Tablao Flamenco

Enjoy an intimate night of Tablao Flamenco! The core elements of a tablao are guitar, singing, palmas and dancing. The night is infused with a special intense energy characteristic of improvisation and communication between the cante (singing) toque (guitar) and baile (dancing). For this night at The Back Room, we have a special cast of seasoned flamenco artists.

Show starts at 8pm, doors at 7pm. Tickets are $20 in advance at the link below or at the door on the night of the show, and $15/student.

Estefanía Narváez was born in Boston, the daughter of Colombian and Puerto Rican immigrants. She began dancing flamenco at the age of 7 and quickly fell in love with its celebration of inner beauty and strength. As a child she performed with various local flamenco groups including a family-based troupe with her father on guitar. She lived in Madrid and Seville, Spain and studied with many masters including Farruquito, Manuela Rios, Juana Amaya and many others.

She toured the east coast with the Philadelphia-based troupe Pasión y Arte and with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana company based in New York City. In 2004 she moved to the Bay Area and began touring with Theatre Flamenco. She has since spent six summers in Santa Fe, New Mexico performing with Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe Company. She also performed in nationwide tours in 2012 and 2013, and with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in 2015 and 2016 at prestigious dance venues such as the Joyce Theatre in New York City and Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival. Between January 2013 and October 2016 Estefania lived in Seville Spain, training teaching and performing as a soloist 4-7 nights a week full time at Sala Sentir along side noted artists such as Manuela Rios and Luis de Utrera, Jose Mendez, Kisko de Alcala and Jose Antonio Acevedo and at el Auditorio Alvarez Quintero where she performed with artists such as Jose "el Oruco" and Jose "El Tremendito" and Pilar Carmona.  She frequently travels between the Bay Area, New York City and New England where you will find her giving workshops and dancing at various venues.

Carola Zertuche was born in Torreón, México. She began her dance career in Mexico City’s Tablao Mesón de Triana, where she shared the stage with renowned flamenco artists such as Domingo Ortega, Juan de Angélica, Antonio Rey, El Kiki, and Luisa de Cadiz and studied with Manolo Vargas and Pilar Rioja. After studying in Spain with renowned artists Ciro, Belén Maya, Andres Marín, Israel Galván, and jota master Pedro Azorín, she moved to the Bay Area to continue her career as a performer, choreographer, and teacher at Theatre Flamenco. 

Carola has toured throughout Mexico, the United States, Centro America and the Middle East with highly revered flamenco companies, including Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco. She has danced in important American venues such as the Joyce Theatre in New York, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Western Massachusetts, the Lensic in Santa Fe, the Tablao Flamenco in Albuquerque, the Fox Theatre in Atlanta and in Mexico, Monterrey and the Mazatlan Flamenco Festival. She has received numerous nominations and awards for her talents and contributions to flamenco in the Bay Area, including two nomination for the Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance both as a Soloist and ensemble. Along with her role as Artistic Director for Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco, Carola continues teaching flamenco dance classes for all levels in her Dance Studio Carola Zertuche Centro de Arte Flamenco in San Francisco. 

Clara Rodriguez has been training and working professionally in the flamenco world for 25 years, and has since been a featured soloist in productions throughout the United States, Spain, Portugal and India.

Clara was drawn to flamenco at an early age in her native Santa Barbara, California.  Having moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA, Clara began working in the local tablaos or flamenco dance venues and theaters. Clara moved to the Andalucia region of Spain in 2008 after several extended stays in 2003 and 2006. While living in Granada she performed regularly at such venues as  Tablao Albayzin, Venta el Gallo, Eshavira , and Zoraya de los Jardines alongside such noted artists as Rafalín Habichuela, Emilio Maya, Ana Calí and Juan Angel Tirado amongst others. She studied extensively in Sevilla, Granada and Madrid with master teachers Juana Amaya, Concha Vargas, Andrés Marín, Isabel Bayón, Andres Peña, Úrsula Lopez, Ana Calí, Patricia Guerrero and a host of others. During this time she also studied flamenco singing with the legendary Inés Bacán of Lebrija.

In 2010 she relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area and established her company, AguaClara Flamenco, in 2011. Clara performs regularly on the local flamenco circuit and is a lifelong musician in addition to her dance career. She is a classically trained pianist and holds a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA in Ethnomusicology.

Gopal Slavonic trained at the prestigious 'Fundacion de Arte Flamenco Cristina Heeren' in Sevilla, Spain where he studied intensively with leading flamenco guitarists Miguel Angel Cortez, Jose Postigo, Antonio Carmona, Eduardo Rollabar, and Tino Van Der Sman. In his 21 years of dedication to flamenco guitar, Gopal Slavonic has returned to Spain to further his studies several times, most frequently to Jerez de la Frontera where he studied with Jose Galvez and Luis Balao. Gopal has performed with flamenco artists including Kina Mendez, Cerro Negro, La Fibi, Mark Taylor, Melissa Cruz, Carola Zertuche, Roberto Zamora, Pilar Moreno, Zahara, and Jose Galvez.

In 2008, Gopal released his second CD Dos Orillas and is the featured guitarist for Northern California's Flamenco del Oro. Gopal was the featured guitarist in 'Zahara Flamenco Al Andaluz' at The Cowell Theater in San Francisco in 2010. He currently lives in Oakland, California, regularly performing, learning, and teaching flamenco guitar.

Tickets are $20 in advance or at the door the night of the show, and $15 for students. Doors open one hour before show time. The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. If you have any questions, or need more information, please call us at #510-654-3808.