A Vida Flamenca Production ()
Sunday, June 26, 2022 - 6:30 PM - The Broad Stage Santa Monica, CA
FESTIVAL CUMBRE FLAMENCA
Flamenco Show Direct from Spain with Dancers Antonio Molina El Choro & Sonia Olla
Sun., June 26, 2022, 6:30pm
The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, California 90401
All Seating Reserved + Free Parking
Weaving a rich tapestry of culture, soul, and multi-faceted heritage, flamenco captures the essence and expressiveness of Spain. Vida Flamenca is proud to present the unique artistic collaboration of Antonio Molina - El Choro (Huelva) and Sonia Olla (Barcelona) two of the most exciting flamenco dancers of their generation. Showcased at the sublimely intimate, state-of-the-art Eli & Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica, - Cumbre Flamenca - Flamenco Festival marks its return from a 2-year world-wide pause to bring a unique and fearless experience deeply rooted in the flamenco cultural history.
Additional dancers and musicians include; singers Jesus Corbacho (Huelva), Ismael Fernandez (Sevilla), and Miguel Rosendo (Cadiz), and guitarist Juani de la Isla (San Fernando, Cadiz). Augmenting our show includes the exceptional dancing the Zermeno Dance Academy from Santa Barbara, California.
ANTONIO MOLINA, El Choro, Dancer/Choreographer
Through his desire to dance as a natural means of
expression, El Choro immediately transfixes the audience anxious for truth
Born in Huelva, El Choro has performed throughout Andalusian with numerous flamenco companies including those of Israel Galvan, Eva la Yerbabuena (Eva), Mercedes Ruiz and with Rafael Campallo at the Villamarta Theatre as part of the Jerez Flamenco Festival. He has also performed as part of the Flamenco Festival in Monterrey, Mexico, the International House in Philadelphia, The Danny Kaye Playhouse, New York and the prestigious Albuquerque and Miami Flamenco Festivals.
Antonio has collaborated with Rafael and Adela Campallo in the XIII Flamenco Bienal show Don Juan Flamenco in 2008, which also toured in Israel, and with Leonor Leal in (Leole). The following year he joined the company of Manuela Carrasco performing in Suspiro Flamenco at the Central Theatre in Seville and in Japan. Antonio then joined the show Kahlo, Kalo by Amador Rojas, with choreography by Rafael Estevez, and later as featured dancer in Vaivenes with Javier Baron. In 2014, he worked with Juana Amaya as a guest artist in Moron Baila. In 2015, El Choro toured with Vicente Amigo with his award-winning album Tierra. Molina then debuted the first show with his own company, Warning: Bayles de Jitanos, under the direction of Rafael Estevez, for which he won the Revelation Prize as part of the 2016 Festival de Jerez. He then continued performing in shows Mi Baile featuring Gema Moneo, Juan Campallo, David Caro, Jesus Corbacho, Pepe de Pura, Jonathan Jimenez and Paco Vega which toured throughout Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands. Currently El Choro is on tour with the exceptional singer Miguel Poveda.
SONIA OLLA, Dancer/Choreographer
Hailed by The New York Times as a furnace of earthy sensuality, Sonia Olla was born and raised in Barcelona when she earned a degree in Spanish Dance and Flamenco at the esteemed Instituto de Teatro y Danza in Barcelona. She has toured as company member and soloist with flamenco greats such as Antonio Canales, Eva la Yerbabuena, Rafaela Carrasco, Merche Esmeralda, Maria Pages, and La Farruca, among others.
Bailaora of international prestige, director and choreographer of her own shows, Sonia currently resides in New York, where she combines teaching with her performance and choreography career. Venues include The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge, the Rose Nagelburg Theatre, Baruch Performing Arts Center (NY) and Instituto Cervantes (Chicago), and various Flamenco Festivals.
Together with the Flamenco singer Ismael Fernandez, her partner on and off the stage, Sonia has created a wide range of shows such as Tablao Sevilla, Entretiempo, Por Los Caminos and Tiempo al Aire. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The New Yorker, as well as Spanish newspapers such as ABC, El Pais, La Vanguardia.
Jesus Corbacho, Cantaor
Jesus Corbacho Vazquez was born in Huelva in 1986. His love of flamenco came from a very early age. At just two and a half years old he sang his first Fandangos, a love inherited from his father. Corbacho was awarded a scholarship to study at the Christina Heeren Flamenco Art Foundation in Seville, where he has studied with professors Paco Taranto and Jose de la Tomasa.
He recently performed at the grand opening of the tablao Garlochi in Tokyo. In addition, Jesus, is one of the most sought after singers and has worked with important dancers such as Milagros Mengibar, Belen Maya, Merche Esmeralda, Rafael Campallo, Jose Galvan, Manuel Linan, Olga Pericet, Maros Flores, Daniel Dona, Rocio Molina, Laura Rozalen, and has shared the stage on several occasions with artists such as Chano Lobato, Fosforito, Jose Merce, Luis de Cordoba, Juanito Villar, Arcangel, El Extremeno, Estrella Morente, Guadiana, Mayte Martin, Montse Cortes and Antonio Molina.
Ismael Fernandez, Cantaor
Described by The Washington Post as the most charismatic performer and a connection to the Gypsy source. Ismael was born in Seville, of Gypsy descent, grew up performing in flamenco festivals throughout the world with his internationally renowned family, La Familia Fernandez. His career began in premier flamenco tablaos such as El Cordobes in Barcelona, La Carboneria in Seville and other famous flamenco cuevas of Granada.
