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Flamenco “Comes Home” to the Intimate Fountain Theatre
After a very successful year of presenting Forever Flamenco in the beautiful 300-seat Gallery Theatre in Barnsdall Park, Flamenco returns to the intimate 78-seat Fountain Theatre for one night only this Sunday, March 25th, at 8pm.
Produced by Deborah Lawlor, the cozy Fountain is the perfect venue to enjoy Flamenco music and dance. Every seat is up close and personal, just a few feet from the stage.
The lineup this Sunday, March 25 includes singer/dancer: Briseyda Zarate, dancer/percussionist Ryan Zermeno, dancers Pamela Lourant and Paloma Rios and guitarist/artistic director Ben Woods.
Forever Flamenco will return to the Gallery Theatre next month in April. This Sunday is the rare opportunity to enjoy world-class Flamenco just a few feet away from your seat in the intimate Fountain Theatre. Don’t miss it!
Flamenco at the Fountain Sunday, March 25, 8pm (323) 663-1525 More
Deborah Lawlor and The Fountain Theatre in association with Beth Nesbitt and Vida Flamenca present Emilio Ochando and company in Forever Flamenco on Sunday, March 18, in the beautiful 300-seat Gallery Theatre at Barnsdall Park in Hollywood.
Emilio Ochando, a phenom from the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza, has performed as a soloist with Ballet Nacional de España and Ballet Nacional de Cuba. His choreographic prowess earned him 2nd prize as emerging choreographer at Alcala de Henares (Madrid). He is currently a soloist in the Montreal production of Don Juan with dancer/choreographers Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez, and returns to Forever Flamenco for an exciting evening of clasico español and flamenco dance along with an electrifying line-up of musicians and dancers, including the US stage debut of cantaor Guillermo Gonzalez direct from Sevilla. Ochando is joined by the relentless passion of dancers Clara Rodriguez and Stephanie Narváez from San Francisco, accompanied by the guitar mastery of Kai Narezo and Gabriel Osuna. Gerardo Morales punctuates the performances on percussion.
Artist Line-Up for Sunday, March 18:
Artistic Director: Emilio Ochando
Guitarists: Kai Narezo and Gabriel Osuna
Singer: special guest, direct from Sevilla: Guillermo Gonzalez
Dancers: Emilio Ochando, invited dancers from San Francisco Clara Rodriguez and Stephanie Narváez
Percussion: Gerardo Morales
Now in its 9th Smash Year, Forever Flamenco is the prime ongoing flamenco event in Los Angeles. The LA WEEKLY raves: “The Fountain has certainly cemented its stature as L.A.’s most significant venue for flamenco. Kudos are also due to the rotating series of artistic directors who continue to attract the best dancers from L.A.’s vibrant community as well as significant out-of-town guests.”
Since 2011, the Fountain Theatre’s Forever Flamenco is presented in the lovely 300-seat Gallery Theatre in Barnsdall Park, the venue perched on an enchanting hilltop overlooking Hollywood. A charming and romantic setting for such a passionate art form!
The Gallery Theatre at Barnsdall Art Park is located at 4800 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Hollywood Blvd and Vermont Ave)
Forever Flamenco! Sunday, March 18, 8pm (323) 663-1525 Get Tickets
She grew up in East L.A., a Chicana with fiery passion and intense musical talent. Eighteen years ago she moved to Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, to study Flamenco. Today, her critically acclaimed performances have graced the stages of prominent venues throughout the world, including the Hollywood Bowl and the John Anson Ford Theatre in Los Angeles, The Joyce Theater and Lincoln Center in New York, Festival de Beaucaire in France, and the Teatro Villamarta in Spain as part of the prestigious Festival Flamenco de Jerez. She was honored in 2002 by the City of Jerez for her relentless dedication to the artistry of the region.
She is internationally acclaimed performer Maria Bermudez, also known as “La Cha Cha”.
This weekend, you can experience the thrilling “La Cha Cha” in a rare L.A. appearance, Maria Bermudez & Friends, October 30, 2011 at Barnsdall’s Gallery Theatre. Friends joining her on stage include one of her Spanish company members, “palmero” (hand-clapper) Luis de la Tota, and some of the very best U.S.-based flamenco artists including dancer Manual de la Cruz; singers Kina Mendez and José Cortes; guitarists Adam del Monte, Kai Nazero and famed bassist Reggie Hamilton; and celebrated percussionist Joey Heredia. This performance is a Special Flamenco Event.
Maria has been an important part of the Fountain’s Flamenco Family from the very beginning. After performing many years at the Fountain and in Fountain concerts at the 1200-seat John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Maria moved to Jerez (Spain’s “City of Flamenco”) to deepen her study and master her artistry. There she formed her own company, Sonidos Gitanos, touring worldwide as lead dancer and artistic director.
She formed Chicana Gypsy Project in 2007, drawing on her rich Mexican-American heritage and immersion in Gypsy culture. Combining her jazz-flavored voice with her earthy, sensuous Flamenco dancing, Maria creates a thrilling new art experience uniquely her own. She is married to El Pele, of the group Navajita Plateao (Gypsy Rock).
Maria began studying flamenco dance after the untimely death of her beloved and talented brother, Alfonso Bermudez. The unique and compelling story of how this beautiful, talented Chicana from Los Angeles moved to Spain many years ago and developed from a hungry young flamenco dancer from East L.A. into a world-renowned flamenco sensation accepted by the Gypsy community in Jerez inspired an award-winning documentary film “Streets of Flamenco”.
One of the top Flamenco artists in the world today, and a dear friend of the Fountain for twenty years. Once you see Maria burn up the stage, you remember it forever. Ole!