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Medianoche is a dance and music company based in San Francisco.
Rethinking the structure, vocabulary and meaning of Flamenco to create personal, contemporary North-American pieces.​

Medianoche accommodates itself with what there is, but makes it its own.

Marie Deschênes

Dance & Direction

Trained in ballet from the age of 3, Marie later studied flamenco in Sevilla, Spain. She also has training in voice and stage acting.

She founded Medianoche in 2007.

A grant holder from the CAC, she has performed at venues like the Montalvo Arts Center, Paris' Le Chat Noir, l'Église du Gesù, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the Upstairs Jazz.

Marie studied literature and later majored in philosophy at UQÀM and University College London.


Her poems have been published in Mœbius Magazine Littéraire, and put to music by American contemporary composer Isaiah Ceccarelli for Bréviaire d'épuisements, released on Ambiances Magnétiques Label in 2010.

Chris Cucuzza

Guitar & Composition

Chris majored in music at University of California at Berkeley, and later studied in Flamenco in Malaga and Sevilla, Spain.


He has performed in numerous venues in the past 20 years, with many flamenco artists, mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Montreal, Canada.

In 2015 and 2016, he performed at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival, with percussionist Miguel Medina.


His current projects are musical composition, in collaboration with dancer Marie Deschênes, while also performing in flamenco tablaos, presenting mostly his solo work.


Miguel Medina

Percussion, guest collaborator

Miguel's training in music in Mexico led him to Paris, where he developed his skills and accompanied modern dancers, preparing him to his career in flamenco.

A fantastic improviser with a great artistic sense, Miguel is one of the most interesting and talented flamenco percussionist in North America. He currently resides in Montréal.


He also directs short movies for his own company, rhizome films.

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There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is on a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.

Martha Graham

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