November 20, 1991 |
In this country we're trained to think of flamenco principally in terms of the dance and the guitar, although locally Chenin de Triana has been teaching us about the essential vocal element in his own concerts. Monday at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Jesus Montoya, a young cantaor from Seville, headlined a generally strong, exciting flamenco evening.
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February 15, 2001 |
Freddy Wittop, Tony Award-winning costume designer in a string of David Merrick hits who also created outfits for Paris stars such as Josephine Baker, has died. Wittop died Feb. 2 at JFK Medical Center in this Palm Beach County community. He was 89. Best known for his work on "Hello, Dolly!"--for which he won a Tony in 1964--Wittop created the memorable sequined crimson gown for Carol Channing, the show's star. She wore the dress while singing the musical's show-stopping title song.
March 12, 1999 |
Muriel Bentley, comedic and dramatic ballet dancer known for her humorous portrayals in Jerome Robbins' "Fancy Free" and other works, has died at age 82. Bentley, who had suffered from severe asthma the last two years, died Monday at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Woodland Hills of heart failure.
January 16, 1991 |
Russian pianists, dancers from Spain, and chamber orchestras from Britain and Italy will be part of an international parade of performers taking the stage at Pasadena's Ambassador Auditorium this year. American musicians are well represented on the calendar as well. Tickets are sold out for tonight's performance by Mel Torme and the McGuire Sisters. Pianist Ellis Marsalis, father of young jazz stars Branford and Wynton Marsalis, appears with Marcus Roberts for an afternoon of "cool jazz" on Feb.
November 26, 1991 |
Anchoring the programs of two different flamenco groups appearing locally over the weekend were bursts of individualized dancing in efforts to recreate the ambience of a cafe cantante. Otherwise, dismayingly, both troupes turned to submerging personalities in favor of theatrical stylizations and symmetries--at times, even balleticisms--not to mention use of dully reproduced recorded music. Lola Montes and Her Spanish Dancers appeared Saturday at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.
April 20, 1992 |
In its only current Southern California appearance, the Jose Greco Spanish Dance Company made a mixed impression when it opened a three-day run Thursday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. The 11-member troupe replaced the originally scheduled Maria Benitez Spanish Dance Company, which withdrew from the dates because Benitez had suffered a "temporary physical impairment," according to her manager.
October 8, 1992 |
"Splendido!" said Lola Greco of the Spanish National Ballet's opening night performance in Segerstrom Hall. Sporting a matador-red velvet bolero that once belonged to her father, the daughter of flamenco artist Jose Greco swept into Birraporetti's restaurant following the Tuesday performance to celebrate with her fellow dancers in an environment that paid homage to Spain.
October 31, 1986 |
With hair the color of corn silk cascading down her shoulders, Debbie Ray looks like the very antithesis of a fiery Flamenco dancer. But Ray, or Rayna as she is known when she performs the proud and passionate Gypsy dances of Spain, has never found her natural blond hair to be an obstacle to success. "When I was 14, I won a scholarship to work with Jose Greco," America's leading exponent of flamenco dance, Ray said. "He insisted that I wear my hair long and flowing. He said it looked like gold.
May 14, 2000
While flipping channels one afternoon, my former quarterback brother, Duffy, paused at an old Lawrence Welk flamenco clip. Captivated, he sought out lessons and was hooked. He said, "I smell like I did after football practice." Leaving his girlfriend and dog behind in Tennessee to move in with our parents in San Diego, he eventually found Roberto Amaral, a handsome, snowy-haired flamenco master who conducts class in a studio he built in the Valley.