Rosario & Victor
Flamenco’s first couple
Mexican-born, Spanish-trained ROSARIO ANCER launched her professional career in Spain in 1980, when she joined Ballet Español Antonio del Castillo with whom she toured throughout Portugal, Italy, and Northern Spain. In 1981, she was invited to perform in the prestigious Tablao Flamenco Arco de Cuchilleros in Madrid and later toured Mallorca and South East Aisa with the Paco Mundo and Maria Velasquez Dance Company.
After moving to Vancouver in 1989, she and her guitarist husband Victor Kolstee co-founded their school Centro Flamenco, the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival, and The Rosario Ancer Flamenco Arts Society “Flamenco Rosario”. Amongst the works she has created for the company are: RAICES: An Exploration to the Tangled Roots of Flamenco, Flamenco Ayer y Hoy, Fantasía Flamenca, Danzas de España, Ritmo y Pasión, Guadalquivir, Los Cuatro Vientos, Mis Hermanas; Thicker Than Water My Sisters and I, La Monarca and more recently Quadrilogue Affective. As an interpreter of Flamenco dance, Rosario Ancer is more interested in the continuing growth of the art form than in simply reiterating its past.
In addition to creating and performing for her company, Rosario regularly appeared with organizations such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Opera and has been the focus of documentaries and television specials. She has received choreography awards from the Canada Arts Council and the BC Council for the Arts and in 2000 she received a YWCA nomination for the Women of Distinction Award for Arts and Culture. Called by the press “The Mother of Flamenco in Vancouver”, she heads up Centro Flamenco, Flamenco Rosario Professional Training Program, and leads workshops across Canada and in Mexico. With her work, Rosario strives to honour her teachers and mentors: Rosario Zambrano, Ciro, and Maria Magdalena.
For her contributions in bringing excellence in dance to British Columbia and creation of Mis Hermanas, Rosario was awarded the Isadora Award for Excellence in Choreography in 2009, given by The Dance Centre on behalf of the BC Dance Community. In 2012, she was nominated for the Inspirational Latino Award for Arts & Culture in Vancouver. Capturing Vancouver’s rich history and culture, Rosario Ancer was honoured with the Mayor’s Arts Award 2012 for making a significant contribution to the creative life in the city. In 2016, Rosario was presented with Lola Award by the Dance Centre on behalf of her peers and colleagues in Vancouver dance community.
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 that took them to Mallorca, Bangkok and Moscow. Victor performed regularly in 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 the music director for Flamenco Rosario, arranging and composing the music for all the company’s original creations. He has performed extensively for local organizations such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Arts Umbrella, and is a much sought after teacher. He released his inaugural CD, Tocaor, featuring some performances from past Flamenco Festival guest artists including Antonio de Jerez, José Lara and Jesus Montoya. Victor was the focus of documentary Men of Music produced by Amerimage-spectra which was broadcasted nation wide. Victor travels regularly to Spain to keep current with contemporary flamenco trends. He teaches guitar at Centro Flamenco and has mentored many young guitarists. You can catch Victor playing regularly at the Chai Lounge on Main Street.