Tamara Adira
Arte y Pasión​

​​FLAMENCO - COMPOSITION

Tamara Adira Arte y Pasión is a company comprised of Independent interdisciplinary Artists accomplished in their own right. It is known for being among the most contemporary of Spanish dance companies in the United States, whose mission is to share and promote the authentic art of flamenco, while exploring evolution and specific subject matter.

SAN ANTONIO SA300 TRICENTENNIAL EVENTS PARTNER
ARTIST FOUNDATION AWARDS WINNER, Choreography, Theatrical Production

PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICOLE MARIE MOORE
 and OSCAR MORENO 

Performances

  1. 17 Aug
    SIETE AGUAS: LIVE AT SA Museum of Art

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    San Antonio Museum of Art Arte y Pasión SIETE AGUAS Festival de Arte at SAMA, 1:30pm
  2. 4 Sep
    SIETE AGUAS: LIVE AT SA Museum of Art

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    Siete Aguas addresses the City of San Antonio at the fulcrum of its development between 300 years past and 300 years into the future, grounding the relationship of the seven acequias to San Antonio’s placement in space and time.
  3. 13 Sep
    GALLERY OPENING: NICOLE MARIE MOORE ARTE Y PASION PHOTOGRAPHER

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    An intimate performance to open the gallery honoring the years of photography by Nicole Marie Moore, Arte y Pasion and flamenco photographer.
  4. 10 NOV
    LUMINARIA PRESENTS ARTE Y PASION AGUITAS, AGUONAS

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  1. Mi Sombra, Mi Luz (por Tarantos)
    LUMINARIA 2016 Presents Arte y Pasion Una Flor en el Cruce - under artistic direction of Tamara Adira Dancer: Tamara Adira Singers: Chayito Champion Guitar: Luisma Ramos, Alejandro País Violin: Darian Thomas Cello: Luke Bonecutter
  2. Estrellas (Por Siguiriyas)
    "ESTRELLAS" Tamara Adira, Chayito Champion, April 2017 A piece about genetic memory of trauma in the ancestors of the holocaust.
  3. Shiva Sits
    COLORES presented by the Carver Community Cultural Center under artistic direction by Tamara Adira Dancers: Rochelle Banuet, Stephan Gaeth, Melissa Cruz, Illeana Gomez, Tamara Adira Violin: Darian Thomas Cello: Luke Bonecutter
  4. Angel of Gravity
    Arte y Pasion presents Angel of Gravity with Tamara Adira and Stephan Gaeth The Uptown Studio, San Antonio, Texas
  5. Janese Odom, Tamara Adira, Stephan Gaeth "Shoshana's Dream: O Red Rose"
    Darian Thomas violin, Luke Bonecutter cello Luminaria 2016 The Carver Jo Long Theaterr
  6. Por Farruca Tamara Adira
    "Frutas del Eter" Fruits of the Ether, 042417 The Koehler Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio Texas with Chayito Champion, Luisma Ramos, Luke Bonecutter Darian Thomas and Jessica Ahr
  7. Habanera
    Tamara Adira and Janese Odom Darian Thomas and Luke Bonecutter "Frutas del Eter" Fruits of the Ether April 24 2017 The Koehler Cultural Arts Center
  8. La Foglia
    Darian Thomas Arte y Pasion presents Algoritmos The Jump Start Theater

About Us

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Arte y Pasión, led by dancer and artistic director, Tamara Adira, is a company known for pushing the boundaries of flamenco and Spanish dance. Each performance is a visually stunning theatrical event comprised of independent artists, each highly accomplished, who come together to form one of the most contemporary Spanish dance companies in the country.  Arte y Pasión’s mission is to share and promote the authentic art of flamenco, while exploring evolution and specific subject matter. 
  
Our talent base and combined experience includes work with the late great Jose Greco, performances for the Ambassador of Spain, presidents of the United States and foreign dignitaries, at such venues from Casa Patas to Carnegie Hall, from Broadway to Spain.  We bring this experience to bear in our community in San Antonio, Texas, and work every chance we get with the youth of San Antonio in theaters, dance companies and schools.

