Carola Zertuche

(Torreon, Mexico)

2017–18 Season: Choreographer of La Traviata

Making her San Francisco Opera debut, Carola Zertuche currently serves as the artistic director of Theatre Flamenco, which celebrated its 50th year in 2016. During her tenure as artistic director of Theatre Flamenco, she has worked to forge artistic collaborations with international and local artists in productions that pay homage to traditional styles of flamenco while also embracing and showcasing new, modern, and even avant-garde approaches to the art form. She has toured throughout Mexico, the United States, and the Middle East with highly revered flamenco companies including Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco, and has danced in New York’s Joyce Theater, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in western Massachusetts, the Lensic in Santa Fe, the Tablao Flamenco in Albuquerque, and the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. She has collaborated on projects with La Tania as guest artist with the Domingo Ortega Flamenco Company in Los Angeles, with the Andrés Marín Company in the “First Flamenco Festival San Francisco,” and as a special guest artist with the Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe Theatre Company at the Royal Daphna Hall in Doha, Qatar. Zertuche's work was showcased in the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival from 2002 to 2009, the Santa Barbara Ethnic Dance Festival in 2001, and at the Flamenco Festivals in Monterrey, Mexico and Mexico City.