Though firmly rooted in Spain, flamenco has a migratory tradition, one that began hundreds of years ago in distant lands and continues its worldly wanderings to this day. It’s appropriate, then, that the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company has returned to its customary, though temporary, residence at the María Benítez Cabaret room in Santa Fe for the summer season, following a winter and spring tour through the eastern United States. Siddi and his company are slated to perform six nights a week for an impressive eight weeks, starting Tuesday, July 2, and running through Sept. 1. In a conversation with Pasatiempo, the dancer and choreographer discussed plans for the upcoming season, in addition to elucidating the long history of the cultural form.
Siddi was born in Frankfurt and comes from an international background. “My mother was from Barcelona, Spain, and my father is Italian. They met in Germany, and they were members of an immigrant group.” This society was devoted to maintaining cultural traditions from other European countries, including flamenco. “This is where I started dancing when I was a kid. Since then, I’ve never stopped.”