Mónica de la Fuente is a dancer, choreographer and specialist in Indian performing arts, and she has been focused on the creation and dissemination of Indian classical and contemporary dance for the last 20 years. She was trained in Bharata Natyam and Kathakali classical dance (1994 – 2000) in the most prestigious dance academies of India, Kalakshetra (Madras) and Kalamandalam and Margi (Kerala) with the support of the Government of India (ICCR) and the Government of Spain (AECID).
In 2000 she founded her own dance-theatre company in Spain; and she has been performing in multiple festivals and theatres in India, Europe and the USA since then. She has brought on the one hand her classical dance performances from India, and on the other hand her contemporary and experimental dance-theatre creations to all these countries.
From all her contemporary dance choreographies, there are some which standout such as Laya Chitra (2008) made for the Saint Dennis Festival accompanied by the musician Ravi Prasad, and La voz del cuerpo premiered on the Círculo de Bellas Artes of Madrid which has been staged in festivals such as FACYL in Salamanca and the Raisins Format Festival in France.
Some of her theatrical works that standout are some adaptations from the epic poem of Ramayana “Ramlila, un viaje 100 rupias” for the TAC, Festival Internacional de Teatro y Artes de Calle of Valladolid and “Lila, Rama’s Play” in collaboration with the Thrissus Drama School and Sangeeta Nataka Akademy in Kerala, India.
Additionally, she has created choreographies for operas such as Los Pescadores de perlas by Bizet and Edgar, by Puccini; and other collaborations with flamenco such as Roots, Living traditions: Flamenco – India (2009), a collectively creation India – Spain for the Heritage Festival in Ahmedabad, India; Indalusia (2011) together with the renowned flamenco-jazz musician Jorge Pardo in Qatar. And she has also created her own indo Spanish productions such as Flamencarnatic (2014) and Rasa – Duende (2015) together with the flamenco singer José Salinas, she had aids from the Acción Cultural Española and PICE in order to recreate these performances.
Mónica has recently worked as artistic coordinator, Indian dance scenes choreographer and as performer in the spectacle “Flamenco India” directed by Carlos Saura and premiered at the Teatro Calderón of Valladolid in October 2015.
She regularly collaborates with the musician Ravi Prasad. They also teach dance and movement courses at the Espace Ravi Prasad in Toulouse, France. Monica normally conducts performing arts courses at House of India in Valladolid, and she also gives lectures at some universities and academies of dramatic arts.
PUBLICATIONS BY MONICA DE LA FUENTE
“Teatro Sánscrito Kutiyattam: obra maestra del patrimonio artístico de la humanidad”, Papeles de la India vol. 30, no. 2. Delhi: Indian Council for Cultural Relations, 2001, pp12-18
“Akka Mahadevi, mística del sur de la India (siglo XII),” Mística Medieval Hindú. Edición de Swami Satyananda Saraswati. Centro Internacional de Estudios Místicos de Ávila, Madrid, Editorial Trotta 2003.
“El regalo de la danza”. Papeles de la India, volume 33, Number 1, 2004
“El regalo de la danza”. Doce Notas, Revista de música y arte. 13 Al calor de Oriente, 2004
“Danza Clásica Bharata Natyam”, part of the DVD series “Colección Sangita y Natya: Música y Artes Escénicas de la India” University of Valladolid, 2006. DVD.
“Teatro Kathakali”, from the DVD collection “Sangita y Natya: Música y Artes Escénicas de la India” University of Valladolid, 2006 y 2015. DVD.
“Danza Clásica Bharata Natyam y Teatro Kathakali”, en Sangita y Natya: Música y Artes Escénicas de la India. University of Valladolid, 2006.
“La danza india moderna y contemporánea” Revista cultural Contrastes nº 53 India, 2009
“La danza Bharata Natyam”. Papeles de la India, volume 38, number 1, 2009
“El teatro kathakali”. La ratonera, Revista asturiana de teatro nº 39, Junio 2014