The Emerald Tablet is very pleased to welcome back Flamenco Del Oro, a flamenco music and dance troupe with attitude and spirit delivering syncopated and sensual rhythms made with passionate guitar, intoxicating vocals, and fiery beautiful dancing.
Join us Friday January 17th, 8-10 pm for another unforgettable performance with Flamenco del Oro — two sets and an intermission with very special guests: Azriel Goldschmidt, dancers Kerensa DeMars, Carolé Acuña, and guitarist Gopal Slavonic.
Azriel Goldschmidt began studying flamenco dance in New Mexico with Rafael Martos during the Maria Benitzes Santa Fe Flamenco Festival. Soon after, he was introduced to the flamenco cante (singing) by guitarist Ives Lucero. Under the artistic direction of Ramona Garduno, Ariel began performing as a singer and dancer with group Aire Flamenco in 1998. He studies with may renowned spanish artists such as dancers Joaquin Hidalgo, Joaquin Ruiz, Javier Latorre, Antonio Granjero, Domingo Ortega, Manuel Betanzos, Rafael Campallo and Andres Marin and singers Silverio Heredia, Cristo Cortez, Jose Anillo and Juan Suarez. In 1999 he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and has since been performing with many local artists while continuing to dance with Carola Zertuche and Yaelisa, among others.
Kerensa DeMars is a San Francisco-based dance artist whose creative synthesis of Flamenco and Tribal style dance has made her a sought after performer, choreographer and instructor internationally. An early member of FatChanceBellyDance, Kerensa moved to Madrid in 1997 to pursue intensive Flamenco studies. Soon after, she met the renowned world music group Radio Tarifa and toured with them as a featured dancer through 2003. In her seven years abroad she trained with some of Spain’s foremost Flamenco artists, most notably the legendary Toni ‘El Pelao’. While in Madrid, she co-founded the group ‘Querencia’ known for its unique fusion of Flamenco, North African and Middle Eastern traditions and featuring the talents of six international musicians. Querencia performed throughout Spain from 1999-2003 and was given a four week residency at Madrid’s Teatro Pradillo in 2002. Upon returning to San Francisco in 2004, Kerensa became Artistic Director of the Flamenco Room, a weekly flamenco show featuring local, national and international artists now in its ninth year. She is a regular performer in San Francisco tablao shows and has performed in the Flamenco companies of Juan Siddi, Caminos Flamencos, Flamenco Live Dance Ensemble and for four seasons with Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco. Please check out the rest of her bio, right here!
Carolé Acuña is the Artistic Director of Acuña Danza Teatro, which has as its mission to progress Flamenco in revolutionary directions while continuing to preserve it’s rich artistic traditions. This company thrives on creating dance, theater and music performances that engage the community to think, laugh, and have an open dialogue regarding an array of topics. Carolé does this by the careful use of traditional flamenco, Spanish dance, modern dance, theater, and comedy to bring this tradition to varied generations of audiences. Each dance and theatre piece is constructed to give specific focus to tradition or excogitation.
Carolé’s combination of traditional and modern ideas has composed a novel dimension in Flamenco; prompting dialogues with the audience about themselves such as love, shattering assumptions, and life-cycles. Her unique choreography is lithe, forceful, and full of energetic expression.
Being the fifth generation Flamenco dancer, the traditions of flamenco song and music are deeply rooted in Carolé’s family and are passed down from one generation to the next. Therefore, she began her formal training with her mother, Carolina Lugo, and then went on to study extensively in Spain with renowned Flamenco artist Pepa Montes. Carolé is regarded as one of the most prominent young artists in flamenco & Spanish dance.
Gopal Slavonic trained at the prestigious ‘Fundacion de Arte Flamenco Cristina Heeren’ in Sevilla, Spain where he studied intensively with leading flamenco guitarists Miguel Angel Cortez, Jose Postigo, Antonio Carmona, Eduardo Rollabar, Tino Van Der Sman, and Joselito Galvez. In his 18 years of dedication to flamenco guitar, Gopal has returned to Spain to further his studies several times, most frequently to Jerez de la Frontera. He has performed with flamenco artists including Kina Mendez, Kerensa Demars,Cerro Negro, La Fibi, Mark Taylor, La Carola, Roberto Zamora, Pilar Moreno, Zahara, and Jose Galvez. Gopal recently released his second CD ‘Dos Orillas’ and is the featured guitarist for Northern California’s Flamenco del Oro. Find out more about Gopal here.
2 sets with intermission.
Admission is $15 suggested donation for the performers, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Red and white wine, Solera and complimentary food will be available. Ole’!
FLAMENCO DEL ORO
Friday January 17th 2014, 7:30 pm doors, 8 pm music, until 10pm.
The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (map)
$15 suggested donation, sliding scale. Nobody turned away for lack of funds.
Drinks and refreshments available.
All door donations go to the musicians!