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Forever Flamenco presents Manuel Gutierrez in ‘Five’

at the Fountain Theatre

Forever Flamenco, have I said it once?  Have I said it twice?  I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve said it: “The Best Ticket in Town.”   One Sunday a month, the stage at the Fountain Theatre is scorched by world class artists, dancers and singers of one of the most exhilarating performance forms that exists as they sing and dance the history of ancient Andalusia enfolded in silken influences of Arabic and Hindu.

On Sunday, March 26, Forever Flamenco will feature Manuel Gutierrez as the solo dancer in Five, a reference to himself and the four other artists appearing with him.  Gutierrez, who began dancing Flamenco at age four, is the essence of “coraje” or spontaneity, which is at the core of Flamenco, which flourishes on improvisation much the same way as Jazz does.

The other four on stage with Gutierrez will be singer José Cortes.  If supernovas sang, Cortes could rival them.  Andres Vadin on guitar, Joel Nuñez on piano/sax and Grammy Award-winning percussionist Diego Alvarez “El Negro” will provide rumble to Cortes’ vocal lava and Gutierrez’s volcanic eruption.

Flamenco melds the essence of life’s anguish and exaltation—the one unavoidable the other unquenchable—into a defiant celebration of the human spirit.  It is an expression of the depth of the human soul in a unique language both magnificent and magical.

The monthly performances of the Forever Flamenco Series, are guaranteed not merely to lift your spirits but to soar them, and at the end of the evening if your heart isn’t beating twice as fast as it was when you entered the theater, then check your big toe.  There’s gotta be a tag on it.

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What:

Forever Flamenco presents
Manuel Gutierrez in
Five

Who:

 Artistic Director / Dancer:  Manuel Gutierrez
• Singer: José Cortes
• Guitarist: Andres Vadin
• Sax and Piano: Joel Nuñez
• Percussion: Diego Alvarez “El Negro
• Associate producer: James Bennett
• Presented by Deborah Lawlor and The Fountain Theatre

When:

Sunday, March 26 at 8 p.m.

Where:

The Fountain Theatre
5060 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90029
(Fountain at Normandie)

 

For Tickets and Additional Information:

(323) 663-1525

or

www.FountainTheatre.com


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<p>An award-winning L.A. playwright and rabble-rouser of note who has hoisted glasses with Orson Welles, been arrested on three continents and once beat up Charlie Manson. His first play, “Among the Vipers” was a semi-finalist in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition and was featured in the Carnegie-Mellon Showcase of New Plays. It was produced at the NPT Theater in Ashland, Oregon and Los Angeles’ celebrated Odyssey Ensemble Theatre. His following play, “The Little Boy Who Loved Monsters” was produced at The Hollywood Actors Theater, where he earned praise from the Los Angeles Times for his “…inordinately creative writing.” The play went on to numerous other productions including Berlin’s The Black Theatre under the direction of Rainer Fassbinder who wrote in his program notes of Kearney, “He is a skilled playwright, but more importantly he is a dangerous one.” Ernest Kearney has worked as literary manager or as dramaturge for among others The Hudson Theater Guild, Nova Diem and the Odyssey Ensemble Theatre, where he still serves on the play selection committee. He has been the recipient of two Dramalogue Awards and a finalist or semi-finalist, three times, in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition. His work has been performed by Michael Dunn, Sandra Tsing Loh, Jack Colvin and Billy Bob Thornton, and to date, either as playwright or director, he has upwards of a hundred and thirty productions under his belt, including a few at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater as puppeteer. After a wild and misspent youth, which lasted well into middle age, Kearney has settled down and is focusing on his writing, as well as living happily ever after with his lovely wife Marlene. Ernest’s stage reviews and social essays can be found at TheTVolution.com and workingauthor.com. Follow him on Facebook.</p>

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