Maria Osende FlamencoMember Organization
The soul of Spain in the heart of Atlantic Canada
Maria Osende Flamenco is devoted to spreading the flamenco art form in Nova Scotia by:
- educating and informing audiences about Spanish arts and culture
- building a community by involving our ever-growing audience of flamenco aficionados in the province
- collaborating with groups in our community
- organizing and hosting festivals, fiestas and other events
Artistic Director Maria Osende is a highly accomplished professional dancer, teacher and choreographer. Osende’s personal and unique artistic voice ads to her deep knowledge of flamenco, ballet and contemporary dance. Her solo and company work is engaging and impeccably produced. Her vision is one of flamenco as an open artistic form that is powerful and relevant in today’s world, and that can communicate with audiences everywhere. In the fall of 2015 Osende was awarded with the “Established Artist Recognition Award” by Arts Nova Scotia and the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council.
Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, Osende started dancing at age seven with Luis Fuente, Julia Estevez and Jose Granero, and grew up strongly influenced by ballet and flamenco. At seventeen a Fulbright scholarship allowed her to deepen her ballet studies at the renown School of American Ballet in New York City. Osende danced professionally with the Compañia Nacional de Danza in Spain and the Berlin Ballet in Germany, where she was soon promoted to a soloist, working with several choreographers and performing a wide ranged repertoire of classical and contemporary dance over a period of eight years. Throughout this time, Osende developed an interest in creation and aimed for artistic freedom on stage, which inevitably brought her back to flamenco. Back in Madrid, Osende focused exclusively on flamenco at the renown Centro de Arte Flamenco Amor de Dios and shortly after started choreographing and performing.
In 2003 Osende moved to Canada, taking Halifax by storm, and turning it into an international flamenco hotspot. She has created numerous flamenco shows for her company over the past eleven years, and toured across Canada, obtaining rave reviews from critics and audience alike and becoming one of Canada’s leading flamenco artists. Her work has been described as “Some of the hottest, freshest flamenco this side of the Straight of Gibraltar“. Moving comfortably between tradition and innovation, Osende also engages in projects involving other dance forms, architecture, technology and various music genres.
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