FLAMENCO DEL ORO: infectious music and dance

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 July 18th, 8-10 pm for another unforgettable performance with Flamenco del Oro and very special guests. Admission is $18 suggested donation for the performers, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Complimentary food will be available. Ole’!

Performing will be feature flamenco singer Nina Menéndez, Flamenco del Oro’s guitarist Gopal Slavonic, and dancers Bianca Rodriguez and Hilit Maniv! Please view the following videos for a small preview of their remarkable talents, and scroll down to read their biographies (after the fold).

nina menendezNina Menéndez, Founder and Artistic Director of the Bay Area Flamenco Festival, has a life-long passion for flamenco. She has a PhD in Spanish from Stanford University and comes from a family of musicians. Her parental grandparents were from Spain where she has cultivated deep ties to the flamenco community. She serves as the director of Bay Area Flamenco, organizing numerous flamenco concerts, workshops and cultural exchange opportunities throughout the year and sharing her profound respect for the art of flamenco with the local community. An avid aficionada of the cante, she also enjoys singing herself. She is an active member of the Bay Area arts community and maintains a vibrant network  of community relations and volunteers.

Gopal SlavonicGopal 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 17 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 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.

Bianca Rodriguez

Hilit Maniv

Bianca Rodriguez began dancing at the age of 3 and received a Bachelor’s of Arts in dance with a flamenco emphasis at the University of New Mexico. While there, Bianca work-studied at the National Institute of Flamenco and danced in the pre-professional and professional companies, participating in the annual Festival Flamenco and studying with some of Spain’s greatest Flamenco artists, such as Mercedes Amaya, Karime Amaya, Adela Campallo and Manuel Linan. Read more of her impressive bio here.

Hilit Maniv started her dance career as a modern/contemporary dancer with various companies in Israel. After discovering flamenco, Hilit studied with some of the best dancers in Israel and Spain, moving back to Israel in 2003 when she started teaching Flamenco at “The Jerusalem Dance Theatre” and joined the “Kibbutzim College of Education.” Hilit has performed in successful shows across Israel and her classes have been taught in the Hilit Manic-Flamenco Dance School, one of the largest in northern Israel. She’s been in San Francisco since 2009, creating traditional Flamenco with a hint of a modern flare. Click here for to learn more about Hilit.

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Friday July 18th 2014, 7:30 pm doors, 8 pm music, until 10pm.
The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (map)
$18 suggested donation, sliding scale. Nobody turned away for lack of funds.
Refreshments available.
Door donations go to the musicians!

Please visit flamencodeloro.com to learn more about the Flamenco Del Oro troupe.

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