Doors 7:30 pm; Show 8:00 pm
Ticket are $18 / $20 at the Door
Maestra Series Packages $48 - $150
Arte es Resistencia (Art is Resistance)
Featuring Caminos Flamencos
Artists: Yaelisa, director
Jason McGuire, guitarist
Jose Blanco “El Grillo”, singer
plus Javier and Luis Jimenez from Barrio Manouche
Dancers Devon LaRussa, Grey Kelley, Kiki Korner, Claudia Bermudez, Katiana Vila, and Ligia Giese
Arte es Resistencia is a flamenco show based on traditional flamenco, a statement of solidarity with our brothers and sisters in resistance towards anything resembling conformity. In today’s world, art is more necessary than ever as a counter-statement against the conformity of acceptance, against the politics of division and hate and even bigotry. Flamenco historically has long been an art of the streets, borne of persecution and prejudice against the Gypsy and the nomad. Flamenco arose from the poetry of suffering of the poor, downtrodden and in its inherent spirit, is an improvisational music and dance that offers raw, pure emotion as a tool against tyranny.
Caminos Flamencos embodies and fulfills this legacy through every performance and we are honored to be presenting this performance at the landmark space of Ashkenaz and all it represents to our community. OLE!
Maestra Yaelisa is the Emmy Award-winning dancer, choreographer, and founder of Yaelisa & 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. The Los Angeles Times has said “Her [Yaelisa] interplay with the accompanists proved especially exciting, and the immediacy of her dancing reflected contemporary priorities with great assurance…McGuire’s jazz-tinged technique and technical mastery found a satisfying showcase in his Act 2 solo.” The recipient of numerous awards both locally and nationallly, Caminos Flamencos boasts some of the finest flamenco artists in the U.S., including Jason McGuire “El Rubio,” one of the most watched guitarists on YouTube; Jesus Montoya, the “Pavarotti of flamenco,” and acclaimed dancers Melissa Cruz, Fanny Ara, and Marina Elana.