Xianix Barrera, a native New Yorker, produces flamenco performances that highlight bold and tenacious female artists and their unapologetically robust femininity. Female empowerment, queer themes, sexual identity and social justice color her choreographic work and create the focal point for the company she founded in 2012; Xianix Barrera Flamenco Company. With a background in ballet, modern, jazz and percussive studies, Xianix has dedicated herself to the lifelong study of flamenco with the masters of the art form in both New York and Spain. Throughout her career she has shared the stage with revered artists such as Isabel Bayón, Raquel Heredia, and Rosario Toledo, Soledad Barrio (Noche Flamenca) and Juan Ogalla on some of the most important stages in the world including The Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center, the Red Theater in Abu Dhabi and Cafe Silverio in Sevilla, Spain.
Continuously pushing boundaries, her most recent production, "Mujeres", which featured a rare all female cast, solidified an ongoing creative collaboration with revered female guitarist and composer Antonia Jiménez. Xianix has received ongoing recognition for her work; she was a scholarship recipient for the Flamenco Program at the School of Jacob's Pillow, an Artist in Residence with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, and a SU-CASA community arts engagement grantee. Most recently she was nominated for a Bessie Award for Outstanding Performer for her role in "Latido" as part of the Emerging Choreographer Series at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center produced by Mare Nostrum Elements.
Xianix also gives classes and conducts workshops for the Joyce Theater and New York City Center and is dedicated to the ongoing education of adults, children and elders throughout New York City.