August 3, 2009 |
There was no dearth of duende -- soul -- at the Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday, when "Forever Flamenco: L.A. Ole!" took the chill off the night air. Produced by the Fountain Theatre's godmother of flamenco, Deborah Lawlor, the 2 1/2 -hour show sizzled with 10 singers, dancers and musicians. Unlike Hollywood, which worships at the altar of youth, flamenco operates in a reverse ageism universe, revering maturity, as evidenced in Roberto Amaral.
April 15, 1999 |
Where flamenco comes with the featured fare. . . . * El Cid Restaurant. A visit to Spain without leaving L.A. Open for 35 years, this Spanish restaurant is all flamenco all the time. Show times: Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Sundays, 8 and 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 and 10 p.m. and midnight. 4212 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake. (323) 668-0318. All ages. Flamenco show plus prix fixe dinner, $23.75; show only, $9. Reservations recommended. * Sangria.
January 27, 2005 |
For the last few years, flamenco, the hotblooded art form that originated with Spanish Gypsies, has gained a following in the City of Angels. Barcelona-born Yolanda Arroyo, who began dancing at 9 and has lived in L.A. since 1982, is one of the more prominent purveyors of traditional "flamenco puro" in town.
June 27, 1993 |
The Arte Flamenco Dance Theatre wants to stamp out the notion that flamenco is the only form of Spanish dance. Flamenco is a dance from the south of Spain. "There's a passion and fury with flamenco," said Art Jauregui, managing director of the company that will perform today at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
May 7, 1997 |
Flamenco never has been a fixed traditional art form, but a changing one. "Each decade there's a new person who sets a new pace, a new style or does something innovative and different," flamenco dancer La Tania, in her 30s, said during a recent phone interview from San Francisco, taking a break from a tour that brings her to Irvine this weekend. "I'm from the younger generation," she said, "so what I dance, what I like, what I try to bring, is what's happening now in flamenco."
April 4, 1986 |
The fiery rhythms and fancy footwork in flamenco dance can quickly dazzle an audience. But behind all the flamboyant display is an art form that is highly individualistic, says Maria Benitez, whose seven-member Spanish Dance Company will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday in UC Irvine's Fine Arts Village Theatre. "Individual feeling is very much the key," Benitez said in a recent phone interview from her home in Santa Fe, N.M, the company's base.
August 4, 2002 |
Get ready for another shakeup of what you think flamenco is. The annual Irvine Barclay New World Flamenco Festival, now in its second year, has stated its intention to expand local audiences' ideas about the dance form. For 2002, it is bringing two extreme companies from Spain.
February 29, 2000 |
When Juan Talavera raises his arms like a supremely confident swan in preparation for dancing, you watch very closely. You know he's going to show you how to be elegant and steely at the same time, how to fill a room with the tiniest vibrations of the heels, and how to twist and flow with a spine so strong, it could support a monument and inspire the same amount of awe.
November 15, 2002 |
Once a few curious lapses are remedied, the six-week, Wednesdays-only Cuadro Flamenco series at the Fountain Theatre (through Dec. 18) promises to provide an ideally intimate and varied overview of local contemporary flamenco style. Along with distinguished flamenco singer Antonio de Jerez, each program features guitarist Antonio Triana, who also serves as artistic director for the series. Unfortunately, Triana neglected to give himself a solo spot on the brief inaugural program.
March 20, 1997 |
Adding unusual rhythms, musical instruments and movement vocabularies to the already rich mix of influences that makes up traditional flamenco, Yaelisa and her San Diego-based Solera Flamenco Dance Company gave an exciting, accomplished performance Tuesday in Bovard Auditorium at USC. Wearing a long, sleeveless dress for the spectacular solo "Contratiempo . . .