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Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco
presents World Premiere

Pasajes Flamencos at SFIAF

Calendar Editors Please Note
Who: Theatre Flamenco de San Francisco
What: Pasajes Flamencos
Where: Dance Mission Theater
Date & Time: Friday May 10, 8:00 PM
Tickets: Early Bird: $20, Advance: $25, Door: $28
Early Bird Tickets On-Sale Until March 31, 2024
Box Office and Information: or 415-399-9554

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March 21, 2024, San Francisco.
San Francisco International Arts Festival is proud to present the world premiere of Pasajes Flamencos by Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco.

Directed by the visionary Carola Zertuche, Pasajes Flamencos is a captivating production that seamlessly blends innovation with tradition. Prepare to be mesmerized by a unique fusion of modern creativity and the rich, authentic roots of flamenco. Pasajes Flamencos transcends boundaries, inviting the audience on a spellbinding journey through the heart of this passionate and timeless art form. It is an opportunity to witness the vibrancy of flamenco come to life in a breathtaking showcase of skill, emotion, and cultural resonance for an unforgettable evening of artistic expression and celebration.

Founded in 1966, Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco is one of the longest, continually running flamenco performance groups outside of Spain.The organization exists to support the cultural enrichment of the San Francisco Bay Area through the presentation and promotion of flamenco, an art form that sprang from an international and rich mix of cultural and ethnic influences that converged in southern Spain. For 58 years Theatre Flamenco has been producing richly imaginative and thematic shows in collaboration with local and international artists, offering classes with world-famous flamenco artists to students of all ages and abilities, and maintaining strong ties to flamenco artists around the world.


Carola Zertuche (Artist Director)

Born in Torreón, Mexico, Carola Zertuche currently serves as the artistic director of Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco, celebrated its 50th year in 2016. During her tenure as artistic director of Theatre Flamenco, she has worked to forge artistic collaborations with international and local artists in productions that pay homage to traditional styles of flamenco while also embracing and showcasing new, modern and even avant-garde approaches to the art form. The results have been some of the most innovative, intriguing, and professional flamenco productions ever staged in the Bay Area, along with a growing profile for the company nationally and abroad. 

Ms. Zertuche began her dance career in Mexico City’s Tablao Meson de Triana, where she studied with Manolo Vargas and Pilar Rioja, and where she shared the stage with such illustrious artists as Domingo Ortega, Juan de Angelica, Antonio Rey, El Kiki, and Luisa de Cadiz. Thereafter, she moved to Spain to study with Ciro, Belen Maya, Andrés Marín, Israel Galvan and jota master, Pedro Azorin. While in Spain, she was also a featured dancer with the company Los Tarantos. 

She has toured throughout Mexico, the United States, and the Middle East with highly revered flamenco companies including Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco, and has danced in esteemed venues including the Joyce Theatre in New York, the Jacob’s Pillow Dances Festival in Western Massachusetts, the Lensic in Santa Fe, the Tablao Flamenco in Albuquerque, and the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. She has collaborated on projects with La Tania as guest artist with the Domingo Ortega Flamenco Company in Los Angeles, with the Andrés Marín Company in the “First Flamenco Festival San Francisco", and as a special guest artist with the Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe Theatre Company at the Royal Daphna Hall in Doha, Qatar. Ms. Zertuche's inspiring work was showcased in the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival from 2002 to 2009, the Santa Barbara Ethnic Dance Festival in 2001, and in Mexico at the Flamenco Festivals in Monterrey and Mexico City.

She has received numerous nominations and awards for her talents and contributions to flamenco, and was nominated in 2002 for the Isadora Duncan Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Performance: Soloist”. She has since been recognized for “Best Classic Flamenco Show”, San Francisco Magazine in 2007 and for “Best Flamenco Show”, San Francisco Weekly in 2008. In 2009, she received her second nomination for the Isadora Duncan Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Performance: Ensemble.” 

Her unwavering devotion to the art form is woven throughout her stunning performances and choreography, which have been met with much critical acclaim, among them: "Verde" in 2005, with the participation of Pastora Galvan and Jose Anillo, "El Color del Flamenco" in 2003, in Mexico with the show "Sentido Flamenco" starring Alegría Suarez, Cano, MercedesAmaya and Santiago Aguilar in 2002, "Al Compas del Tiempo" in 2007, "El Camino Perfecto" in 2008 and "Ser y Estar" in 2009.

In 2017, Ms. Zertuche made her San Francisco Opera debut as the choreographer for La Traviata.

“El Cruce de Lenguajes x The Crossing of Languages” was performed for San Francisco International Dance Festival at Fort Mason in June, 2018 and just finished Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco 52nd Fall Home Seasons in September, 2018. This production shows Ms. Zertuche’s high quality of creation and sincere respect to Flamenco Art. It is the most original and innovative flamenco but the most flamenco show.

Ms. Zertuche’s acclaimed production, “Soul y Alma” was a Tribute of Gospel and Flamenco music. The collaboration between Theatre Flamenco and The Glide Ensemble premiered February 1, 2019 at Herbst Theatre.

Ms. Zertuche's latest production, "Un Mundo sin Tiempo" (A World Without Time), premiered at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco in May 2023. This groundbreaking production not only showcased Ms. Zertuche's unparalleled artistic vision but also featured world-renowned artists from Spain, marking a significant milestone in her career. With "Un Mundo sin Tiempo," Ms. Zertuche continues to push the boundaries of flamenco, seamlessly blending tradition with innovation and solidifying her reputation as a trailblazer in the flamenco world.

Along with her role as Artistic Director for Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco, Carola continues teaching flamenco dance classes at Theatre Flamenco dance studio in San Francisco, as well as local and international flamenco dance workshops.

Calendar Editors Please Note
Who: Theatre Flamenco de San Francisco
What: Pasajes Flamenco
Where: Dance Mission Theater
Date & Time: Friday, May 10, 8:00 PM
Tickets: Early Bird: $20, Advance: $25, Door: $28
Early Bird Tickets On-Sale Until March 31, 2024
Box Office and Information: or 415-399-9554

Photos Available on Request


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