About Travesia Tickets

Ballet Flamenco La Rosa (BFLR), Miami’s premier flamenco company for the last 37 years, announces the premiere of cutting-edge new work at the Koubek Center on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 8 PM And Sunday, March 5 at 3 PM

Called “one of our cultural treasures” by the Miami Herald, this home-grown and world class company offers the very best flamenco music and dance to our community and beyond. With its breathtaking footwork, magnificent music, and powerful spirit, Flamenco is a perfect language to tell this iconic story. With its wide range of rhythms, styles and emotions, Flamenco provides a magnificent exploration of this intense and powerful work.

 This cutting edge production will incorporate live music, created and performed by the singer and guitarist in  collaboration with Artistic Director Ilisa Rosal, to create the original music and lyrics for the work.

 The story is set in the Summer of 1912 and follows a family through one day in a complex web of illness, addiction and dysfunction that is as relevant today as when it was written in 1956. The family constantly revisits old wounds that they are unable to forget. The story unfolds as each character is explored, and then each character’s relationship with each of the other family members. Examining the emotional and psychological human experience throughthese characters, brings a wealth of opportunity for creative development in the music and dance.

The tale of loss, bitterness, disappointment, dreams, denial, and underlying love is poignant 

and passionate journey for the audience and artists alike.

Eugene O’Neil, considered to be America’s principal dramatists, is said to owe his artistic style to the 19th Century playwrights Strindberg (Sweden) and Ibsen (Norway), whose works, The Father and Miss Julie (Strindberg), and Hedda Gabler and A Doll’s House (Ibsen) have also been interpreted by Ilisa Rosal and Ballet Flamenco La Rosa in their works El Padre, Senorita Julia, Directo al Corazon and La Casa de la Muneca.

This groundbreaking new work takes Ms. Rosal’s artistic journey to new heights, challenging the scope of Flamenco as an art form and exploring the challenging emotional and psychological 

drama of O’Neil’s mesmerizing work.

For more information about Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, visit www.balletflamencolarosa.com

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The Ballet Flamenco La Rosa Performing Arts School, in collaboration with PAN, Performing Arts Network offers the community diverse artistic experiences under one roof, featuring dance, music and theater classes in a nurturing environment for students of all ages and levels. The school offers high quality training with small class sizes that allow students to have individual attention from professional artists that are among the best in their fields. It creates a fertile environment for future artists and audiences to grow. Classes are offered both live and via Zoom.

In addition to classes in Flamenco dance, singing and guitar, offerings include Ballet,    Modern/Contemporary Dance, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Haitian Dance, Belly Dance, 

Ballroom Dance, Yoga, Acting, Piano, Guitar and Vocals (Rock, Folk, Pop, Soul, Classical, Jazz, Latin, Folk and Country), Music Writing and Creative Writing.

Ballet Flamenco La Rosa

About Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, authentic Flamenco in Miami

Ballet Flamenco La Rosa is an international company dedicated to Flamenco as an art form in constant evolution. Based in Miami and made up of dancers and musicians from Spain, Latin America, and the U.S., the company presents flamenco dance at its best, beyond traditional boundaries, surprising and enlightening students and the public with the beauty and magic of this theatrical dance form.


With cross-cultural collaborations, international guest artists, and an extensive repertoire, Ballet Flamenco La Rosa is one of the few U.S. flamenco companies dedicated to the development and presentation of the art of flamenco with a sophisticated combination of theater, traditional flamenco and original choreography that makes a consummate theatrical experience. The cutting-edge approach in the company’s cross-cultural fusion works develops the connection between flamenco and other dance styles, and explores the commonalities to create new forms of dance. These have included Tap, Jazz, and Blues, Middle Eastern, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Haitian, African, Irish, Sephardic and Indian music and dance. In addition, the company has created numerous dramatic Flamenco Ballets, including Herodias, Las Mujeres de Troya, Cleopatra y Cesar, Rey Lear, La Dama Macbeth, Directo al Corazón, Señorita Julia, El Padre, La Gaviota, La Casa de la Muñeca, Verano y Humo and El Conde Drácula.

