Yaelisa and Jason McGuire Bring FLAMENKEANDO to LA Tonight, 6/10
The Fountain Theatre's acclaimed Forever Flamenco! series presents San Francisco-based Caminos Flamencos in an evening of flamenco collaboration and soniquete with a select group of world-class artists. One performance only of "Flamenkeando" will take place at the Gallery Theatre in Barnsdall Park tonight, June 10 @ 8 pm.
Three distinct styles, aires and dancers come together for an unforgettable evening in "Flamenkeando." Caminos Flamencos founding artistic director Yaelisa brings two contrasting bailores together for the first time to dance alongside her – Antonio Arrebola, who recently moved to the Bay Area from Malaga, Spain, and Manuel "de la Cruz" Gutierrez. Accompanying them will be master musician Jason McGuire "El Rubio" playing his own original compositions and jamming with drummer/percussionist Joey Heredia, and the great singer José Cortes.
Emmy Award-winning dancer and choreographer Yaelisa is the founder and artistic director of Caminos Flamencos. Yaelisa creates and presents 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 while preserving the history and culture of this traditional art form.
At the age of four, Yaelisa danced on the stage of the famous Casa Madrid, and her immersion in flamenco culture became a part of her life because of her mother, the renowned singer/dancer Isa Mura. She has performed with many of Spains finest artists, including Alejandro Granados, Antonio el Pipa, Manuel and Antonio Malena, Domingo Ortega, Enrique El Extremeno, Yeye de Cádiz, Mateo Soleá, El Junco, Juan Ogalla, Geronimo, Felipe Maya and others. Since 1986, Yaelisa has spent extensive periods of time living and performing in Spain, presenting her choreography there and in the U.S. She has choreographed and appeared in several feature films and music videos, and created many highly acclaimed productions both for her company and as Artisti Director of the New World Flamenco Festival at the Irvine Barclay Theater in Irvine, CA.
Combining artists from Spain and the U.S., Caminos Flamencos remains on the cutting edge of flamenco, most especially with their recent productions of CANCIONES and CANCIONES 2 where they explored combining flamenco with the music of theBeatles, Stevie Wonder, Dave Brubeck and others.