L.A. Int’l Flamenco Festival: March 7&9 2024

The International Flamenco Festival Features Living Legend ‘Tomatito’,

‘Jose Maya & Rycardo Moreno’ direct from Spain – March 7 and 9.


By Ernest Kearney — What is it about Flamenco?

The magic is in the fusion.

              Flamenco is like some mystical hybrid, a construct of two distinctly different parts that seem initially at odds, a lion and an eagle, a man and a stallion, a woman and a serpent.

              Flamenco is a wailing of unplumbed anguish and an exaltation of unquenchable elation that, when melded through dance and music, results in a celebration of the human spirit.

              You can perform ballet successfully if the specialized skills it demands have been acquired and honed. 

              You can be a star of Broadway musicals if possessed with the right looks and with the acquired technique of flash and pizzazz.

              But to be a star of Flamenco demands more.  A depth of spirit within.

              If you have never experienced the dance and songs of Flamenco, to do so is a revelation with the dynamism you’d expect of “The Big Bang.”  Flamenco musicians do not so much “play” their instruments as dominate them.  Watching a Flamenco guitarist play one wonders how such a subtleness of hand motions can produce such a tempest of tones. 

              It nearly defies words to convey the power and grace expressed by these artists in their music and dance, or to describe the concentrated intensity and emotional abundance Flamenco yields in the performance. 

Flamenco master José Maya with the flagbearer of the flamenco avant-garde, Rycardo Moreno

              The language of Flamenco is fascinating in and of itself.  One of my favorite terms is “coraje.”  The literal translation is “courage.”  But when applied to Flamenco it means performing with daring.

              In this time of ours, when courage of convictions, courage of action, courage of speech is so lacking, to experience “coraje” on stage approaches the intoxicating, 

              You’ll find that if you experience Flamenco.

              You may also find it addicting.

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2024 Los Angeles International Flamenco Festival

World-Class Flamenco Artists Direct from Spain

Thursday, March 7, 2024; 8pm

Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

One of Spain’s Great Modern Masters of the Flamenco Guitar
with Special Guest Dancer

Karime Amaya


Saturday, March 9, 2024; 8pm

Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Los Angeles

4401 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

José Maya, Dancer
Flamenco Guitarist Rycardo Moreno

~ Pianist Andrés Barrios

with Special Guest Dancer Mizuho Sato ~

Opening for Both Shows

For more information and tickets, please visit https://laflamencofestival.com/

Ernest Kearney - auhtor

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Written by

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. Kearney remains focused on his writing, as well as living happily ever after with his lovely wife Marlene. His stage reviews and social essays can be found at TheTVolution.com and workingauthor.com. Follow him on Facebook.

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