The Fountain Theatre’s Forever Flamenco series takes a unique swirl of the brush this Sunday night, Sept 15th at 8pm with To Paint a Woman. Artist Roderick Smith will create a painting on canvas live on stage while the flamenco concert is underway. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to enjoy the passionate flurry of flamenco and paint as they whirl simultaneously before your eyes.
Produced by Deborah Lawlor and under the artistic direction of guitarist Ethan Margolis, To Paint a Woman is an all-male flamenco performance inspired by a Spanish fandango verse “Por Pintar A Una Mujer” about the idealization of women.
Por pintar a una mujer
A un loco le dio la manía
Por pintar a una mujer
Y cuando pintá la tenía
Le puso un letrero a los pies
“Ya me tienes como tú querías”
To paint a woman
A crazy man was given the notion
To paint a woman
And once he had the painting finished,
He placed a sign at her feet…
“Now you have me as you have always wanted”
Luis de la Tota
This one-of-a-kind performance also features a rare Los Angeles appearance by special guest cajonero/palmero/festero Luis de la Totafrom Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. The full line-up includes visual artist Roderick Smith, dancers Manuel Guiterrez and Oscar Valero, guitaristEthan Margolis,singer Antonio de Jerez, and upright bassistJohn Leftwich.
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The Fountain Theatre presents Forever Flamenco! withYaelisa y Caminos Flamencos in “Flamenkeando”— With only 78 seats in four rows, the Fountain is the perfect place to experience the fire andpassion of flamenco. This month’s lineup includes dancers Manuel Gutierrez, YaelisaandDevon LaRussa, who offers a hybrid of contemporary/flamenco style; singer/dancer Oscar Valero and singer El Grillo, both from Spain; guitarist Jason McGuire (“El Rubio”); and percussionist Joey Heredia.
Caminos Flamencos was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area by Emmy Award-winning dancer and choreographer Yaelisa. The mission of Caminos Flamencos is to create and present contemporary, traditional and theatrical dance programs showcasing artists from Spain and the U.S., which reflect the changing face of flamenco in the 21st century. Their programs seek to preserve the legacy of Spain’s rich artistic heritage, and bring them to people of all backgrounds, enriching the lives of people with Spanish and Hispanic ancestry, and of the community at large.
If you were lucky to be at our fabulous jaw-dropping Forever Flamenco at the Ford in June, you experienced the artistry of Yaelisa and guitar master Jason McGuire in action. The stars not only shone bright overhead on that hot summer night. Stars twinkled backstage as well, as Yaelisa was visited by TV/Film actress and flamenco fan Eva Longoria.
Yaelisa with Eva Longoria backstage at ‘Forever Flamenco at the Ford’ June 15.
Don’t miss this month’s Forever Flamenco at the intimate Fountain Theatre on Sunday, August 18th at 8pm. (323) 663-1525MORE
The September edition of the Fountain Theatre’s acclaimed series offers a rare flamenco performance, pairing pianist Matt Amper with Gerardo Morales on guitar and percussion; guitarist Gabriel Osuna; singer José Cortes; and dancers Vanessa Acosta, “La Pamela” (Pamela Lourant) and Oscar Valero. With only 78 seats in four rows, the Fountain is the perfect place to view flamenco. Each show features a roster of world-class dancers, singers and musicians drawn from the rich pool of flamenco artists in Southern California, with additional guest artists brought from San Francisco, Albuquerque and Spain.
Now in its 9th smash year, Forever Flamenco was created by Fountain producing Director Deborah Lawlor.
“The Fountain has certainly cemented its stature as L.A.’s most significant venue for flamenco.”– LA Weekly
Artistic Director: Gerardo Morales
Dancers: Vanessa Acosta, “La Pamela” (Pamela Lourant),Oscar Valero
Singer: José Cortes
Guitarist: Gerardo Morales, Gabriel Osuna
Percussion: Gerardo Morales
Piano: Matthew Amper
Presented by Deborah Lawlor and The Fountain Theatre
Los Angeles, Calif. – June 18, 2012 — The Fountain Theatre’s acclaimed Forever Flamenco! series returns home to the intimate, 78-seat Fountain TheatreSunday, July 15@ 8 pm.
