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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Forever Flamenco presents
Manuel Gutierrez in
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
Sunday, March 26 at 8 p.m.
The Fountain Theatre
5060 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90029
(Fountain at Normandie)
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