The Sixth Annual Celina Zambon Flamenco Dance Company performance, “Andalucia: The Birthplace of Flamenco,” will premiere at the Morgan Wixson Theatre, 2527 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, November 8th.
Celina Zambon, one of the premiere master Flamenco dancers and instructors in Southern California, is presenting the unique mix of beginner to professional dancers for the performance. The one-of-a-kind show features world-renowned musical guests, including vocalist Antonio de Jerez, guitarist Kai Narezo, and Cajon percussionist Gerardo Morales.
Zambon is one of the few premiere Flamenco dancers bringing the mysterious and vibrant culture of Flamenco to the Los Angeles community, a theater spokesperson said.
“Our musicians and dancers will take the audience on a journey through Spanish music and dance,” Zambon said. “Guests will feel the authenticity, the dignity, the electricity, the integrity and passion of Flamenco. It will be an emotional experience for anyone in the intimate 200 seat theater, which will seem more like a genuine Spanish tablao.”
Zambon has been directing, producing and training students for profession-quality live performances in Los Angeles for nine years. She has dedicated nearly two decades of performance experience and technical study to advance her dance company while grooming beginning dancers to be stage-ready in just under one year. For many students, she says this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform in a professional production.
“When students begin to study Flamenco, they are learning to control the body and express themselves through movement, as well as read music and count like a percussionist,” Zambon says. “The dancer is a musician being creative with his or her own instrument — the feet.”
Audiences will experience classic guitar, the Cajon — a Spanish drum — and Flamenco vocals through expert musicians as they create different tempos, or, “palos,” including Bulerias, Caracoles, Solea por Bulerias, Seguerillas, Sevillanas, Solea and Tangos.
Unlike ballet and other traditional forms of dance, Flamenco is uniquely open to the interpretation of the dancer, Zambon says. Many of the finer movements are un-named allowing the dancer to fuse his or her own personal experience into the dance, while still retaining the overall traditional style.
People from all backgrounds, professions and ages — from 16 to 60 — are trained by Zambon at the Born to Play Production studio in Santa Monica.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, however, Zambon advises purchasing tickets in advance, as the shows are sold out every year. To order, (310) 625-1715, or firstname.lastname@example.org/.
For more information on tickets, classes and upcoming performances, www.celinazambon.net/.