11° FESTIVAL ‘CUMBRE FLAMENCA’ with ‘El Choro’ & Gema Moneo **POSTPONED** New Date to Come * The Broad Stage, Santa Monica
February 20, 2020
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11° FESTIVAL ‘CUMBRE FLAMENCA’ with ‘El Choro’ & Gema Moneo **POSTPONED** New Date to Come * The Broad Stage, Santa Monica

A Vida Flamenca Production

Direct from Spain!
Featuring Antonio Molina ‘El Choro’ and Gema Moneo
The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, California 90401

Tickets: $48.00-$108.00
V.I.P. Seating includes our Pre-show Paella & Tapas Reception: 5-6:00pm
Reserved Seating + Free Parking / Theater Doors Open at 6:30pm

Soaring, gutsy, visceral Flamenco performances!

Flamenco as an art form is the result of a slow process of musical, cultural, and social alchemy born from the soil of Andalucía. It is a monumental and exquisite mosaic consisting of an infinite collection of colors, forms, and origins.

Vida Flamenca proudly presents award-winning Flamenco dance sensations Antonio Molina ‘El Choro’ and Gema Moneo together for one performance only Sunday, June 14 at 7:00pm at the exquisite Broad Stage in Santa Monica. ‘El Choro’ and Moneo are a compelling duo creating an inspiring and seductive feast of flawless technique and stunning choreography.

Joining them are the sensational singers from Sevilla, Ismael de la Rosa ‘El Bola’ and Jonathan Reyes along with the virtuoso guitarist of Juan Campallo. We are also proud to present members of the Zermeño Dance Academy with an elegant solo by artistic director Daniela Zermeño Sanchez.

Join us and celebrate our universal community and the culture of Spain!


Antonio Molina ‘El Choro’, choreographer/dancer

Through his desire to dance as a natural means of expression, ‘El Choro’ immediately transfixes the audience anxious for truth and spontaneity.

Born in Huelva, ‘El Choro’ has performed throughout Andalusian with numerous flamenco companies including those of Israel Galván, Eva la Yerbabuena (“Eva”), Mercedes Ruiz and with Rafael Campallo at the Villamarta Theatre as part of the Jerez Flamenco Festival. He has also performed as part of the Flamenco Festival in Monterrey, Mexico, the International House in Philadelphia, The Danny Kaye Playhouse, New York and the prestigious Albuquerque and Miami Flamenco Festivals.

In 2015, ‘El Choro’ toured with Vicente Amigo with his award-winning album ‘Tierra’. Molina then debuted the first show with his own company, “Warning: Bayles de Jitanos’, under the direction of Rafael Estévez, for which he won the ‘Revelation Prize’ as part of the 2016 Festival de Jerez. He then continued performing in shows such as ‘Gelem’ with Pedro El Granaíno and Manuel Liñán, and with ‘Mi Baile’ featuring Gema Moneo, Juan Campallo, David Caro, Jesus Corbacho, Pepe de Pura, Jonathan Jimenez and  Paco Vega which toured throughout Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands.

Gema Moneo, choreographer/dancer

To speak about the Gema Moneo one must speak about purity and the essence of “la Plazuela,” about the art from Jerez de la Frontera, the land of “compas” par excellence, and about one of the family dynasties that has brought us soaring traditions in the world of flamenco.

Gema Moneo is the youngest representative of her dynasty, touched by a magic wand of grace, expressiveness and strength. Moneo was a student of Manuela Carpio, Eva Yerbabuena, Farruquito, Juan de Juan, Manuel Liñán. She has performed with Joaquín Cortés among others. At the age of 13, she had established herself at the most prestigious “peñas” and “tablaos” in Andalucia.  For many years she was part of the company of Farruquito, which recently performed at CSUN’s The Soraya in 2019. Now, despite her youth, she is considered one of the best young flamenco dancers from Andalucia.

UNESCO has declared Flamenco to be a World Heritage treasure. Experience this unique, cultural tradition of Spain in the heart of Santa Monica!

Prior to the show, join us for an authentic Spanish Paella & Tapas Reception from Chef Roger Navas-Balladares and Savory Roads Catering. Gold Circle Seating includes the reception; all other levels can purchase the reception for an additional fee. Beverages will be available for purchase.



This event is part of our Vida Flamenca Cultural Arts Programming.

We believe stories shape and transform who we are and what we do both individually and collectively. It is our hope to connect audiences through this deeply enriching and vital experience, to the power, cross-cultural connections and unique character of Flamenco storytelling through dance, and music showcases.

This show is produced by VIDA FLAMENCA, a California-based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to advancing and preserving Spanish dance and music tradition. Ongoing Vida Flamenca programs increase awareness of Spanish Culture through Flamenco dance and music performances, educational workshops and master classes. Since the its’ inception, Vida Flamenca has become the premiere calling card as a Flamenco entertainment source in Los Angeles, Southern California and throughout the United States.

This event is sponsored in part by
The Tourist Office of Spain, Los Angeles.





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