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8:00 pm

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November 18-19
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El Portal Theatre Sonidos Gitanos Con Vivencia

FlamencoLive Productions Presents

Maria Bermudez Sonidos Gitanos

~ ConVivencia ~

Flamenco Music & Dance direct from Andalucia, Spain

Critically acclaimed director, choreographer, and principal dancer, Maria Bermudez brings her internationally successful Sonidos Gitanos (Gypsy Sounds) back to Los Angeles for two nights only on El Portal’s MainStage, featuring master musicians from Jerez de la Frontera, the “birthplace of Flamenco.”

Miguel Rosendo, Cante/Singer
Ana de los Reyes, Cante/Singer
Bernardo Parilla, Gypsy Violin
Jesus Alvarez, Guitar

With Special Guest Artist Pedro Córdoba, Bailaor/Dancer

Bermudez, born and raised in Los Angeles, has now realized more than two decades of professional collaboration with the legendary Jerezano artists that have celebrated her as an “Official Ambassador of Gypsy culture.” Recognized for soulfully expressive dancing, and extraordinary loyalty to the art form, Bermudez’ Sonidos Gitanos has given California audiences unique opportunities to experience Flamenco in its most authentic form, laced with spontaneity and improvisation. And introducing us to some of the most innovative flamenco artists that Spain offers, in ever-evolving performances.

Onstage Bermudez invokes the traditions she knows intimately from her earliest days of study under the great dancer and Patriarch, El Farruco, (whose great-grandsons grace international stages today). But for the first time this year, Bermudez shares the stage with a group of stunning young professionals from Santa Barbara: Jocy Cardenas, Amanda Cuevas, Marisa Haro, Sabrina Ibarra and Talia Vestal. In the spirit of coming “Full Circle,” this ConVivencia strengthens the connection between Andalusian Gypsy culture and the southern California communities in which Bermudez originally trained, began working, and continues to influence as a seasoned artist, teacher and choreographer.

Bermudez has led Sonidos Gitanos to such venues as the Hollywood Bowl and John Anson Ford Theatres in Los Angeles, The Joyce Theatre and Lincoln Center in New York, the Festival de Beaucaire in France, the Folk Culture Festival Obwalden in Switzerland, and back home again to the revered Teatro Villamarta during the prestigious Festival Flamenco de Jerez.

"A sense of community is one of the great joys of Sonidos Gitanos … led by Maria Bermudez, a [dancer] capable of focusing on complex percussive heelwork in one passage, powerful emotional projection in another and then throwing it all away in glorious idiosyncratic outbursts...." – The Los Angeles Times

El Portal Theatre Sonidos Gitanos Con Vivencia
El Portal Theatre Sonidos Gitanos Con Vivencia
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