Al Margen is a New York-based flamenco dance company that explores traditional boundaries in the form through a contemporary lens. Co-founded in 2016 by Maria de los Angeles and Ryan Rockmore, Al Margen seeks to challenge the stereotypical ideas of flamenco and strip the style down to its most basic elements as we attempt to discover, What is flamenco? Rockmore, with his academic research lens, and de los Angeles, with her strong base in multiple dance styles, both manipulate and experiment with flamenco through their individual backgrounds. Al Margen is entering its second year as a company in residence at Teatro Círculo, a Pan-Latino and Spanish theater company based in New York City’s East Village. After presenting their first work, Adorno, for the inaugural season, in 2017, Rockmore & de los Angeles are now creating a new work that examines Lorca and his theory of duende. Through multimedia and interdisciplinary approaches to the form, Al Margen continues to push the boundaries of flamenco, with respect to traditional customs, and explore what exists on the margins of the art form.
Maria de los Angeles
Maria de los Angeles is a native New Yorker, and began her dance studies at Ballet Hispanico with Melinda Marquez. In 2002, she apprenticed with the American Bolero Dance Company, studying with its founder Gabriela Granados. In 2004 and 2005, she attended the Cristina Heeren program in Sevilla, where she studied with Carmen Ledesma, Rafael Campallo, and Milagros Menjibar. In 2008, she attended Jacob’s Pillow, studying with Soledad Barrio. After her tablao debut in 2003, at Alegrias en La Nacional, she has been performing regularly with local artists, and as a featured soloist with the Melinda Marquez Flamenco Dance Center.
Ryan Rockmore is a flamenco dancer and researcher in New York. He has studied with Carmen Ledesma, Merche Esmeralda, La Choni, Victorio Korjhan, La Meira, Rafaela Carrasco, and Marco Flores. His performance experience includes venues throughout New York, London, Madrid, and Sevilla. He conducted research in Spain as a Fulbright grantee, and completed a Master’s in Dance Anthropology, from Roehampton University. Most recently, he presented works exploring queerness and flamenco at Dixon Place and as an artist in residence with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. Rockmore continues to investigate and publish on the intersections of identity politics, gender performance, and flamenco.