Flamenco, opera, jazz, and modern dance come together

to tell three powerful stories of love, loss, and transcendence.

 

Toque Jondo is the creation of Mojácar Flamenco's creative directors, choreographer Katerina Tomás and composer Stephen Dick. Seven years in the making, Toque Jondo draws on the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca and the  music  of Manuel De Falla.

 

Toque Jondo will premiere in Los Angeles in Spring 2020 and will be available for touring thereafter.

Mojácar will showcase Toque Jondo at this year's Western Arts Alliance (WAA) Conference in August. Visit us at space 521.

About Toque Jondo

About Toque Jondo

Toque Jondo is the creation of Mojácar Flamenco's creative directors, choreographer Katerina Tomás and composer Stephen Dick. Toque Jondo draws on the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca and the  music  of Manuel De Falla to tell three powerful stories of love, loss and transcendence.

 

Toque Jondo premieres at the El Portal Theater, Los Angeles in September 4th and 5th, 2020.

For more information, call Mojacar Flamenco at (626) 403-7489,

or email info@mojacarflamenco.com.

 

Toque Jondo Videos

Excerpts from the dances featured in Toque Jondo.

The Dances

 

Cantan Los Fuegos

El Amor Brujo reimagined.

Romance Sonambulo

Flamenco and opera intertwine to tell the tragic story of ill-fated lovers.

Nana Del Caballo Grande

A young family struggles against the dark forces that surround them.

 

Soloists

Toque Jondo is an ensemble of twelve dancers and four musicians, including these featured soloists.

Albertossy Espinoza

Nana del Caballo Grande, Padre | Romance Sonambulo, Él | Cantan Los Fuegos, Carmelo

In demand as a choreographer, performer and teacher, Albertossy Espinoza frequently tours the U.S. and the world. A native of Ecuador and a member of SAG/AFTRA, Albertossy owns and operates the Fusion Performing Dance Academy, now celebrating its 10th year. Albertossy has performed with the Chicago Dance Theatre Company,  Jazz Antiqua and L.A. Opera. He has toured internationally with Soul y Duende Spanish American Dance Theater.

Masha Balovlenkov

Nana Del Caballo Grande, Noche |Cantan Los Fuegos, Lucía

Active as a dancer, musician and philanthropist, Masha Balovlenkov studied dance at Goucher College in Maryland, where she was a member of Dancers in Action. Masha has performed in a wide range of films, music videos and theater productions. She is also the co-founder and director of Stand Tall International, an NGO that arranges life-saving surgeries for children in East Africa.

Sonia Ochoa

Romance Sonambulo, Ella

Sonia Ochoa has performed as featured artist and guest choreographer with numerous companies working in a variety of genres, most notably with flamenco master Roberto Amaral and with the Belly Dance Superstars. She has studied and performed in India, Egypt and Spain and tours as a solo artist performing classical Indian dance as well as classical Egyptian dance and belly dance.

Laura Vila

Nana Del Caballo Grande, Madre

Born in Valencia, Spain, Laura Vila began her dance studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Danza in Valencia. Later, she joined the Maria Rosa dance company under the direction of José Antonio. Her theatrical debut was in Madrid in a performance of Federico Garcia Lorca's Bodas De Sangre. She was also a soloist in Nureyev Palomares under the direction of Juan Antonio De Los Reyes.

Beatriz Eugenia Vasquez

Cantan Los Fuegos, Candela

Dancer, choreographer and teacher Beatriz Vasquez was born in Bogotá, Columbia. She studied with the Joffrey Ballet in New York and has performed with the Green Stage Alliance, among numerous other companies. She has collaborated with visual artists and performed with tap dancer Chester White at the Ford Theater. She has also created choreography for the Bilingual Foundation. Her dance company, 3_19,  performs across Southern California.

Jekyns Pelaez

Cantan Los Fuegos, José

Dancer, actor, educator and filmmaker is the newest member of the Toque Jondo ensemble. Jekyns Peleaz studied at the Nicolas Ballet Belles Artes in Cali, Columbia. He is a principal dancer in both the San José Ballet and the San Francisco Opera.

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Jainil Mehta

Nana Del Caballo Grande, Shaman/Caballo

Jainil Mehta studied dance in his native Mumbai under the renowned choreographer Shiamak Davar. He moved to the U.S. to study dance at USC, where he has been a featured soloist and choreographer. Jainil returns each year to India to teach and perform and has studied Ballet, Contemporary, jazz, Hip Hop Modern and Indian Classical and Folk dance.

Nandani Sinha

Mezzo Soprano

 Nandani (Nana) Since is an internationally recognized recitialist with performances in England, France, Austria, Germany and South Africa. Locally, she has performed with Los Angeles Opera, Long Beach Opera, Santa Barbara Opera, California Philharmonic, and the Redlands Symphony, among many others.

Luvi Avendano

Baritone | Romance Sonambulo, Compadre

Luvi Avendano is an active singer, conductor, and educator in Southern California. Luvi has recently been engaged in mainstage roles with Opera Santa Barbara, National Opera Association, and the California Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall. 

Adam Goins

Baritone | Romance Sonambulo, Él

Adam is the fourth generation in a family of musicians. He graduated from Brown University's Computer Music program. A  sound engineer and post-production producer, Adam is Executive Producer of Huma-Huma Music & Sound.

 

Support

Toque Jondo has been funded, in part, through generous contributions from the following patrons of the arts:

Daniel Temianka

Edward Dick

Ken Meyers

Bonnie Lund

Danielle Banon

Nancy Ruyter

Cheryl Cromwell

Adrian Ponce

Dale Mueller

Mark Opshinsky

Scotty Devereaux

Karen Chang

Cathy Galuska-Seidel

Lynn Parkerson

Carmel Hupe

Dunia Handy Gill

Rita Hollingsworth

Joanne McClelland

Peter Krusic

Sherrie Simpson

Susan Swift-Carwin

Cindy Chang

Ana Pineros

We would also like to thank the following arts organizations for their material support:

ARC Pasadena

Center for Cultural Innovation

Fusion Performing Dance Academy

Pointe by Pointe Dance Studio