After a successful career in Spain Rosario Ancer and her Vancouverite husband guitarist Victor Kolstee moved to Vancouver in 1989, where they co-funded their school Centro Flamenco, the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival, The Flamenco Rosario Arts Society (Flamenco Rosario) and its Professional Training Program. As an interpreter of flamenco, Rosario is more interested in the continuing growth of the art form than in simply reiterating its past, exploring new possibilities by crossing boundaries of both history and culture.
Her open-ended collaborations and experimentation intercrossing nontraditional choreographic work with visual arts, computer programming, music composition, lighting and stage design, are clear prove of Rosario’s risk taking artistic spirit and dedication to flamenco dance innovation outside flamenco’s traditional scenography, opening up an entirely new dimension of flamenco storytelling that demonstrates the tremendous multidisciplinary potential of contemporary flamenco dance in contrast to stereotypical perceptions.
Called by the press “The Mother of Flamenco in Vancouver”, she received the 2009 Isadora Award for Excellence in Chorography for the creation of “Mis Hermanas” and for her contributions in brining excellence in dance to British Columbia. As one who captures Vancouver’s rich history and culture and making a significant contribution to the creative life in the city, she was honored with the 2012 Mayor’s Arts Award in Dance. She captured the prestigious and esteemed 2016 Lola Award given by The Dance Centre, for her unflagging dedication to flamenco innovation, pursued through multidisciplinary collaborations and a progressive exploration and deconstruction of the form.
She received a 2001 YWMCA nomination for the Women of Distinction Award for Arts and Culture, and a 2012 nomination for the Inspirational Latino Award for Arts.
Through her work she has created a platform where Flamenco and a new generation of flamenco artists flourish in Vancouver and have created a east bound bridge that connects the wide national flamenco community.
Her award wining work “Mis Hermanas” toured internationally in Mexico in 2010 and in British Columbia and the Yukon in 2013 as part of Made In BC touring initiatives for contemporary dance. Her work “La Monarca” will be touring British Columbia in the spring of 2018.
A storyteller, she is a visceral and emotive performer, leaving a lasting impression on her audiences.
Victor Kolstee has studied with a number of outstanding guitarists, most notably Diego and Paco del Gastor, Justo de Badajoz and Victor Monje ‘Serranito’. In 1979 he moved to Spain where he met Rosario Ancer. They married in 1982 and shortly after joined El Ballet Español Maria Velasquez y Paco Mundo which took them to Mallorca, Bangkok and Moscow. Victor performed regularly in the Café de Silverio in Madrid, Penas flamencas, private fiestas, Spanish radio and television and with Lolo de Cadiz and ‘Los Brindis’. Since returning to Vancouver and the inception of Flamenco Rosario in 1989, Victor has been music director for the company. As well he performs extensively for such organizations as Mozaico Flamenco and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Recently he released his inaugural CD, Tocaor, featuring some performances from past Flamenco Festival guest artists including Antonio de Jerez, Jośé Lara and Jesus Montoya.