About the author
2015 Arik Einstein Cultural Director Award.
Commander of the Order of Civil Merit, granted by Juan Carlos I, King of Spain 2008.
Awarded the Rosenblum Prize for the Performing Arts – Lifetime Achievement Award 2004.
Awarded the I.A.A (Israel Artists Association) Lifetime Achievement 2011.
Silvia Duran was born to a family of musicians with Spanish roots in South Africa. At the age of 12 she saw the great dancer Antonio El Bailarin and that day decided on a future as a flamenco dancer. She studied flamenco and classical ballet in South Africa with Bernice Lloyd, Mercedes Molina, Enrique Segovia, Louisa Cortes, Natalie Stern.
Silvia Duran delivers master classes and lectures around the world.
Every year Silvia Duran returns to Spain to catch up on the development of Spanish dance and flamenco. Every year, the best teachers are invited to her school in Tel Aviv to give a summer course in collaboration with the Spanish Embassy in Israel.
During her 14 years of residence in Spain, Silvia Duran has performed as a soloist in the most important dance companies in the country: Antonio, Luisilio, Paco Ruiz, Fernando Belmonte; As the representative of Spanish culture with the Jose Antonio in EXPOTUR she appeared before kings and presidents around the world.
Studied with the greatest teachers: Victoria Eugenie, La Quica, Mercedes Leon, Peko Fernandez, Juanjo Liners, Pedro Asurin.
Since immigrating to Israel, she has produced 5 solo programs.
The school she founded in Tel Aviv operates under the acknowledgment of the Spanish Embassy and under the patronage of the late Antonio, the greatest of Spanish dancer. At her school and dance company (the first in Israel) she raised generations of professional dancers, including all the renowned names in the world of flamenco in Israel today.
Her performances in Israel as a soloist and with her company include performances throughout the country with world-renowned artists at international festivals, among them: Manolo Marin Solera 2004, Tel Aviv Dance Festival 2009 and 2013; Madrid Dance Festival 2010 and 2011.
Silvia's activities in Spain
1973: A tour of Spain together with Carmen Mora at all the important halls for the show “Recital Flamenco”.
1972: Silvia formed her company with Enrique Soto, Jose Ortega ‘Manzanita’ Sebastian ‘El Pelao’ and performed with them and with singer Eartha Kitt.
1971-1973: For 3 years Silvia appeared regularly as an ‘Attracion’ in Madrid’s prestigious flamenco table, Cafe De Chinitas, alongside great artists of the time: Rosario, Serranito, Carmen Mora, “El Farruco”, Rafael El Negro, Matilde Coral, El Guito, Sordera de Jerez, Vicente Soto, Enrique Soto, Tere Maya,Toni Maya, Jose Merce.
1967-1971: She appeared as a representative of Spanish culture around the world together with Expotur, The Official Dance Company of Spain, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Information of the Spanish government. In this role she performed before kings and presidents.
1964-1967: Performed in some of the most important halls and opera houses in the world together with the leading bands in Spain, such as: Antonio, Luisillo, Paco Ruiz, Fernando Belmonte, El Camborio, Jose Antonio Carmen Rojas, Carmen Mora.
Silvia's activities in Israel
2010: In March 2010 Silvia Duran was invited to perform and lecture at one of 4 evenings dedicated to 4 flamenco stars as part of the Pottery Festival, one of the most important festivals in Spain.
2009: In February 2009, Silvia Duran performed at the Felicia Blumenthal Hall in Tel Aviv, alongside classical musicians in a new program called: “The Virtuosity of the Castanets in Dance, and Music”. In October Silvia Duran was invited to perform at Juilliard in collaboration with Tali Roth, classical guitarist, which heads the classical guitar department at Juilliard. In November, Silvia staged a new production called Andalucia Lejana at Suzanne Dellal Festival as part of a similar production that staged in 2007 in Tokyo in collaboration with Yoko Komatsubara.
2008: In May 2008, Silvia taught a master class and performed at Juilliard, New York, in collaboration with Tali Roth, who directs the pre-college Classic Guitar program at Juilliard. In July 2008, Duran participated in a panel, as the representative of Spanish culture in Israel, at El Rey Juan Carlos University in Aranjuez Spain.
2007: In March 2007 Silvia Duran and her company performed very successfully in Tokyo Japan at the HAIYUZA Theater in collaboration with Yoko Komatsubara and top Spanish artists, including Francisco Velasco in the production “Andalucía Lejana”. 30th anniversary celebrations of the Silvia Duran Spanish Dance Center with Gala appearance at the Suzanne Dellal Center and performance at Inbal Theater
2005: Silvia collaborated with classical guitarist from New York, Tali Roth. Together they created the program “Spanish Nights”. She was invited as a Movement Coach by singer Milena Kitic for her role in “Carmen” at the Metropolitan Opera – New York. She also delivered master classes and lectures in New York, Los Angeles, Sanlucar de Barrameda – Cadiz – Spain.
2004: Presented her new program “Solera – in a Fragrance of Past Time” together with Maestro Manolo Marin, dancers from her company, pianist Alexander Ivanov and violinist Pavel Levin. Duran was commissioned by the Los Angeles Opera, under the direction of Placido Domingo, to create the choreography and perform as a soloist in a joint production with the Royal Theater of Madrid Teatro Real in the opera “Carmen”, directed by Sagi Emilio. Silvia was also invited to give a master class at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – Los Angeles Music Center.
2003: Commissioned by the Teatro Real in Madrid to create the choreography of “Fandango” produced by Mozart’s opera “Bodas de Figaro” under the direction of Marco Marelli.
