Im-Possible Dance Company
Cristina Teresa Hall (USA/SP) & Samantha Alcon (FR/SP)
Cristina Hall began studying flamenco dance as a teenager in her native city of San Francisco, California. She moved to Seville, Spain, and began to study with renowned flamenco artists such as Israel Galván, Andrés Marín, Antonio Canales, Farruquito, Eva Yerbabuena, Manuela Ríos. She has performed alongside artists such as Israel Galván, Andrés Marín, Mnuela Rios, Pastora Galván, Juana la del Pipa, amongst many others. Her creation “Blackbird” – a modern flamenco work set to the Nina Simone song -was a finalist in the Sadler’s Wells dance choreography competition in London. She won second place in the “I Corcuso Internacional del Tablao las Carboneras de Madrid,” and then danced as a visiting artist in the prestigious tablao’s cuadro. She has performed in prestigious flamenco festivals in Spain such as the Festival de Jerez and the Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla. She has worked with French choreographer Yann Lheureux where together they created the solo piece, “Cristina,” which premiered in the Festival-OFF in Avignon, France, and then toured throughout many regions of that country. Cristina has choreographed and performed in her own productions such as “El Sonido del Silencio,” which toured throughout Canada and the U.S., “La Charla,” and most recently “Translucido” which premiered in the Flamenco Festival Dusseldorf in Germany at the Tanzhaus Nrw Theatre. Currently alongside fellow dancer Samantah Alcon together they created their own dance company Im-Posible where they continue to explore and discover new ways of interpreting and expressing flamenco.
Samantha was born in Béziers, France. She commenced her flamenco dance training at age 15 with flamenco gypsy artists the Montoya family. In 2003, she moved to Seville, Spain to further develop her flamenco training studying with artists such as Alicia Márquez, Manolo Marín, Ramón Martínez, Ursula López, Pilar Ortega, Juana Amaya, José Galván, Manolete, Adela and Rafael Campallo, amongst many others.
She has performed in many prestigious flamenco companies of artists such as José Galván and Andrés Marín and has collaborated in works by the renowned photographer Ruven Afanador and movie director David Lynch. She has performed in many different tablaos and peñas throughout Seville and the rest of Spain. She has taught in flamenco schools such as that of Alicia Márquez and Andrés Marín Flamenco Abierto Studio and was invited to teach and perform in Kobe Japan for six months. She recently presented her latest creation SOLO FLAMENCO in the Flamenco Festival Esch, Luxembuorg. Currently alongside fellow dancer Cristina Hall they created the company Im-Possible where they are developing and exploring new ways of experimenting flamenco.