an experimental flamenco dance performance about survivors’ strength and resilience

Sintonía, a new Oakland-based flamenco dance troupe founded in 2018 by Fanny Ara and Marina Elana, presents its first production,Tattooed, an experimental flamenco dance performance that gives voice to survivors marked by abuse. Consisting of a series of theatrical vignettes, this show illustrates stories that have scarred, yet shaped their lives. Ultimately, Tattooed is a proclamation of strength, resilience, and seeks to challenge people's perspectives on flamenco and survivors.

Internationally acclaimed flamenco artist José Maldonado joins Tattooed as stage director and collaborator. A rising star and innovator in flamenco’s theatrical scene, Maldonado has worked for the world’s leading flamenco artists and just won the “Artistic Revelation” award at the 2019 Festival de Jerez. Also part of the artistic team is Grammy nominated composer and multi-instrumentalist, Gonzalo Grau, who created original compositions for this production, and Emmy Award winning guest artist, Yaelisa. Tattooed also features some of Spain’s premiere flamenco artists, including percussionist, David Chupete, violinist, Ernesto Briceño and singer, Matías López “El Mati,” who is recent winner of one of Spain’s most prestigious flamenco awards, “La Lámpara Minera 2019.”

Tattooed premiered on October 4 & 5, 2019 at the historic and newly renovated Presidio Theatre in San Francisco, California.


“…one of the most amazing, moving and effective flamenco productions I have ever seen…The inaugural performance of Sintonía Dance was such I could have seen all three evenings and lobbied for more…To say the audience approved is absurd. The ovation was immediate, standing, vociferous, prolonged.” - Renee Renouf. Read entire review here.

“Dance company Sintonía leaves indelible first impression with Tattooed” - Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle. Read entire review here.


Read Sintonía’s interview on the blog, Diary of a Smart Chick, about Tattooed, here.

Cast & Credits

Ideation and Creative Conception: Fanny Ara and Marina Elana

Director of Operations/Development: Marina Elana

Artistic Direction: Fanny Ara

Stage Direction: José Maldonado

Musical Direction: Gonzalo Grau

Guest Artist: Yaelisa

Dancers: Fanny Ara, Marina Elana, Yaelisa

Piano & Keyboards: Gonzalo Grau

Singer: Matías López “El Mati”

Violin & Keyboards: Ernesto Briceño

Percussion: David Chupete

Tattooed was made possible by support from Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana

Sintonía is fiscally sponsored by SOMArts Cultural Center