Juan Manuel Fernández Montoya (Seville, August 15, 1982), better known as Farruquito, is the son of cantaor Juan Fernández Flores “El Moreno” and dancer Rosario Montoya Manzano “La Farruca”, he is the eldest of four brothers Juan Antonio Fernandez Montoya “El Farru”, Manuel Fernandez Montoya “El Carpeta” and Alegria Fernandez Montoya.
Heir to a unique school founded by Farruco, his grandfather, he has spent his entire life immersed in the purest flamenco art. He debuted on the international scene at age 4 on Broadway with the show “Puro” sharing the poster with the most legendary figures of Flamenco, including his family. With 8 years he presented his first season in Sala Zambra in Madrid. At age 11, he took part in the video clip Camarón Nuestro and the following year in the film Flamenco by Carlos Saura, face to face with the patriarch of the saga, El Farruco. That same year with his family at Gloria’s wedding, he participated in the artistic and choreographic conception of the show.
In 1992 he participated... +
...in the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games of Barcelona and with his grandfather, El Farruco, in the Andalusian Pavilion of the Universal Exposition of Seville (1992) with the show Present, Past and Future. The death of Farruco in 1997 supposes the relief: to the fifteen years, Farruquito assumes the responsibility to perpetuate the lineage.
With 15 years of age he creates his first show, Raíces Flamencas, in which a dancer is distinguished with a new dimension that combines all his tradition with a prodigious personal artistic conception. Since its debut at the Royal Festival Hall of Lóndres this show of the purest and most racial flamenco has been presented with great success at the Teatro de la Villa and Conde Duque in Madrid, at the Poliorama Theater in Barcelona and on international tours in France and Japan .
In 2001 he presented “La Len Varo” at the First Flamenco Festival of the United States. After his performances in New York and Boston, The New York Times considered him “the best artist who stepped on the big apple in 2001″. The following year Farruquito triumphs in his hometown, Seville, with a season at the Teatro Central. The same year he performs at the Max Awards Gala.
In 2003, during the months of January and February, he achieved an unprecedented success in the III edition of the United States Flamenco Festival with his brother Farruco of 14 years. Head of the show For Right, he toured eleven North American cities where critics surrendered to his art and personality. Likewise, his participation in the Flamenco Festival of Madrid at the Albéniz Theater or Jerez Theater at the Villamarta Theater was a resounding success for critics and audiences alike.
In 2003, Farruquito did not go unnoticed in the eyes of photographer Richard Avedon, who worked for the designer Antonio Miró, being chosen by the American magazine People as one of the most beautiful people in the world. That same year the Music Academy awarded him for his lyrics “Dulce cinnamon” from the album María de Niña Pastori and for the sound of his feet on the record tribute to Jeros. Simultaneously the dancer continued at the head of his dance academy located in Seville, which disseminates the precepts of the Farruco school. During the month of November he premiered his Alma Vieja show with great success at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville. The success was repeated at the Teatro Albéniz in Madrid, where for five days all venues were sold out and at the Victoria Theater in Barcelona. Since then Alma Alma tour has toured the stages of Spain, United Kingdom, Italy, among others.
In 2004 Farruquito received the recognition of the press and the public with various prizes such as the Public Award for the best bailaor, the Premio Flamenco Hoy, the Telón Chivas Award for the best dance performer, and the prestigious 2004 APDE award for the worthy custodian of the heritage of the gypsy dance.
After a long absence from the stages, on July 24, 2008 he premiered “Puro” with 14 musicians on stage and a great technical deployment in Palma de Mallorca, Jerez and Seville (XIII Flamenco Biennial) with unanimous criticism: Farruquito returns to reign !. He goes through countries such as Israel, Mexico or Holland, with significant success and recognition.
In 2010 he premiered at the Flamenco Biennial of Seville, his show Sonerías, with a choreography full of impressive nuances of traditional and ancient styles, in which he poses a theatricality that breaks with his previous proposals. Travel to France, invited by the prestigious fashion house Louis Vuitton, dance in the Mirror of Passion show.
In September 2011 he premiered his new show Baile Flamenco at the Teatro Compac in Madrid, for 4 consecutive days and with Sold Out on all dates, with which he received critics such as: “Farruquito triumphs at the premiere of Flamenco Dance” (El Mundo , 11/16/2011). In Baile Flamenco, the costumes were made by prestigious brand Louis Vuitton and Berlutti. Farruquito.
In Abolengo (2012) Farruquito invites Karime Amaya, niece of the famous dancer Carmen Amaya to share the stage with him. Abolengo is a tribute to his elders, who inherited an unparalleled cultural pattern and who learned by force of delivery and conviction; It is a show centered on a conception of dance that combines perfectionism and spontaneity, with a tailor made musical coupling of dream: voice, guitar, violin and percussion. Abolengo has been awarded in October 2012 in Costa Rica.
In 2013 Farruquito reflects the truth and roots of flamenco at its highest level with “Improvisao”, in the words of the artist himself, “it is a return to my origins and a sample of what I learned in this profession; sing, guitar and dance melted with total freedom to create a different show every day “. A show that takes us to a traditional and magical universe, an art of celebration of life, in which the dancer and his musicians are the center of artistic creation, without any artifice, with improvisation as leitmotiv.
Farruquito continued to create, this time for the Flamenco Biennial of Seville in 2014, Pinacendá is Andalusia in the gypsy dialect. It means a walk through each of the Andalusian provinces through the Farruquito dance. The experiences of a gypsy, flamenco and in love with the art of his land. In this show he showed his love for Andalusia and the influence he has had, has and will have in his way of dancing. “He dances the way he is,” his grandfather Farruco reminded him, and Farruquito is Andalusian and tries to feed off his land. After the success of his presentation, he was awarded the 2014 Giraldillo de Baile Prize.
In 2015, among many shows and great festivals, Farruquito is invited to dance with Venezuelan bailaora Siudy Garrido and the Los Angeles Philharmonic “LA PHIL” directed by Venezuelan Gustavo Dudamel, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, with all the locations sold out in four galas, the proposal was framed in an adaptation of Amor Brujo in the company of the cantaora Argentina.
In 2016, he embarks on a massive tour that takes him to visit the most important cities of the United States within the framework of the Flamenco Festival. On this tour, he again receives critics from The New York Time that classifies him as the best flamenco dancer in the world. On this tour he also visits Germany, United Kingdom. In that same year he returned to the Flamenco Biennial of Seville to premiere his show “Baile Moreno”.