La Chispa and Company was founded and directed by Mexican native and Kresge Fellowship Foundation recipient Valeria Montes, known as La Chispa for the vibrancy and intensity of her performance. The company has performed in the United States, Mexico, and Spain. For this tour, La Chispa has assembled an international company of world-class performers, including Cantaora Ana Maria Polanco and Percusionist Israel Ktumba of Cadiz, Spain; Bailaor Jesus Munoz of the USA; Yosmel Montejo, Cuba and Guitarist Guillermo Guillen of Sevilla, Spain.
La Chispa and Company brings a fresh approach to Flamenco, combining a modern sensibility with a deep respect for traditional expression. This brings authenticity to our expression of Flamenco, affirming Flamenco’s exploratory roots. The diversity of background and experience in the company comes together in a creative synergy that infuses each workshop, class, and performance.