The line-up includes guest dancer Christina Hall; dancers Arleen Hurtado and Oscar Valero; singer
José Cortes “El Muleto”; guest guitarist Benjamin Woods; percussionist Joey Heredia; and guitarist/artistic director Antonio Triana.
Created and produced by co-artistic director Deborah Lawlor, The Fountain Theatre’s Forever Flamenco! series is now in its 9th smash year. Each performance features a roster of world-class flamenco dancers, singers and musicians drawn from the rich pool of flamenco artists in Southern California, with additional guest artists brought from San Francisco, Albuquerque and Spain. Named “L.A.’s most significant venue for flamenco” by the LA Weekly, the Fountain, with only 78 seats in 4 rows, is the perfect setting in which to enjoy the art form up close,.
“Antonio Triana has put together an exquisite line-up for the 15th,” says Lawlor. “Singer José Cortes comes from a Gypsy family in Southern Spain—he’s an extraordinary singer, with a gorgeous rich tone, who excels in the soleares and the bulerías styles of flamenco. Cristina Hall is a lovely dancer, graceful and feminine, who has just returned to the U.S. from an extensive stay in Spain. Joey Heredia is a master jazz percussionist who discovered flamenco a few years ago, and is now dedicating much of his talent, time and joy to enriching the percussive element of flamenco.”
“Forever Flamenco!” takes place on Sunday, July 15@ 8 pm. All tickets are $40. The Fountain Theatre is located at 5060 Fountain Avenue (at Normandie) in Los Angeles. Secure, on-site parking is available for $5. The Fountain Theatre is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible. For reservations and information, call 323 663-1525 or go to www.FountainTheatre.com.
After months of successful concerts at the 300-seat Gallery Theatre in Barnsdall Park, The Fountain Theatre’s acclaimed Forever Flamenco! series is back home for one night only at the intimate Fountain. On May 27, Forever Flamenco!presents Quien Yo Soy (“Who I Am”), a special evening of Gypsy flamenco from the Arte y Pureza flamenco company with dancer Cihtli Ocampo; percussionist Joey Heredia; flutist/sax player Katisse Buckingham; vocalists Maxayn Lewis and Oscar Valero; and guitarist/artistic director Ethan Margolis. Forever Flamenco is produced by DeborahLawlor, who created the esteemed Flamenco program at the Fountain more than 20 years ago and has established it as the foremost venue of Flamenco in Los Angeles.
CIHTLI OCAMPO was born in San Diego, CA. She went to Spain on a William J. Fulbright Scholarship for Flamenco and Spanish Dance in 1999 and in 2000 she relocated to Seville to train exclusively with the Farruco family. In 2004, Ms. Ocampo began performing with them debuting in Farruquitos production of Alma Vieja. Cihtli has also performed as a soloist with Farruca and Farruco chico in Familia Farruco. She was a featured dancer in Tony Gatlif’s film Exils, which won best director at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. In October of 2004 Ms. Ocampo shared billing in Paris with La Macanita and Diego del Morao in Exils the performance. Ms. Ocampo has performed extensively throughout Spain in such venues as the Arriaga Theater in Bilbao, and Los Gallos in Seville. After seeing Cihtli perform, Carmen Amaya’s biographer, Mario Bois wrote: “…this girl is truly exceptional… she danced with a man’s suit and I was reminded of Carmen Amaya. She is strong and astounding, something you do not see every day.”
ETHAN MARGOLIS was born in California and comes from an entire family of musicians. Since his arrival in Seville in the year 2000, Margolis has made a name for himself in an intimate world of legendary artists, as he studied and worked with his maestro, Antonio Moya, the famed guitarist from Utrera. Ethan has accompanied many of Spains maestro Gypsy singers including Miguel Funi, Ins Bacn, Curro Fernndez, El Lebrijano and Manuel de Paula. He recently produced and played guitar on Miguel Funi’s cd Aires Gitanos. Today, Margolis is one of the few young guitarists who view it as their obligation to study, understand and defend the roots of “cante gitano andaluz” within flamenco. Ethan’s accompaniment on the guitar is characterized by an extraordinary awareness of the details within Gypsy singing. His musical background has given him a sensitivity towards music that applies to his playing and his teaching.
With only 80 seats in four rows is the perfect place to view flamenco. Don’t miss this rare treat to experience world-class flamenco just a few feet away from your seat at the intimate Fountain!