by Deborah Lawlor
I am thrilled with the very special Forever Flamenco coming up this Sunday, July 24 at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre. This show features a singer, Jose Cortes, and a dancer, Cristina Hall, who are both new to Forever Flamenco and to LA audiences.
Cristina, a native of San Francisco has been living, dancing and teaching in Spain for the last 7 years. Jose is a Gypsy cantaor (singer) from Almoria, Spain, who has just recently relocated to San Francisco. I am delighted and proud to welcome these two accomplished and respected artists to the stage at Barnsdall, and to the growing talent pool of flamenco professionals in California.
The ace guitarists for this show are Antonio Triana and Benjamin Woods, with hot percussion by Joey Heredia. In addition to Cristina Hall, the dancers are the powerful Ricardo Chavez (I would nickname him El Guapo, “the handsome one”!), lovely Arleen Hurtado and the intensely expressive Briseyda Zarate. A show not to be missed!
Deborah Lawlor is the Producing Artistic Director of the Fountain Theatre, and creator/producer of Forever Flamenco.