san Francisco flamenco dance company
The San Francisco Flamenco Dance Company is a performance collective committed to preserving the cultural integrity of flamenco and supporting work that traverses traditional boundaries of the art form. SFFDC presents professional flamenco performances in the San Francisco Bay Area, hosts visiting artists from Spain and supports the development of local flamenco artists through workshops and performance opportunities.
SFFDC produces San Francisco’s weekly flamenco show, the ‘Flamenco Room,’ now in its fifteenth consecutive year. The Flamenco Room hosts guest artists from Spain and serves as a venue for local artists to develop and present new work. The show has been profiled in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Mercury News and enjoys a consistent following for its high caliber performances.
SFFDC hosts workshops with visiting artists from Spain, most recently with guitarist Antonia Jimenez - one of the only professional female flamenco guitarists. The SFFDC offers ongoing professional level workshops, youth programs and regular flamenco classes at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.
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5 x Lorca (Lorca by 5) is an aleatoric work by five flamenco choreographers based on works by celebrated Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca. A passionate advocate of the art of flamenco, Andalusian tradition and liberal politics, Lorca’s work speaks unflinchingly of our collective humanity and the need to protect our liberty and freedom of expression. In Lorca by 5, each choreographer works from a randomly selected piece by Lorca, responding to the author’s work. Through music, dance and poetry we experience the fierce, poetic, sensual, heartbreaking, reflective, chaotic and joyful parts of human experience and are reminded of what unites us. Participating collaborators include Manuel Gutierrez, Mizuho Sato, Melissa Cruz, Clara Rodriguez and Kerensa DeMars.
5 x Lorca premieres Friday May 25th at 9:30 pm during the San Francisco International Arts Festival at Fort Mason Center. More information available HERE.
José Cortés hails from a renowned Spanish gypsy flamenco family. His singing career began at age ten in Jerez de la Frontera where he won first place in the Youth Competition of Flamenco Singers accompanied by guitarist Terremoto Hijo. In his formative years, José was deeply influenced by the great flamenco singer Camarón de la Isla who mentored him. José has been performing and touring internationally for three decades. He has performed in prestigious international flamenco festivals like Nimes and Mont de Marsan, and with many of the world’s most accomplished flamenco artists.José brings his family tradition of flamenco singing and an intimate knowledge of gypsy flamenco culture to his work. The voice of flamenco is passionate, emotional, visceral and poetic. José embodies all of these qualities and brings an authenticity and depth to his performances that have made him a sought after performer internationally.
Manuel Gutierrez began his training in Córdoba. By the age of eight, Manuel won his first flamenco dance award. By age twenty, Gutierrez began producing works and dancing across Europe with legendary artists including Duquende, Chicuelo, Juan Carmona and Chispa Negra. As a choreographer Manuel’s work in Romancero Gitano & Barrio Flamenco has been internationally recognized. He has choreographed many works for stage and television including El Emigrante, a moving tribute to Spanish immigrants in the post-war period. His recent work Flamenco Flamen’ka sold out the Lyric Theatre in London and ran for five years in Great Britain and France. His powerful, explosive presence on stage and his dynamic choreography have made him a sought after artist internationally.
Guitar: David McLean, David Paez
Vocals: José Cortés
Dancers/Choreographers: Melissa Cruz, Kerensa DeMars, Manuel Gutierrez, Clara Rodriguez, Mizuho Sato
The San Francisco Flamenco Dance Company offers educational performances for youth, ongoing flamenco classes, workshops and master classes with visiting artists.
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For Flamenco in Schools performances please contact us HERE.
To see a class schedule of flamenco classes taught by SFFDC artistic director Kerensa DeMars visit: