Valeria Montes


Title:  Flamenco in Performance: Raices /Roots

Medium: Dance Performance

Year Created: 2011

Valeria Montes has emerged as the most talked about Flamenco artist in Michigan, with her performances called “mesmerizing” by The Detroit Free Press and “beauty in motion” by Metro Times. Known as “La Chispa” (The Spark), she learned her art in her native Mexico and The United States, and perfected it with the masters of Flamenco Puro (Pure Flamenco) in Spain. Montes is known for her passionate and graceful interpretation of Flamenco cante (song) and her complex rhythmic zapateado (footwork). For her Art X Detroit performances, Ms. Montes is joined by some of the nation’s most gifted Flamenco Artists: acclaimed singers Alfonso Cid, Chayito Champion and Vincente Griego; renowned guitarist Jose de la Vega; and nationally-recognized dancer Jesus Munoz.

Montes states her inspiration for Raices/Roots came from her desire to introduce Detroit audiences to the roots of Flamenco, as it is performed in its birthplace of Andalucia, in southern Spain. As her project progressed she found herself exploring her own roots. She claims it became an exciting and sometimes scary journey of self-discovery. It has made her look deep into herself to understand where she came from and where she wants to go. Montes hopes that Raices/Roots will not only take the audience on a journey to the roots of Flamenco, but will also make them seek to find an emotional connection to the ways in which we all develop as human beings. Montes believes that Flamenco, like life itself, is deeply connected. She hopes that it will become a very real place in your heart…your roots.

Please note the following change for the performance time of Raices/Roots: 9:30 – 11:00 pm – Detroit Institute of Art – Rivera Court (Valeria Montes’ performance time on Sunday, April 10, at MOCAD, remains the same: 3:30-5:00pm.)