Kumpania: A Film about Flamenco in LA at Dances With Films Festival Fri May 31


If you’ve been to Subsuelo, voted as one of Los Angeles’ best underground parties, you’ve seen La Tigresa and other flamenco dancers and their guitarist partners putting on passionate performances. The dance’s quick, expressive movements with their arms and hand claps, arching, flaring bodies and loud staccato footwork on wooden floors are immediately mesmerizing to watch. For me, watching flamenco is like watching dancers who are consumed and possessed and I am entranced just watching them. Director Katina Dunn has made a documentary film exploring this very facet of the passionately authentic dance from the Romani (gypsy) people of Spain that has taken hold here in Los Angeles. The film Kumpania: Flamenco Los Angeles has its LA premiere at the 16th Annual Dances with Films Festival on Friday, May 31 at 2:45pm on the big screen of the historic Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Many of the flamenco dancers and musicians who’ve performed on Subsuelo stages, like Gabriel Osuna and Gerardo Morales, are featured in the film and 2 of Subsuelo’s creators, Canyon Cody and Sean “Gnotes” Dwyer, created the score. As Katina Dunn explained me, “These are the most amazing artists – every one of them – and are hidden treasures of L.A. They are known in the tight flamenco community – but not outside. It is my hope they will be recognized in Los Angeles and be able to perform more. It is all they live for, to “live flamenco”, so don’t miss this film!

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