2002: Commissioned by the New Israeli Opera to create the choreography for the opera “Carmen” in a joint production with the Royal Theater “Teatro Real” of Madrid directed by the great director Emilio Sagi. He invited Silvia to dance in the production and created a special role for her – cards reader in Lilas Pastia’s Inn as a solo character dancer. Silvia was invited by the Teatro Real in Madrid to perform with Antonio Marquez and his company as a solo character dancer in the opera “Carmen” and give Spanish dance movement lessons to the solo singers of the production. She also created a choreography for Carmen’s solo at the Inn for Beatriz Uria Monzon.
2000-2008: Silvia Duran is invited every year by the La Argentinita Dance Association in Sanlucar de Barrameda, Cadiz, Spain, to conduct master classes, lectures and workshops at the Sanlucar de Barrameda Dance Center.
1998: Appears with Maestro Manolo Marin in the production “Sol y Sombra” (“Flamenco Days” – Keren Adi).
1995: The Israel International Festival in Jerusalem – Silvia Duran’s company has performed in the production of the opera “Carmen” by the Royal Opera Covent Garden, London with Maria Ewing and choreography by Cristina Hoyos. International Guitar Festival – Silvia Duran, was the artistic director of the festival’s flamenco performances.
1990-2008: Silvia and her company perform at the anniversary of the opening of the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv. She and her company performed at the Suzanne Dellal Center regularly at festivals and performances ever since.
1986: For 6 years, the Silvia Duran flamenco company performed at the home of the Spanish Ambassador for the King of Spain’s Sacred Day – El Dia de San Juan.
1984: Silvia introduces her flamenco company for the first time.
1978-1981: Silvia returns to Spain every year to perform as a guest artist at the Cafe De Chinitas in Madrid.
1978: Duran established 2 associations: The Association for the Promotion and Development of Spanish Dance in Israel and the Association for the Promotion and Development of Spanish Dance and Spanish Culture in Israel. Honorary President of the 2 Associations is Antonio El Bailarin.
1977: She opens her school, the first school of Spanish dance and flamenco in Israel with her own curriculum, approved by the great Spanish dancer Antonio El Bailarin. The school is recognized by the Spanish Embassy in Israel.
1984 – 1976: She has created about 5 solo programs and has performed in all major cities, kibbutzim and development towns, in schools and universities throughout the country while her performances are subsidized by the Ministry of Education and Culture (Art for the People).
1975: Silvia Duran arrives to Israel as a new immigrant.
1973: With the start of the Yom Kippur War, she came to Israel as a volunteer artist from Spain to perform for IDF soldiers at the warfront and in hospitals.
Awards and Tributes
2008: (A) Silvia received a Medal of Honor from JUAN CARLOS, King of Spain: Encomienda De La Orden Del Merito Civil, in recognition of her contribution to Spain and the Spanish people.
(B) Tribute at a reception at the home of the Spanish Ambassador in Israel Mirapeix Don Eudaldo Mirapeix & Sra Elizabeth De.
2007: Tribute at the Karmiel International Dance Festival.
2004: Awarded the 2004 Rosenblum Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Performing Arts by the Tel Aviv Municipality. The award was presented at an impressive ceremony at the Einav Cultural Center in the presence of the Mayor, Mr. Ron Huldai, and other dignitaries.
2000: (A) Receives the Shield of Sanlucar de Barrameda (Cadiz) from the Sanlucar municipality for her contribution to Spanish dance and Spanish culture inside and outside Spain.
(B) International Guitar Festival – a tribute evening to Silvia Duran for her art, work and achievements in the field of Spanish dance. In an exciting and special evening, her former students: Neta Shizaf, Michal Natan, Carmel Natan, Yael Assaf and Or-Nili Azulai performed at the Einav Cultural Center, Tel Aviv, to a full house with no seat available.
(C) Selected as one of the 3 representatives of Spanish culture in Israel by the Cervantes Institute (Official Representation of Spanish Culture in the World), to take part in the reading of “Don Quixote” at the Cervantes day ceremony, which was broadcast live on satellite to all Spanish-speaking countries in the world.
1993: Silvia Duran is introduced to King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophia of Spain in recognition of her art and contribution to Spanish dance and Spanish culture in Israel.
1991: Awarded an honorary award by the Association for the Friendship of Israel and Spain in the presence of the Spanish Ambassador Don Pedro Aquirrebengoa, for her art and contribution to Spanish dance and Spanish culture in Israel.
1986: An honorary Award is given to Silvia by the Spanish Ambassador Don Pedro Aquirrebengoa for Her contribution to Spanish dance and Spanish culture in Israel.
1975 “DanzeasGlamencas” Single Program No. 1
1977 “Viva” Single Program No. 2
1979 “Silvia Solo” Single Program No. 3
1980 “Imagenes” Single Program No. 4
1981 “Andalucía” Single Program No. 5
1986 “Fiesta” The flagship show of the Silvia Duran flamenco company. Still in production in various formats – for example” Fiesta 1987 “, “Mini Fiesta” etc.
1988 “A Window into the Magical World of Flamenco”
1995 “The King and the Gypsy” – a children’s show
2007 “Anda Jaleo”
2008 “Toma Que Toma”
2006 “Spanish Night”
2007 “Andelucia Lejana”
2009 “The Virtuosity of the Castanets”
2010 “Fiesta Flamenca”
2011 “El Encanto Del Flamemco”
2011 “In the spirit of Flamenco”
2012 “Danzas Espanolas”
2013 “Alma Espanola”
2013 “Gala Flamenca”
2013 “El Sabor Del Flamenco”