NOCHES FLAMENCAS in East Los Angeles
Featuring Compañia Chicanas Gitanas
Co-Directed by Tiana Alvarez & Briseyda Zarate
June 24th and 25th at 7:30 pm
Chicanas Gitanas & Company ignite the stage with a masterful rendition of authentic Flamenco in its most exciting manifestation - The Tablao. Pushing the limits of self-expression and moving away from choreographed steps and towards exciting improvisation, these masterful artists will take you on an intimate and exhilarating journey deep into the heart and soul of Flamenco!
Briseyda Zárate Fernández is a professional Flamenco dancer, Choreographer & Master Teacher with a career spanning 30 years. She’s a Mexicana/Chicana with Andalusian Roma/Gypsy ancestry, raised by a farm worker family in Delano, CA. She is considered among the few in the top most level practicing this art form in the United States.
Her career highlights include performing nightly in the legendary Tablao “El Café De Chinitas” in Madrid while studying with Master teacher Manuel Reyes Maya. She’s shared the stage with well known artists Carmen Ledesma, Amparo Heredia, La Farruca & Remedios Amaya amongst many more. In the U.S she was awarded first place at the “IV Concurso Nacional de Flamenco” in Albuquerque, NM. She’s performed at the Jacob’s Pillow Festival, La Fiesta de La Buleria in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Ford Amphitheater, “Forever Flamenco” at the Fountain Theater, California Plaza for Grand Performances and has choreographed “CARMEN” for the LA Opera. Most recently she directed & performed her show “Mestizaje Puro” the Festival Flamenco in Albuquerque, New Mexico, an honor reserved for the best in the field.
Briseyda is passionate about both performing and teaching and is also a talented singer. She is sincerely committed to transmitting her love of this art to the next generation of dancers and audiences.
Tiana Alvarez is a multifaceted artist, dancer and choreographer who began dancing at family parties since she could walk. At the age of four Tiana began her dance studies in Los Angeles where she had early training in ballet, jazz, hip hop and other world dance forms. Tiana attended UCLA where she received her B.A. in Dance with a minor in Chican@ Studies. She has performed and collaborated with Peter Sellars, El Teatro Campesino, Donald Byrd, Nuria Castejon, LA Philharmonic, LA Opera, the band Quetzal, and toured throughout Europe and the United States. She studied flamenco with La Meira, Nelida Tirado, Manuel Gutierrez, Carmen Ledesma, Carmela Greco, Soledad Barrio, and Omayra Amaya amongst other artists in NYC, LA, and Madrid. Tiana performed regularly in NYC and Los Angeles tablaos, including El Cid and Café Sevilla. She has been a teaching artist for Center Theater Group, Music Center, Flamenco Vivo (NYC) and LA MusArt. Awards and scholarships include Jacob’s Pillow in 2008 and 2011 and a semi-finalist in the Music Center’s Spotlight Awards. Recent dance credits include the Starz show “Vida” (season 2), “The Barber of Seville” “Carmen”, and Cristina Hoyos’ choreography in“El Gato Montes” with the LA Opera. She is a proud resident of East Los Angeles.
As a nonprofit organization, your support of today’s event allows us to support artists on our stage, and teaching artists in our classrooms, and helps us to continue to provide free and low cost arts education programs for students in our unincorporated East Los Angeles area. Your support means the world to us as we continue our 77 year history of providing creative paths to creative futures for our community’s youth.