World class flamenco artist and Danville resident Maria Jose Rivas de Salazar is having a fundraising event at her home on April 29 to benefit the Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco.
The event is inspired by the Feria de Abril, a celebration that occurs in Spain the weeks following Easter. In an attempt to emulate the celebration, Rivas de Salazar will be turning her home into a traditional Feria de Abril fair ground. The celebration will include authentic Spanish paella and tapas from Tip Top Tapas, and special live flamenco performances by guest artists from Spain, dancers Jesús Carmona and Nino de los Reyes.
“I was born and raised in Madrid, and I am thrilled to host this very special event for the Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco which has been in existence for 52 years,” said Rivas de Salazar. “The Feria de Abril will give people a wonderful taste of southern Spain which was the birthplace of flamenco, and I can’t believe I have such world class flamenco artists coming to perform at my home.”
The fundraising event will take place April 29 in Danville at 7 Elizabeth Lane, from 1-5 p.m. Tickets cost $150 per person with proceeds going to the Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco.
The Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco is a nonprofit organization that receives funding from government grants, private foundation grants, individual donations and revenue from ticket sales. The Theatre Flamenco exists to promote the art of flamenco, as well as the rich mix of Spanish culture from Southern Spain, in the Bay Area,
Flamenco is a form of artistic expression which appears on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity. UNESCO describes flamenco as an artistic expression that fuses song, dance, and musicianship. Southern Spain is the heartland of flamenco, although it has its roots in regions throughout Spain.