Hailed by The New York Times as “a furnace of earthy sensuality,” Sonia Olla has toured as company member and soloist with flamenco greats such as Antonio Canales, Eva la Yerbabuena, Rafaela Carrasco, María Pagés, La Farruca, Alejandro Granados and the famed Nuevo Ballet Español. Olla has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker, as well as Spanish newspapers: ABC, El Pais, El Periódico de Aragón, El Diario, Qué and La Voz. Sonia has also made many television and radio appearances. Most recently, Sonia Olla worked as a choreographer for pop- icon Madonna for her 2015-2016 “Rebel Heart Tour.”
Born in Seville, Spain, of Gypsy descent, Ismael de la Rosa Fernández grew up performing in flamenco festivals throughout the world with his internationally renowned family, “La Familia Fernández.” His career began in Spain’s premier flamenco tablaos, and throughout his career, Ismael has worked with flamenco legends such as Antonio Canales, Marina Heredia and La Farruca, among others. Hailed by The Washington Post as the “most charismatic performer” and a “connection to the Gypsy source,” Ismael has made several radio and television appearances, been a featured company member of internationally acclaimed dancer Maria Pages, and co-produced and co-directed productions “Entretiempo” and “Tiempo al Aire” with dancer Sonia Olla. Most recently, Ismael worked with pop icon Madonna in preparation for her upcoming “Rebel Heart Tour” (2015-2016), and samples of Ismael’s voice are featured during “La Isla Bonita.”
Mónica Iglesias was born in Madrid, 1988. She studied in the Rollal Conservatory of Dance in Madrid. She has performed in the most prestigious companies such as Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia, Ballet Nacional de España and Antonio Gades where she danced as a soloist. She has participated alongside and collaborated with flamenco figures such as Antonio Canales, Joaquin Cortes, Rocio Molina, Carlos Saura, Ruben Olmo, Chano Dominguez and David Peña Dorantes. Mónica was awarded the Choreographic Contest of Flamenco form Madrid. Nowadays she performs at the most prestigious Flamenco Tablaos such Corral de La Moreria in Madrid, o Los Gallos and Casa del Flamenco in Sevilla. She appears as a guest artist in different projects and Flamenco Festivals.
Chano Domínguez is one of the most celebrated of jazz pianists and composers. His singular work is defined by his flamenco origins. In more than 40 years of his career, he has dazzled all kinds of audiences, including other musicians spanning both worlds of jazz and flamenco. His interpretive talents are highly sought after for his authentic integration of both jazz and flamenco traditions, working with an extensive range of colleagues such as Paco de Lucía, Enrique Morente, Jorge Pardo, Carles Benavent, Martirio, Wynton Marsalis, Paquito d’Rivera, Jack DeJohnette, Herbie Hancock, Jerry Gonzalez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Michel Camino, Chucho Valdés, Joe Lovano, and George Mraz, among others.
Our Gypsy Jazz production with Sonia Olla and Ismael Fernández.
Our dancer and winner of the 2018 female dancer of the Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas, Mónica Iglesias, shares her performance entitled “MARCHANDO.”
Our artist and accomplished Flamenco dancer, Sonia Olla, worked as a choreographer for pop-icon Madonna for her 2015-2016 “Rebel Heart Tour.”