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Flamenco Artist – Choreographer
Bio Short Summary
Marina Tamayo is a professional Flamenco Dance choreographer and teacher. She trained in Spain both with the gypsies of Sacromonte (where her family is from) and in professional Flamenco dance institutions. Tamayo has performed, taught and choreographed globally, for over 35 years. Her studies include Ballet in both RAD and Cecchetti and holds a Bachelor of Education from Curtin University. Tamayo studied Classical Pianoforte Music Composition and Theory at The Conservatorium of Music, Audio Engineering and has Postgraduate studies in Production Sound Engineering. Tamayo founded Flamenco Australia in 1998, with the purpose to reach out to the rural, national and international arts market, engaging in education, classes and performances. Tamayo created curriculum, protocol, produced and administered study and professional performance opportunities for dancers across Australia. Tamayo was a nominee in the The Australian Dance Awards 2018, for her ‘Service to Dance’, and in 2019, for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography. Recently, Tamayo has been working with former Artistic Director of The American Ballet Benjamin Millepead, as choreographer and performer in his latest project, feature film ‘ Carmen’.
Photo by M. Tamayo, Broken Hill, NSW 2021. Copyright. Do not use without permission.
Biography In Detail
Marina Tamayo is described as an artist possessing ‘duende’ – gitana. Described as “a dancer that holds nothing back” by Spanish dancer Antonio Vargas, Marina resonates with her cultural practise with dance. Aitor Hernandez (former dancer of the Nacional Ballet of Spain ) described Marina as “one of the most powerful artists I have met on stage, crafting magic in her every movement”.
As a soloist, Marina has performed in theatre, commercial and independent television, short and international feature film, national and international contemporary dance and curated arts festivals. Her interest in artistic cutting edge and independent projects has been at the forefront of her performing career.
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Marina Tamayo is a freelance teacher and choreographer. Studying ballet, Jazz and Spanish Dance in Adelaide SA, Tamayo moved to Sydney to pursue teaching and performance. Tamayo’s first public Flamenco classes were in Sydney at The Sydney Dance Company, Spanish Dance School, and The Spanish Club Sydney. Later, Marina opened her own professional Flamenco studio and formed the company, Flamenco Australia, 1998.
Flamenco Australia has been operating for twenty-five years. It hosts international artists, produces major dance works, engages Australian community in classes, tutorials, festivals and shows. The company contributes to bridging the gap between Australia and Spain.
in 1998, Flamenco Australia reached out to the international arts market, drawing artists to Australia to share their expertise in formal classes and performances. Tamayo produced and administrated study opportunities for dancers across Australia to Spain, for professional careers.
Finalist in the The Australian Dance Awards 2018, for her ‘Service to Dance’, presented by the Australian Dance Council.
- Recognised for her commitment, passion and dedication to the arts, cultural community sectors and her extensive contributions of twenty five years which scope both regional, nation arts education, creative performance and arts business sectors.
Finalist, 2019 Australian Dance Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography
- In 2020, Marinas collaborative dance company Hernandez Tamayo was Australia’s first Spanish Dance Company to be a finalist in the Choreographic awards for their work EMERALD.
Featured in several Spanish books, music videos and University research documentary thesis papers.
- Roger James, Bringing Back the Damsons Meditative Poems
- North Sydney Studio of Dancing,
- Nellie Bennet, Only in SPAIN – The New Season, Where’s your Culo?
- Miguel Maestre Cooking Bookings, TAPAS Vol I & vol II.
As a choreographer, Tamayo is dedicated to quality and authentic creative process. As an advocate for social justice, Marina promotes inquiry inside and outside boundaries to promote discussion, challenge ideas, and assumptions in varied contexts. The purpose of this deep inquiry is to contribute towards social change, for equity in all living beings, throgh performing arts.
Tamayos theatre works are guided by Andalusian folklore and storytelling. These choreographies often explore human nature, our needs for connection and include personal narratives. Tamayo’s intentions for her dance performance and choreographic contributions connect and inspire her audience, to be a voice for the unspoken, to listen to the unheard and contribute to a more mindful society.
Marina specialises in theatre, television and film. Choreographic clients include Wolf Blass, Emirates, Merrivale, SBS, Channel 7, Channel 10, FOX, Disney Kids, Australian Grand Prix, Soccer Australia, Miguel Maestre.
Artistic partnerships include, international artists Michael Boyd, Ame Delves , Carmelo Pizzino (GPO Cabaret, 2005 – 2010); Aitor Hernandez Sanzano (Nacional Ballet of Spain) and Jesus Olmedo (London Flamenco Soul) from Madrid (Tablao, Theatre, 2009 – 2019) and Francesco Ventriglia & Neil Christopher (The Choreographic Centre, 2021).
Currently, Marina is working on a project to choreograph and perform on the feature film CARMEN by Benjamin Millepead and Goalpost Productions, Executive Producer Rosemary Blight. In this film, Tamayo coached the talented actress from Pedro Amolvodovar films Rossy D’Palma, Melissa Barrera (Film) from Scream. Tamayo was selected by Benjamin Millepead and Goalpost Productions, for the role as Zilah, mother of Carmen. Benjamin Millepead is a film maker and former dancer, choreographer of The American Ballet Theatre and Opera Ballet of Paris , currently Artistic Director of LADP L.A Dance Project.
In July 2021, Marina was offered a position as faculty character teacher of the ATOD, Australian Teachers of Dancing Certificate IV/ Diploma course for full time Ballerinas, at CB121 (Classical Ballet 121). Marina works alongside former Royal Ballet Company dancers Gillie Reevie and Iohna Loots.
In September 2021, Artistic Director Francesco Ventriglia invited Tamayo to be faculty at Thehttps://www.sydneychoreographiccentre.com/, with Sylvie Guillum as Patron. Ventriglia is an internationally recognised choreographer who brings to Sydney Choreographic Centre decades of experience and unparalleled contacts with important dance figures around the world. Francesco is also a choreographer of classical and contemporary ballet, having works performed internationally by companies such as La Scala Ballet, Arena di Verona, Bolshoi Theatre, the Mariinsky Ballet, Grande Théâtre du Genève, Royal New Zealand Ballet, the National Ballet of Uruguay, and at the Venice Biennale. (Extracted from The Sydney Choreographic Centre).
Long term clients include;
- Ambassador of culture Miguel Maestre in his marketing Spanish culinary campaigns and TV shows
- Paulette Clark at Ribbleton Warmbloods as the worldwide MovementART Master instructor
- Local business operator Kevin Bowen at Alegrias Spanish Restaurant, choreographing and managing their Spanish dance entertainment.
- Classical Ballet 121, Gillie Reevie Classical Ballet Full time Dance
- Jesus Olmedo, Flamenco London.
INERTIA. Photo by Adam Sills, 2016. Peacock Theatre, Tasmania. Copyright. Do not use photo without permission.
Marinas objective to promote Spanish and Gypsy culture for the Australian society is designed and delivered in a contemporary context.
Photo by Cassie Strain, Hobart, Tasmania, 2019. Copyright. Do not use without permission.
Marina Tamayo has dedicated her career towards raising the level of professional Flamenco dance practises within the industry. This is achieved by adhering to and aligning with safe dance practises, writing contemporary curriculum, embedding professional assessment and protocols and quality education. Academically, Tamayo committed herself to gaining formal teaching and project qualifications to ensure professional standards are achieved. The following are some academic studies;
- Degree in Bachelor of Education, Diploma in Audio Engineering and Production Engineering, Certificate in Project Management, Contract Law, Business Analysis, Effective Communications, Implementation of Projects. Further studies in both pianoforte classical piano at the Conservatorium of music and Theory of music, composition.
EMERALD. Photo by M. Tamayo. Hobart MOVES Contemporary Dance Festival, 2018. Copyright. Do not use without permission.
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EMERALD, crossed various dance disciplines, and was presented in a contemporary format. It was constructed through an arts residency of Professor Kelly Drummond-Cawthon and premiered in Hobart, Tasmania, NSW at the MOVE Contemporary Dance Festival. It was included into the Festival of Auckland Arts program and was presented at the Auckland Fringe, New Zealand season. The show received five stars and rave theatre reviews. EMERALD picked another award for its courtier costumes designed by James Penrose (Melbourne) and Hernandez Tamayo at the Auckland Fringe Festival, New Zealand, 2020 for ‘Best Costuming’.
Photo by Susan Sisel, Hernandez Tamayo in EMERALD 2018, Tasmania. Do not reproduce without permission.
Hernandez Tamayo company was supported by Professor Kelly Cawthon Drummond by offering a Artist in Residence in Moonah Arts Theatre to create and produce EMERALD. Further support was received by philanthropist Doctor Neralie Wise. The technical team included Aaaron Lee – Music Editor, Jonathon Abatte Ramirez – Guitarist, Jason James – Lighting Design, Les Allistair – Set Design, and James Penrose – Costume Design.
Tamayo is a classically trained musician and studied at The Conservatorium of Music in Piano, SA – SA School of Music studying music composition, School of Audio Engineering obtaining a Diploma in Audio Engineering & Certificate in Production Engineering, SAE Studios, and has a Bachelor of Education from Curtin University.
Marina has studied Metaphysics, Contract Law, Critical Thinking at Macquarie University, RAD and Cecchetti Ballet, and comprehensively studied Flamenco in Spain, mostly in Madrid Granada, and Jerez.
Marina was the Founder and Director for the Adelaide Hills Performing Arts Centre, South Australian rep for ADAP – The Australian Dance Assessment Programme 1993 – 1998, and is currently the Director of Flamenco Australia , Co- Artistic Director of Hernandez Tamayo Spanish Dance Theatre, and Flamenco Sydney.
FOLKMENCO Photo by Sandi Sissel, 2017 Moonah Arts, Tasmania. Copyright. Permission needed to use phot, Jo.
As a choreographer, Marina is dedicated to quality and authentic creative process. As an advocate for social justice, Marina promotes inquiry inside and outside boundaries to promote discussion, challenge ideas, assumptions in varied contexts. The purpose of this deep inquiry is to contribute towards social change for equity in all living beings.
Marina’s theatre works are guided by folklore and storytelling. These choreographies often explore human nature, our needs for connection and include personal narratives. Tamayo’s intentions are for her dance performances and choreographic contributions to connect and inspire her audience, to be a voice for the unspoken, to listen to the unheard and contribute to a more mindful society.