To address the special circumstances of the COVID 19 Pandemic, the 2020-2021 season included streaming works from past seasons online, and several new works, specifically designed to be presented online, including "Flamenco on My Own", "Me Duele el Aire" and "Flamenco Granaino", as well as a live performance of "Alma Flamenca" at the Miami Beach Bandshell.

The current season includes “Camino Flamenco”, presented at The Koubek Center, “En el Abismo”, an original Flamenco Ballet inspired by Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, premiering at the Koubek Center, “Cielo y Arena” at The Miami Beach Bandshell and a special Pure Flamenco performance for The Miami Beach Boat Show. “Travesia”, an original Flamenco Ballet inspired by Eugene O’Neil’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, and Deseo, inspired by Tennessee Williams’ Streetcar Named Desire are planned for next season at Miami Dade County Auditorium.

About Ilisa Rosal - Dancer, Instructor, Choreographer, Founder and Artistic Director of Ballet Flamenco La Rosa and PAN, Performing Arts Network

Ilisa Rosal is an innovator in this art form, having created more than one hundred pieces in the pure Flamenco style, along with cross-cultural collaborations and dramatic Flamenco Ballets. She has trained many of the Flamenco dancers in Miami, who have gone on to form their own companies. Under her leadership, Ballet Flamenco La Rosa has become respected as one of the best companies in the US, consistently performing to full houses with standing ovations and rave reviews.


Ilisa Rosal's training includes extensive study in Spain with Ciro, El Guito, La Tati, Azorin, Manolete, Paco Fernandez, Mercedes and Albano, Jose Granero and Paco Romero. In 1981, Rosal studied in New York with Jose Molina (Flamenco and Classical Spanish dance), Mariano Parra (Escuela Bolera), Jeanne Brescianni (Isadora Duncan Technique), Rajika Puri ( Bharata Natyam ) and Charles Moore ( African dance ). From 1975-1980, she studied Spanish Dance with Luisita Sevilla and Jose Molina. She trained intensively in classical ballet with Susan Stadler, David Howard and Nanette Charisse and Modern Jazz (Luigi technique) with Beatrice LaVerne. She studied drama at the University of Miami and performed in community theatre throughout South Florida, then toured New York, Spain, and France with many Spanish Ballets.


In 1985 Ilisa Rosal founded and became the artistic director of Ballet Flamenco La Rosa. This flamenco company has been invited to perform at major local events such as Ocean Dance, Pow Wow, Arts a la carte, Coconut Grove Orchid Festival, Miami Beach Arts Festival, Miami Dance Festival and the Florida Dance Festival, as well as national appearances in such prestigious events as the Vail International Dance Festival. She lectured and performed at the National Dance Guild Conference and has received five Dance Miami Choreographer's Fellowships and three Individual Artist's Fellowships for choreography from The State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.


Ms. Rosal's most recent works include "Señorita Julia" (Miss Julie) and "El Padre" (The Father) inspired by Strindberg's Miss Julie and The Father, which premiered in 2013 and 2015 at the Koubek Center and at the Miami Dade County Auditorium, “La Gaviota” (The Seagull) inspired by Chekov’s The Seagull and “La Casa de la Muñeca” (The Dolls House) inspired by Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, which premiered in 2017. In 2018, the company presented “Verano y Humo” (Summer and Smoke), inspired by Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke, which premiered at The Colony Theatre. In November of 2018, Ballet Flamenco La Rosa presented “El Conde Drácula” (Count Dracula), inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula at The Colony Theatre, Miami Beach, and the most recent works, En el Abismo, inspired by Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights in 2022, and Travesía, inspired by Eugene O’Neil’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, and Deseo, inspired by Tennessee Williams’ Streetcar Named Desire planned for 2023.

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