7:30pm - 9:00pm
2007 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97202, USA
About the event
Join us for an exhilarating evening of live flamenco music and dance at Tablao Flamenco la Alcachofa! Each month brings a unique lineup of musicians and dancers to the stage at Cafe Artichoke. September's performance features special guest dancers Sophia Solano and Kelli Brown (Flamenco Idaho), with Nela McGuire (dance), Yeshe Wingerd (vocals), Brenna McDonald (guitar), and Nick Hutcheson (percussion).
Tablao Flamenco La Alcachofa
Saturday September 30th
Sophia Solano is a second-generation flamenco artist, daughter of guitarrista José Solano. Her earliest dance teacher was Rafaela de Cádiz, and at 18 Sophia moved to Spain for a semester to immerse in Spanish culture and study flamenco more seriously at the Universidad de Sevilla and Estudio Juan Polvillo. A few years later, she returned to Granada to study at the internationally-renowned school Carmen de las Cuevas where she took private and group classes in technique and choreography, learning primarily from bailaora María la Manzanilla. During this time she also studied with Maricarmen Guerrero, Cristina Aguilera, Javier Martos, and Pilar Fajardos. While living in Oregon she has enjoyed studying with touring artists as they travel through Portland, including workshops with Mercedes Ruiz, Emilio Ochando, and Mara Rey. Over the past several years, Sophia has also taught beginning and intermediate flamenco dance in Newport and Eugene.
Kelli Brown is the founder of Off Center Dance and Artistic Director for Flamenco Idaho. While with OCD, Ms. Brown choreographed over 30 modern dance works and 5 short dance videos. Her flamenco journey has taken her to Spain eight times including multiple grants to study in Granada. She is an adjunct professor at Boise State University and a dance educator at Idaho Arts Charter School. Ms. Brown has performed with groups including, Certamen (Carlota Santana Flamenco Vivo of NY, in the Kennedy Center), Flamenco Idaho, Off Center Dance, MahaVia, Flux, Boise Dance Co-op, Drop Dance Collective, and Idaho Dance Theatre.
In addition to her performance work, she has choreographed for Alexa Rose Gallery, Drop, College of Southern Idaho and University of Texas, PanAmerica. Brown has taught flamenco workshops for the College of Southern Idaho, Idaho State University and set work on Idaho Dance Theater. She obtained her Master of Arts in Dance from California State University, Long Beach and her MFA in dance performance and choreography from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She is currently a third year member of the Artist Development Series with Carlota Santana Flamenco Vivo of NY (2020-23).