An article in the SF Chronicle.
'Imagenes Flamencas' Yaelisa returns, but this year, she brings some close friends
Thursday, October 12, 2006
For the latest home season of Yaelisa and Caminos Flamencos this weekend, though, she's going to keep things a little on the lighter side. In "Imagenes Flamencas," she's tapped the visual talents of Bay Area singer Roberto Zamora, projecting his vivid, pastel-washed portraits of dancers across the Cowell Theater. "My productions tend to be dark and serious, and his work is bright and fantasy-like," she says.
The show should bring a welcome lushness for Yaelisa admirers after last year's pared-down production, in which she shared the stage with just one other dancer. This year, Yaelisa has recruited top protegee Melissa Cruz, a full-bodied Filipina who can funk with the best of them, along with Los Angeles' Briseyda Zarate. Nimble-fingered music director Jason "El Rubio" McGuire will return after a season's hiatus, and Spanish imports Felix de Lola and Manuel Malena will help out with the throaty cante, or song. "I love bringing my guest artists from Spain," she says. "They're family to me."