For several years, Ismael has been a featured company member of internationally acclaimed dancer Maria Pages, performing at The Joyce Theater (New York), Sadler Wells Theatre (London), Esplanade Theatre (Singapore), Orchard Hall and Bunka Mura (Japan), Teatro La Zarzuela (Madrid), Teatro Real (Madrid), and the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona).
In 2004, Ismael won the National Contest of Cordoba, singing for the famed dancer Soraya Clavijo and was a finalist in the Festival de Cante de la Union. He joins his family regularly to perform in the celebrated Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla. Throughout his career, Ismael has worked with flamenco legends such as Antonio Canales, Farruquito, Marina Heredia, El Torombo, the prestigious Orchestra director Gustavo Dudamel and Rafaela Carrasco to name a few.
Miguel Rosendo, Cantaor
The highly esteemed flamenco singer Miguel Rosendo belongs
to a new generation of flamenco artists who are making their mark on flamenco
history by redefining this traditional
art form for audiences and aficionados of the 21st century. As such, he has
been chosen to perform alongside some of Spain's most innovative flamenco
performers, while still maintaining in his singing the deeply ingrained
flamenco musical traditions of the past.
Miguel Rosendo was born in that region of southern Spain
known as Andalucia in the port city of Cadiz, long recognized for its
impressive genealogy of flamenco singers. During his illustrious career, Miguel Rosendo has been
chosen to perform with some of the most prestigious flamenco performers, including:
Sara Baras, Cristina Hoyos, Manuela Carrasco, Soledad Barrio, Eduardo Guerrero,
Javier Baron, Antonio El Pipa, Israel Galvan, Pastora Galvan, Andres Pena, Maria
Moreno, Juan Ogalla, El Junco, David Nieto, Javier Latorre, Mercedes Ruiz,
Antonio Jimenez, Macarena Ramirez, among others. Accompanying these artists with
his rich, soulful voice, he has toured in Spain and throughout the world, including
Japan, Israel, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States, Turkey, and
Juani de la Isla, Guitarrista
He is a highly respected flamenco guitarist, from the island of San Fernando in Spain. He began his musical education studying with the great flamenco singer Rafael Romero and has been a student of the celebrated flamenco guitarist Manolo Sanlucar. Juani de la Isla has also been trained in the gypsy flamenco style of Moron, a small pueblo in the heart of Andalucian flamenco country.
During his illustrious career, he has accompanied some of the finest flamenco artists of this century: singers Jose Merce, Chato de la Isla, Juan Villar, Rancapino, Pansequito and Aguilar de Vejer; and dancers Javier Baron, Sara Baras and Manuela Carrasco. He has composed music for the flamenco dance company of Cristina Hoyos and for over a decade has been the musical director for the popular flamenco singer El Barrio. His recording career includes participation on more than 100 albums with some of the finest flamenco artists in Spain: among them Jose Merce, Joaquin Sabina, Paco Ortega, El Barrio and David de Maria. In 2015, he released his first solo CD Libertad En Mis Manos.
Zermeno Dance Academy
ZDA is a unique and diverse performing arts studio, under the direction of Daniela Zermeno Sanchez. With over 120 students and counting, ZDA specializes in flamenco. The studio participates heavily in the Santa Barbara annual Old Spanish Days Fiesta celebration, as well as theater productions throughout California, public events, parades, restaurant entertainment and private events such as weddings, fundraisers and corporate events.
The goal of the Zermeno Dance Academy is to give each student a solid dance foundation while offering a fun and positive atmosphere to teach responsibility, commitment, and creative expression. We encourage all students to build self-confidence by performing and giving back to our community through dance in Santa Barbara.
UNESCO has declared Flamenco to be a World Heritage treasure. Experience this unique, cultural tradition of Spain and our shared humanity in the heart of Santa Monica!
PAELLA & TAPAS RECEPTION
Prior to the show, join us for a Spanish Paella & Tapas Reception from Chef Roger Navas-Balladares and Savory Roads Catering featuring Vegetarian & Seafood Paellas and various Tapas from 5:00 - 6:00pm. VIP Front Orchestra Seating includes the reception. Beverages will be available for purchase.
About Savory Roads: Our paellas taste great because we use the best ingredients available. We use only slow cooked classical chicken, fish or vegetable stocks (vegetarian/vegan paella) made from fresh meats and/or vegetables. All of our stocks are slow cooked for over 24 hours. We use First Cold Press Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Authentic Spanish Saffron, Valencia Paella Rice D.O. (we do not use parboiled rice) and Spanish Paprika. ALL OF OUR PAELLAS ARE GLUTEN FREE.
***ABOUT VIDA FLAMENCA
We believe stories shape and transform who we are and what we do both individually and collectively. It is our hope to connect audiences through this deeply enriching and vital experience, to the power, cross-cultural connections and unique character of Flamenco storytelling through dance, and music showcases.
This show is produced by VIDA FLAMENCA, a California-based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to advancing and preserving Spanish dance and music tradition. Ongoing Vida Flamenca programs increase awareness of Spanish Culture through Flamenco dance and music performances, educational workshops and master classes. Since the its inception, Vida Flamenca has become the premiere calling card as a Flamenco entertainment source in Los Angeles, Southern California and throughout the United States. Visit us for more information at vidaflamenca.org
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