An experimental flamenco dance performance about survivors’ strength and resilience.
Sintonía presents its inaugural production, Tattooed, an experimental flamenco dance performance that gives voice to survivors marked by abuse. Consisting of a series of theatrical vignettes, this show illustrates stories that have scarred, yet shaped their lives. Ultimately, Tattooed is a proclamation of strength, resilience, and seeks to challenge people’s perspectives on flamenco and survivors.
Join Sintonía Artistic Director Fanny Ara for an artist talkback on Thursday, December 10th at 8:15 pm immediately following the performance broadcast. Free to festival pass holders.
Sintonía is a contemporary flamenco dance company created in 2018 by Fanny Ara and Marina Elana based in Oakland, California. The company’s mission is to create thought- provoking, culturally relevant dance productions though the powerful language of flamenco. By combining traditional elements of flamenco with contemporary movement and music, Sintonía wants to explore themes that will challenge social norms and inspire change.
Fanny Ara (Sintonía Co-Founder, Artistic Director, Dancer) is an internationally sought-after and award-winning choreographer, performer and instructor. Her most dedicated worldwide fans especially credit her as one of the driving forces of flamenco today; an artist excelling in the full spectrum of flamenco, from the most traditional to the avant-garde. Fanny has been an invited artist in national and international festivals and has toured extensively in Canada, Central and South America, the Middle East, Africa, and throughout Europe. She has been distinguished since 2006 with nominations from the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards in the categories of Most Outstanding Individual Dancer, Most Outstanding Music, Ensemble, and Individual Performance for her project, Juncal Street, and Best Ensemble for her work with the San Francisco Opera in La Traviata. New York’s Vilcek Foundation also awarded Fanny a prestigious finalist prize for “Creative Promise in Dance” in 2012.
Marina Elana (Sintonía Co-Founder, Director of Operations/Development, Dancer) has performed with the most important flamenco companies in the United States over the past twelve years including Caminos Flamencos, Maria Benitez’s Teatro Flamenco in Santa Fe and the world-renowned, Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca, based in New York City. Marina has performed with Noche Flamenca for the past seven years and has toured extensively with the company both nationally and internationally. Last year, Brian Seibert from The New York Times reviewed her as “a dancer of distinction.” Marina was chosen to perform and present her choreographies at the New York International Fringe Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Festival, the Queensboro Dance Festival and Stanford University’s NExT Performance Series. Marina graduated from Stanford University in 2008 with a degree in Film and Media Studies specializing in “Avant-Garde Aesthetics and Performance.”
Yaelisa (Guest Dancer) is one of the most gifted Flamenco artists of her generation and a driving force in American flamenco. She has performed with many of Spain’s finest artists, including Alejandro Granados, Antonio “El Pipa,” Manuel and Antonio Malena, Domingo Ortega, Enrique “El Extremeno,” Yeye de Cádiz, Mateo Soleá, El Junco, Juan Ogalla, Geronimo, and Felipe Maya. She is the recipient of an Emmy Award for Choreography in 1993 for the PBS program, “Desde Cádiz a Sevilla,” and an NEA Choreography Fellowship. In 2005, Yaelisa and her company, Caminos Flamencos, received an Isadora Duncan Dance Award (Izzie) for excellence in the category of “Best Company Performance,” and in 2006 she was chosen as one of ABC-7’s “Profiles in Excellence” Hispanic leadership awardees. Yaelisa has been a guest choreographer for the San Francisco Opera, where her piece was nominated for an Izzie.”
Gonzalo Grau (Musical Director, Piano & Keyboards), A Berklee College Suma Cum Laude, Gonzalo has established himself as a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and arranger. He leads two projects of his own, “Plural” and “La Clave Secreta,” Grammy nominated for Best Tropical Album. Some of his productions include “West Side Story” with the Labeque sisters (Choc the Classica), Golijov’s “La Pasión según San Marcos” (ECHO award 2010), “México” with Rolando Villazón (ECHO award 2011), and Nazareno aKatia and Marielle Labeque, released by Deutsche Grammophon. Original works include “Pregunta y Respuesta” (Atlanta Symphony), “Café con Pan”, (Chicago Symphony), “Nazareno” (Katia & Marielle Labeque), “Aqua” (Bach Academy International – European Composer Award 2011), “Viaje (Boston Landmarks Orchestra), “Fantasía de Guayaba Habanera” (Johnny Gandelsman and the Community MusicWorks), “Five-legged-cat” (Brooklyn Rider), among many others. In 2019, Gonzalo was nominated to the Grammy Awards in the category of Best Arrangement Instrumental and Vocals.
José Maldonado (Stage Director) is an emerging internationally acclaimed flamenco artist from Barcelona, Spain. A dancer and choreographer known for combining tradition with the avant-garde, Maldonado is a rising star in flamenco’s theatrical scene. Maldonado has toured the world as a soloist and guest artist with the world’s best artists including Manuel Liñán, Marco Flores, Rafaela Carrasco, Antonio Canales, Javier Latorre and Rocío Molina. Maldonado has also directed and choreographed for multiple dance schools and companies including The Superior Conservatory of Dance María de Ávila, The Institute of Theater in Barcelona and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana in New York City. He is a winner of multiple awards for choreography in Spain and he just won the “Artistic Revelation” award at the prestigious 2019 Festival de Jerez.
Matías López “El Mati” (Singer) was born in Barcelona, Spain, and is currently one of flamenco’s most in-demand singers and musicians. He has performed in the most important national and international flamenco festivals and has accompanied some of the most prolific artists including Antonio Canales, Cristina Hoyos, Manolo Marin, Jorge Pardo, El Pele, Pepe Habichuela, Chano Domínguez, Rafaela Carrasco and Pastora and Israel Galván. “El Mati” just recently won one of Spain’s most prestigious flamenco singing awards, “La Lámpara Minera 2019.”
David Chupete (Percussion) was born in Seville, Spain. He studied at the Conservatory of Triana and received his degree at the “Universidad de Sevilla.” In 2012, Chupete entered the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía under the direction of Rúben Olmo and accompanied Antonio Canales, Pastora Galván and Rocío Molina. He has toured the world performing in top festivals and currently accompanies some of the best artists in flamenco including Patricia Guerrero, Juan Peña “El Lebrijano,” Arcángel, Pedro el Granaino, David Peña Dorantes, Pedro Sierra, and Olga Pericet.
Ernesto Briceño (Violinist) graduated from Berklee College of Music. He has performed internationally with Chicuelo, Miguel Poveda, Seiji Kojima, Somorrostro Dansa Flamenca, Duquende and has collaborated with Omayra Amaya, Pedro Cortes and Gonzalo Grau. Briceño recently composed and produced the music of the award-winning documentary film, “La Chana.”
Ideation & Creative Conception Fanny Ara and Marina Elana