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.
Led by artistic director Kerensa DeMars, SFFDC presents annual theatrical performances including the recent work '5XLORCA' at the 2018 San Francisco International Arts Festival.
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 like 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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Volver is a celebration of the poetic heart of flamenco: the music of the first cry, the first kiss, a call to prayer, the heart’s lament, the joy of living. The poetry of Leonard Cohen, Federico Garcia Lorca, Rumi and Violeta Parra is put to the soulful song of Flamenco. From Spain, the Middle East and the US, performers interpret the fierce, sensual, heartbreaking and joyful aspects of human experience that unite us all.
Volver is a return to the Moorish roots of flamenco with a first-time collaboration between master musicians Amir-John Haddad and Ali Paris, Syrian percussionist Faisal Zedan, and gypsy flamenco singer José Cortés. These internationally renowned musicians create a stunning score for the San Francisco Flamenco Dance Company’s original choreography.
From Spain, the Middle East and the US, performers interpret the fierce, sensual, heartbreaking and joyful aspects of human experience that unite us all in this new collaboration directed by Kerensa DeMars.
Amir-John Haddad - Musical Direction, Guitar, Oud, Buzuki
Ali Paris - Qanun, Vocals
José Cortés - Cante
Faisal Zedan - Percussion
Daniel Fries - Bass
Manuel Gutierrez - Dance, Choreography
Melissa Cruz - Dance, Choreography
Bianca Rodriguez - Dance
Kerensa DeMars - Artistic Direction, Dance, Choreography
THE SAN FRANCISCO FLAMENCO DANCE COMPANY IS A 501C3 NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION. YOU CAN MAKE A TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION BY CLICKING ON THE DONATE NOW BUTTON.
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