The international attention we have garnered has drawn participation of artists from such places as Madrid, Sevilla, Marseilles, San Francisco and New Mexico.  At every step we seek to improve ourselves in our work, training and mentoring with our collaborators.  In turn, we've become a mentoring company as well: young artists are inheriting our future. To this end, we nurture their trajectories in our collaborations while building our own. 

We are honored to have shared the stage with late great Maestros of flamenco Teo Morca and Timo Lozano and worked under the great artist of experimental performance art, John Cage.
    
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"Magnificent."
-Marco Aquino, San Antonio Notes

“Always remembering the masters of flamenco, Adira keeps a keen eye to the future. Bridging both the traditional and the new school, Adira proves to be one of the most creative visions in the South Texas flamenco scene.”
– The Rivard Report

“Adira combines her ongoing dedication to traditional technique with her evolving passion for contemporary form and creates unique productions filled with breathtaking moments. Her collaborations with talented musicians, singers, and visual artists have produced some new and unexpected directions resulting in an experimental art form that is rooted in authenticity.”
– The Artist Foundation of San Antonio

“The best female Farruca I have ever seen.”  – San Antonio Express News

“visually striking....both daring and innovative. Incorporating elements of flamenco, classical Spanish and contemporary dance…. strong and masculine yet graceful and delicately beautiful.” - The Paisano Magazine

“[Angel of Gravity], choreographed by Adira for herself and Gaeth, the piece was...infused with the spirit and flair of flamenco.....both dancers wore the train skirt known as bata de cola and used it beautifully to amplify the dramatic movement vocabulary while invoking a story of a deeply affecting encounter between two people.” - The San Antonio Express News

“Sublime, simple, gorgeous, intelligent. So many layers of intelligence. One of the most beautiful performances I’ve ever seen.”
- The Artist Foundation of San Antonio

 “....illusive butterfly with the dynamo wings... inspiring the rhythm and need to breathe... it inspires the "godsend" relief from inequity...it is pure in form and honest in intent...it is our basic instinct to survive...”.
-- Melissa Husby, Fine Artist

Artistic Direction

   
Tamara Adira is a dancer, choreographer, and producer.  She is the founder and Artistic Director of Tamara Adira Arte y Pasión.
In 2018, Adira’s company Arte y Pasión was picked up by the San Antonio Tricentennial Commission as an official Event Partner for her yearlong project Siete Aguas.  Arte y Pasion’s most recent project was Sanctorum, a ceremony for the internment of a musical time capsule in honor of the San Antonio College Multicultural Conference honoring the San Antonio Tricentennial SA300.  As Tamara is known for her work across mediums bridging gaps between music and cultures, she was most recently seen in featured as soloist in Oliver Rajamani’s Flamenco India, and Andrea Vocab Sanderson’s Bad Mama Jama Mixtape.
Adira’s company was also hand picked on the season of the Carver Community Cultural Center, Luminaria and We Flamenco Fest to produce projects specific to their events. Adira has produced and directed such productions as Tribus, Estrellas, A Glass of Wine, Algoritmos, Angel of Gravity, Ventanas, Dibujos, Generaciones, Arte y Pasión, and Flamencos.
Her productions have garnered the participation of artists from such places as Madrid, Sevilla, Marseilles, San Francisco and New Mexico. Some past highlights of her career include a  runway performance for America's Next Top Model, a performance for the Vice President of Nicaragua, a US National Presidential Convention, and performance in a John Cage original production.  She is 2015 winner of the Artist Foundation of San Antonio Department for Culture & Creative Development award for “Original Choreography” and 2010 winner of the Artist Foundation of San Antonio Bernard Lifshutz Award for “Original Theatrical Production.”  She has choreographed for such companies as the Fine Arts Ballet Theater of Temecula, California, the City of San Antonio’s pre-professional Groups Fandango and Alamotion and the Alas Theater Troupe of the San Antonio based Say Sí Theater.
She has studied and shared the stage with such artists as the late greats maestros of flamenco, Teo Morca and Timo Lozano. Counterbalancing her studies in traditional flamenco, Adira leverages her experience in experimental and contemporary performance, demonstrated by her Harvard University residency under John Cage. 

“Always remembering the masters of flamenco, Adira keeps a keen eye to the future. Bridging both the traditional and the new school, Adira proves to be one of the most creative visions in the South Texas flamenco scene.”
– The Rivard Report


 
    

Additional Details

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Arte y Pasión’s mission is to share and promote the authentic art of flamenco, while exploring evolution and specific subject matter. While the company is comprised of flamenco dance, guitar and flamenco singing, Arte y Pasión is known for having weaved into its artistic vocabulary disciplines such as modern dance, violin, cello, opera, spoken word, fine and performance art to generate juxtapositions and contrasts that elevate the purity of flamenco to an electrifying theatrical event.


In 2018, Arte y Pasión was selected as San Antonio Tricentennial Arts Partner for their yearlong project Siete Aguas. In 2016, Arte y Pasión was picked up by the Carver Community Cultural Center on their season and by Luminaria to perform Una Flor en el Cruce in November 2016.  Arte y Pasión is also known for such productions as Tribus, Frutas del Eter, Nascent|Nation, Estrellas, A Glass of Wine, Algoritmos, Angel of Gravity, Ventanas, Dibujos, Generaciones, Arte y Pasión, and Flamencos. Members of Arte y Pasión have been awarded Artist Foundation of San Antonio Department for Original Choreography, Original Theatrical Production, Original Costume Design and Original Song Composition.  

San Antonio Woman Magazine: Her Arte y Pasion
 
Compassionate San Antonio: Arte y Pasion Sanctorum
 
Nascent|Nation Explores the Minority Experience in America
 
Arte y Pasion Pushing the Boundaries of Flamenco
 
All The Little Stars: An Education on Humanity with Tamara Adira 
 
Arte y Pasión’s "A Glass of Wine" Among the Highlights of We Flamenco Fest
 
Review on Arte y Pasion’s COLORES
 
Arte y Pasión’s ‘Colores’ Brings Flamenco to The Carver
 
Carver Center Introduces a Slew of Seasonal Performances
 
Review on Arte y Pasion’s Angel of Gravity 
 
Arte y Pasión’s ‘Algoritmos’ Lands at Jump-Start
 
Femina-X and Arte y Pasión together in concert
 
Arte y Pasion: Flamenco in San Antonio
 
Flamencos is Arte y Pasion’s New Work
 


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It takes a lot to put together our events and projects.  
Gasoline, food, miles on the car, costumes, hauling and repairing equipment, hours of rehearsal, training, studying, and everything beyond that we do to keep the sword sharpened and our level the best we can be at that moment.  
Wth your support, we can keep things going in so many ways. For example:

$25 will fill our ice chest backstage with alkaline waters, almonds and kombucha.
$50 will fund one tank of gas or pay for a meal.
$100 will subsidize private training with a master, pay for meals during rehearsal, or subsidize the water bill.
$150 will subsidize fans for the company or subsidize extra costs for a tablao performance.
$200 will fund one new pair of flamenco shoes, 
subsidize extra costs for a performance, or subsidize the electric bill.
$300 will subsidize a performance.
$500 will fund a new costume, subsidize a performance, or a workshop with a master. 
$1000-5000 will subsidize a new artistic project.


Thanks to the following Patrons and Supporters.
Without your support, we couldn't continue our work.

The Carver Community Cultural Center
Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival
The Equinox Gallery
San Antonio College Multicultural Conference
The Brick
Encendido
The Artist Foundation of San Antonio
SA300 San Antonio Tricentennial Arts Commission
​The Jump Start Theater
​Blue Star Contemporary Arts Center