Sold Out! Gala Alfonso Losa Flamenco: Espacio Creativo

Date

August 04, 2023

Time

07:30 pm

Venue

Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA

Price

$51 - $106USD

Information

The Flamenco Arts Festival (FAF) wishes to thank the Lobero Theatre Foundation, Old Spanish Days Fiesta, and Tourist Office of Spain in Los Angeles for their support of FAF 2023.

This event is part of the Lobero’s 150th Anniversary celebration.

On Stage

Alfonso Losa (dancer, choreographer, director); Concha Jareño (dancer, guest artist); Francisco Vinuesa (guitarist, composer); Ángeles Toledano (singer); Antonio Luque “Canito” (singer).

Artistic Direction and Choreography

Alfonso Losa, Rafael Estévez & Valeriano Paños

Gala Performance

Flamenco: Espacio Creativo premiered in October 2021 at the Teatros del Canal in Madrid as part of the Suma Flamenco Festival and received the Critics’ Award at the XXVI Festival de Jerez in 2022 (Spain).

We start from a whole, but in reality, we have nothing. Our heritage is immense, but each creation confronts us with the unknown: with something that needs to be born, and that we must discover. The seed of Flamenco: Espacio Creativo is simply my love for dance in its broadest and most respectful concept. This is the one major reason that led me to introspection, to rework my language, to rediscover and surprise myself. With Estévez & Paños, I immerse myself in poetry impregnated with new energies and concepts. I expose my body to unusual movements in my choreographic alphabet. I find in the other concomitant languages the natural and necessary extensions to harmonize my discourse. I am motivated by the complexity of contrasts and challenge myself to develop a palette of different emotions.

There is no transgression, but rather deep research in relation to what has already been created because the creative space of flamenco dance is like the universe: defined, but unlimited.

Alfonso Losa

He is the most genuine current representative of the Madrid school of flamenco dance and the necessary bridge between the masters and the new generations. In full artistic maturity Alfonso Losa has managed to articulate his own language with which he is able to transmit the most authentic concepts of traditional dance through the new dance codes of our days, of which he is one of the architects. Alfonso Losa has managed to harmonize the austerity, verticality, and elegance of the Madrid school with a vertiginous rhythm and prodigious body control. He is the most classical of the contemporaries and the most contemporary of the classics.

Awards such as “El Desplante” (Festival de La Unión), the “Premio Güito por Soleá” of the National Competition of Córdoba 2007, or the Best Dancer of the Spanish Dance and Flamenco Contest of Madrid (twice) endorse a career of progress that has been observed and valued by artists such as Morente, Tomatito, Gerardo Núñez, Enrique de Melchor, Niño Josele, Rubém Dantas and Montse Cortés, who have summoned his company on stage. A master of the great masters (who come to his classes from all over the world), Alfonso Losa is constantly searching for the immutable truths contained in flamenco and does not negotiate with fashions. He creates new schemes without breaking the mold. He builds without deconstructing. He works with authenticity. He dances as he is.

Program, artists, dates and times subject to change.

Ticket price includes a $6 facility fee. Tickets will be $10 more on the day of the show.