Flamenco dancer Amador Rojas will perform his original production, Mandala, in his first show outside his native Spain at 8 p.m. Friday, April 30th at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center’s Eli and Edythe Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica.
Rojas debuted Mandala in March 2009, combining Middle Eastern rhythms, percussion, and classical melodies along with traditional flamenco. He will be joined on stage by some of Los Angeles’ top flamenco musicians.
An event spokesperson said the exclusive one-night performance is set in a venue where guests can enjoy flamenco in an intimate ambience.
Rojas was born into a family of gypsies in Los Palacios outside of Seville, Spain, and he began studying dance at the age of seven. As a teenager, he joined his first dance company touring in the theater production of Carmen for five years.
In 2008 Rojas formed his own dance company and created “Kalo Calo,” a production portraying the life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo through flamenco for which he won several prestigious dance awards.
A photography exhibit featuring images of Rojas by Alvera de Leon will show before the performance at 7 p.m. April 30th at the Broad Stage.
Tickets are $40-$75.
Information, (310) 990-8935 or www.amadorrojas.com/.