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La Espina Weaves Light and Shadow for a Modern Take on Flamenco

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Go to a place that evokes dreamy memories, surreal light play and complacent beauty with award-winning flamenco artist Olga Pericet. In her show, La Espina: The Thorn That Dreamed of Being a Flower or the Flower that Dreamed of Being a Dancer, she blends traditional form with contemporary vision as she appears in a variety of sculptural images and transformations.

The one-night-only show will be 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Ford Theatre. La Espina is choreographed by Pericet; Carlota Ferrer serves as director and dramaturge. The show took the Best Performance Award at Spain's Jerez Festival in 2017.

"We are honoured to be presenting the estimable Olga Pericet," said Ford Theatres Executive Director Olga Garay-English. "Flamenco dance has a long tradition at the Ford Theatres; the Ford's natural backdrop and gorgeous outdoor setting is the perfect match for this passionate dance form."

Born in 1975 and considered one of the top flamenco and Spanish dancers of her time, Pericet has been noted as a revolutionary artist moving her art forms forward, creating a highly personal and modern "anarchic" take on a time-honored custom.

She has studied with masters such as Matilde Coral, Manolo Marín, Maica Moyano, and José Granero; she has been a soloist and guest artist with companies such as that of Rafaela Carrasco, Nuevo Ballet Español, Arrieritos, Miguel Ángel Berna, Teresa Nieto, Belén Maya, and Ballet Nacional de España; and, in 2004, launched her own career as a choreographer and soloist with the show Bolero, carta de amor y desamor. Together with Manuel Liñán, she created the show Cámara negra. This same year, she created the company Chanta la Mui, together with Marco Flores and Daniel Doña, which has offered a handful of works revealing their revolutionary vision of flamenco dance.

Pericet's recognition includes winning Spain's National Dance Award in 2018, the ACE Theatre Awards 2016, the Critical Eye award RNE 2014, and the National Pilar López Flamenco Award, among others.

This performance, presented with The Fountain Theatre, is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Proceeds benefit the Ford Theatre Foundation.

La Espina: The Thorn That Dreamed of Being a Flower or the Flower that Dreamed of Being a Dancer

  • Saturday, September 21 at 8PM
  • Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East Hollywood - Google Maps

Tickets are available online at FordTheatres.org and by phone (323) 461-3673.