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May 23, 2000 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If guitarist Jose Tanaka is right, much of what we see at flamenco concerts is, at best, old-fashioned and, at worst, flat-out wrong. The accomplished Tanaka--dubbed "El Japones Gitano" (the Japanese Gypsy)--made these discoveries when he studied flamenco in Seville four years ago. "I was shocked," the 31-year-old Japanese-born guitarist said over breakfast recently at a Downey coffee shop.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2000 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If guitarist Jose Tanaka is right, much of what we see at flamenco concerts is, at best, old-fashioned and, at worst, flat-out wrong. The accomplished Tanaka--dubbed "El Japones Gitano" (the Japanese Gypsy)--made these discoveries when he studied flamenco in Seville four years ago. "I was shocked," the 31-year-old Japanese-born guitarist said over breakfast recently at a Downey coffee shop.
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April 18, 1998 | JENNIFER FISHER
The relationship between flamenco and formal choreography has always been a troubled one--if the dance's erratic spirit is reigned in too tightly, blandness results; but if dancers depend solely on the spirit moving them, there are deadly lulls when the spirit doesn't show. And as more group dances join the traditional solo format, the key question is how not to mimic show dancing, with its decorative passes and meaningless patterns.
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April 9, 1998
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December 13, 1997 | JENNIFER FISHER
In the program notes for "Sangre Nueva," an evening of emerging flamenco artists at the Fountain Theatre this weekend, producer Deborah Lawlor credits the number of great teachers in Southern California for the quality of flamenco performers now infusing the scene with "new blood." But you hardly need written confirmation of that--you only need to watch the 13 dancers to know that somebody's teaching them all the right stuff.
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January 16, 1999 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
Contrasting male attitudes toward women in Spanish poetry with flamenco dancing in which women defined their own identity very differently, the thoughtful and often provocative "Mujer: Espiritu y Carne" ("Woman: Spirit and Flesh") enlisted a distinguished company of performing artists at the Fountain Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday. In "Mala Porque No Me Quieres," actor Jose Garcia denounced female willfulness--the maddening refusal of the sex to function as an instrument of male priorities.
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May 15, 2000 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
To guitarist Jose Tanaka, Spanish Gypsy style is disarmingly bright, buoyant and, for all its technical intricacy, always dominated by folk vigor and urgent forward momentum. Produced by the Fountain Theatre, his "Soniquete Flamenco" program of music and dance at the L.A. Theatre Center on Friday proved most persuasive when most convivial: in his duet with breath-defying singer Jesus Montoya and, particularly, in passages of interplay with flute and sax wizard Pedro Eustache.
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May 29, 2000 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
In her recent flamenco experiments on local stages, Laila del Monte developed creative strategies for performing with tap dancers, kathak dancers, jazz dancers and even non-dancers. But given the opportunity to interact with two fellow flamenco artists at the L.A. Theatre Center on Friday, she unaccountably ventured only perfunctory exchanges with them and chose to emphasize solo expression instead.
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June 19, 1999 | JENNIFER FISHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's not always easy to transform a standard theater into a tablao--a flamenco nightclub. Or better still, a pena--a less formal club where insiders meet. But that's the assignment for an ensemble seeking the heat of flamenco collaboration. Guitarist Jose Tanaka and his eight-member company hit the mark a few times Thursday--the opening night of "Sueno Gitano" (Gypsy Dream). At other moments, the galvanizing of elements seemed just a promising glimmer.
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April 11, 1998 | JENNIFER FISHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If the Fountain Theatre's ongoing Festival of Percussive Dance were to crown a king, it would have to be Juan Talavera. A top gun in the flamenco footwork field, Talavera unleashed a rhythmic fusillade during one of his solos on Thursday night that could have wakened the dead with what sounded like an ecstasy of relentlessly racing heartbeats.
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December 23, 1996 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
With two different weekend programs titled "Sangre Nueva," the Fountain Theatre in Hollywood showcased the flourishing local flamenco community in a new way: by focusing on new blood, the emerging dancers most often seen in club shows.
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