Flamenco dancer Jesús Carmona was born in Barcelona, studied Spanish dance and flamenco, began his career as first dancer of the Ballet Nacional de España and worked in the companies of Carmen Cortés, Güito, Rafael Amargo, Canales, La Truco and Nuevo Ballet Español among others. After winning the Desplante prize for dance in La Unión in 2012, and debuting with his company “Cuna Negra” in the last Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla, he has firmly found a place in the new generation of flamenco artists with a lot to say and a lot to dance.
“The rapacious way he strides across stage space is terrific, the fast-slicing percussiveness of his feet is brilliant, and the glamorously alert lines and shapes he made through-out the body were almost as radiant as his smiles.”
“The brilliant incisiveness of his footwork raised the evening’s tension”
The New York Times
Born in Barcelona in 1985, Jesús Carmona began his dance training at age seven. He graduated with a degree in Spanish Dance and Flamenco from the Institute of Theatre and Dance of Barcelona in 2004.
Carmona made his professional debut at the Teatro Zorrilla in Barcelona at age 16. Since then, he has worked with diverse companies such as the Ballet Nacional de España as first dancer, Nuevo Ballet Español, Carmen Cortes, El Guito, and Antonio Canales, amongst others. Carmona’s technique, style and art have been well received by the critics.
Carmona won the prestigious First Dance Award at the 52nd Festival de cante de las Minas de la Union 2012, the “First Outstanding Dancer” in the XX Flamenco and Spanish dance Contest 2011, and the 3rd prize for choreography in the competition Nou Barris in 2001.”
Carmona’s desire to showcase his personal side and pave his way into the arts led him to leave the National Ballet of Spain and embark on a new adventure in “Black and white crib”. The show was a critical and audience success at the Bienal de Sevilla 2012, Madrid en Danza 2012 and Festival de Jerez 2013. . In 2014 he presented 7 Balcones, the second production with his own company. In this same year he participated in tribute-to Carmen Amaya La Capitana presented at the National Theatre of Catalonia alongside Rocío Molina, Mayte Martín and Ramón Oller. He was principal dancer alongside Antonio Canales, Karime Amaya and Carlos Rodríguez at the Flamenco Festival Gala Flamenca, touring around the world and obtaining great reviews from press and audience. The Miami Nuevo Herald said: “2014 will be in our memories as the year that Jesús Carmona visited Miami”.
In 2015 he premiered his third production, called Impetus’s (“bursting with energy”). A piece of it was presented successfully in the 2015 Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center. He also presented in Miami and Los Angeles in 2017. In January 2018, he created Camino for the famous Corral de la Moreria (Madrid). After a successful tour in London and the United States with Impetu’s, Jesús Carmona presented Amator in April.
Friday 9 March
Jesús Carmona, Joaquín de Luz, David Neumann
Artistic residence: exploring stillnessJOAQUIN DE LUZ & JESÚS CARMONA. Director: David Neumann Studio…Read more
Thursday 4 July
Jesús Carmona, Andrés Mérida, Sabio Janiak, Ivan Bavcevic
Be Bold. Be Heard. Poetry + FlamencoWork-in-progress Sharing Three Spanish artists working in the spirit of…Read more
Wednesday 10 July
Dorantes, Tim Ries, Adam Ben Ezra, Jesús Carmona
Flamenco Meets Jazz LondonThis program brings together three exceptional artists who have been…Read more
Saturday 13 July
Residency SharingFormed over an intensive week-long artistic residency with the festival,…Read more