AguaClara Flamenco (USA)

Compás y Corazón
Tablao Flamenco

Friday May 27, 9:30pm
Duration: 80-90 minutes with a 15 minute intermission

Gallery 308
Tickets: General Admission
$20 advance $25 door
Reserved Table Seating
$25 in advance, $30 at door
Front row reserved seating
$30 advance $35 at door


Artistic Director/Dancer:
Clara Rodriguez
Musical Director/Guitarist:
David McLean
Guest Dancers:
Timo Nuñez and Mizuho Sato
José Cortés
Jose Manuel Blanco "El Grillo"
Gopal Slavonic


AguaClara Flamenco presents Compás y Corazón: Tablao Flamenco in a collaboration of international flamenco artists residing in California, representing Spain, France, Japan, and the U.S. Set up in a cabaret format with a highly-charged, improvisational approach inspired by the gutsy flamenco tablaos of Spain, the company offers an authentic glimpse into the raw, rhythmic heart of this powerful art form.

Oakland-based AguaClara Flamenco was formed in 2011, and has since presented multiple performances featured at venues and theatres both within and outside of the Bay Area. Artistic Director/Choreographer Clara Rodriguez has presented two full length works, “Somos Tierra” and “Diálogos” created in 2013 and 2015 respectively, premiering at San Francisco’s Cowell Theatre and produced by the Azahar Dance Foundation. The company has held an ongoing performance cycle at The Sound Room for the past three years and frequently features guest artists from around the US and abroad.


Clara Rodriguez, artistic director/dancer

Clara Rodriguez is the founder of AguaClara Flamenco Company and a dancer, choreographer and singer in the Bay area, bringing 25 years of immersion in the artform to her craft. Her performances include such venues as the Jaipur Palace of India, Tablao Albayzin of Granada, Spain, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, War Memorial Opera House, and Palace of Fine Arts of San Francisco, Oakland’s Paramount Theatre, Greek Theater of Los Angeles and many others. In September of 2015 she presented her most recent production “Diálogos” at the Cowell Theater in collaboration with the Azahar Dance Foundation.

Timo Nuñez, guest dancer

Timo Nuñez began dancing at 7, working with Linda Vega, Roberto Amaral, Juan Talavera. He was featured in Debbie Allen's "PEPITO'S STORY" at the Kennedy Center and began traveling to Spain for training. At 18 he won the "LA Music Center Spotlight Award" and he signed with MSA Agency. He won 1st place at the National Institute of Flamenco Festival’s annual competition. A model, dancer and actor, some credits include: Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair, Fox’s “So you think you can Dance”, RENT, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Carlos Santana, Carmen, La Traviata, Nescafé and recently choreographed for Jennifer Lopez’s Las Vegas Residency, “All I have”.

Mizuho Sato, guest dancer

Born in Iwate, Japan, Mizuho Sato first encountered flamenco while attending university in Tokyo. She received training in Seville, Spain with Manolo Marin, Maria del Mar Verranga, Javier Cruz, and Alicia Marquez. Returning to Tokyo, she started performing in several well known tablaos. After moving to Los Angeles in 2004, Mizuho performed at the 1st annual Los Angeles Flamenco Festival and such popular venues as El Cid and the Fountain Theatre, and was featured in Kumpanía, a film about flamenco in Los Angeles. She has shared the stage with legendary Spanish artists such as Joaquin Grilo, Jose Galván, Isaac de los Reyes, and Juan Ogalla.

David McLean, musical director/guitarist

David McLean’s musical wanderings finally converged in Granada, where he studied guitar for several years under renowned guitarists Rafaelin Habichuela and Emilio Maya, Jose Galvez, and others. Since returning from Spain, David has performed in hundreds of traditional and contemporary flamenco productions, from local venues to stages throughout the United States. He released his first album of original compositions in 2007 and has since composed music for several theatrical productions, including stage-adaptations such of Cervantes’, “Don Quixote” and Lorca’s, “Blood Wedding”.

José Cortés, singer

José Cortés Fernández was born in the south of France into an important gypsy family from Almería. He was immersed in the world of flamenco with such foundational artists as Terremoto, Pansequito, Camarón de la Isla, Moraíto Chico and Tomatito. He has shared the stage with an array of premier flamenco artists including Antonio Carmona of Ketama, Belen López, Alfonso Losa, Sergio Arranda, Juan Ogalla, and a host of others. In 2010 he moved to the U.S. and performs regularly nationwide, including with companies “Caminos Flamencos” and “Theatre Flamenco” of San Francisco, Fanny Ara, Manuel Gutierrez, Juan Siddi Flamenco of Santa Fe and many others.

Jose Manuel Blanco “El Grillo”, singer/percussionist

Jose Manuel Blanco, El Grillo, was born and raised in the Spanish seaport town of Gijón, Spain. Coming from a family of rich musical traditions, Jose is an accomplished guitar player, producer, arranger, composer, writer, vocalist and percussionist. El Grillo has contributed to records by artists such as Steve Pasero, Rebecca Mauleon, Tito Puente, Ottmar Liebert, and the Grammy nominated Eddy Xol. “Una Noche,” written by El Grillo in collaboration with Yaya Maldonado and Edgardo Cambon along with “Liliana” are featured in the major motion picture “The New Age”, directed by Michael Tolkin and produced by Oliver Stone.

Gopal Slavonic, guitarist

Gopal Slavonic trained at the prestigious 'Fundacion de Arte Flamenco Cristina Heeren' in Sevilla, Spain studying with flamenco guitarists Miguel Angel Cortez, Jose Postigo, Antonio Carmona and Tino Van Der Sman. He frequently returns to Jerez de la Frontera where he studies with Jose Galvez and Luis Balao. He has performed with flamenco artists including Kina Mendez, Cerro Negro, La Fibi, Mark Taylor, Melissa Cruz, Carola Zertuche, Zahara, and Jose Galvez. In 2008 he released his second CD 'Dos Orillas' and leads the group Flamenco del Oro. Gopal was the featured guitarist in 'Zahara Flamenco Al Andaluz' at The Cowell Theater in San Francisco.


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