where, accompanied by guitarists such as little tomato, Vincent Friend, Moraito, Pepe Bean, Raphael Riqueni Y Jose Antonio Rodriguez among others, she interprets forgotten cantes and rescues some traditional styles of cantaoras, to put her stamp on them.
For flamenco experts, she is one of the most important voices in cante, on a par with names such as Enrique Morente, Camarón or La Niña de los Peines, and is part of an incomparable generation of singers and singers.
Linares is the only flamenco woman who has achieved the Spanish National Music Award in the category of interpretation (2011). In addition, she has won the Prize of the French Academy of Recording (1991), the Gold Medal of Fine Arts (2006) or the Prize of the National Association of Flamenco Art Critics (1995). Linares is immersed in a tour with a show that celebrates her more than forty years on stage.
María Pagés, innovator of flamenco dance
The dancer and choreographer Maria Pages (Seville, 1963), He began his professional career with the Antonio Gades company and in 1990 he founded the María Pagés Company with which he has created choreographic works such as Sun and shadow (1990), from the moon to the wind (1994), The Andalusian Dog. jokes (nineteen ninety six), Flemish Republic (2001), Songs before a war (2004) or Utopia. In 2002 she obtained the National Dance Award.
Considered a bridge between the tradition and modernity of flamenco, her work is internationally recognized, performing in the most prestigious theaters in the world such as the Radio City Music Hall (New York), the Chaillot Theater (Paris), the Parco della Musica Auditorium ( Rome), the Roman Theater (Verona), the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (Germany), the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the Tokyo International Forum, the Fall for Dance Festival in New York, the Chekhov Festival in Moscow or the Seville Flamenco Biennial.
First prize of the 2022 awards
The one for the Arts was the first award to be awarded this year. Last year, the Princess of the Arts Award went to Marina Abramovic, and, in previous editions, it has distinguished Ennio Morricone and John Williams, the English playwright Peter Brook, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Haneke, Norman Foster, Woody Allen, Paco de Lucía, Vittorio Gassmann, William Kentridge or Bob Dylan, among others.
The Princess of Asturias Awards are intended to reward “the scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work carried out by people, institutions, groups of people or institutions in the international arena”.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.