Flamenco Arts Festival presents


Friday, August 2, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Lobero Theatre

About the Event

The Flamenco Arts Festival wishes to thank the Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts, Chumash Foundation, and the Lobero Theatre for their support of FAF 2024, the 25th anniversary GALA celebration!

The evening kicks off with a Pre-Concert Reception on the Lobero Esplanade free and open to all GALA ticket holders, followed by the featured GALA performance, and ends with the GALA VIP After Party. The VIP ticket ($151 per person) includes premier seating and the Gala VIP After Party with delectable Spanish cuisine and no-host bar.  The celebration starts immediately after the performance in the Lobero Courtyard.  View other ticket options below.

(Being…neither with me nor without me)

On Stage
Mercedes de Córdoba – bailaora/dancer
Juan Campallo – guitarrista/guitarist
Jesus Corbacho – cantaor/singer
Pepe de Pura – cantaor/singer
Paco Vega – percusionista/percussionist

Artistic Direction, Concept and Choreography – Mercedes de Córdoba
Artistic Direction – Ángel Rojas
Musical Direction – Juan Campallo

The show consists of five scenes, depicting the various stages through which the main character travels via her memories, conflicts, fears, and hopes.  The journey is guided and provoked throughout by singing, guitar-playing, and costumes that come to life and then are lost, mirroring the inner world of the artist as she grapples with what is, was, will be, could be, or should be.


Mercedes (Córdoba, Spain) is one of the most powerful and authentic dancers of our time. With a career spanning many years, Mercedes has consistently wowed audiences with her versatility, emotional depth, and unparalleled ability to bring audiences to their feet.

As a young artist, Mercedes showed great promise, and she has since gone on to become an important name in the world of flamenco and has performed alongside the leading figures of the genre, touring the world as an outstanding soloist. In 2013, she was awarded the National Flamenco Award, which marked the beginning of a new chapter in her career – she founded her own company and has since performed at some of the most prestigious theatres in Europe.

Mercedes is not only a brilliant performer, but she is also an accomplished choreographer and artistic director.  She has won several awards and SER, ni conmigo ni sin mí, received critical acclaim at events such as the 25th Festival de Jerez, the 21st Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla, and the 6th Festival Flamenco Madrid.  She has also contributed to the work of some of the biggest names in flamenco, such as Paula Comitre, Eva Yerbabuena, Fernando Jiménez, Adela Campallo, and Gema Moneo. Her contributions to the world of dance are truly remarkable.

Join us in celebrating this legendary artist and her remarkable contributions to flamenco. We are honored to have the opportunity to pay tribute to Mercedes de Córdoba and her incredible career. Don’t miss the chance to witness the magic of flamenco as we honor this incredible artist.

Joining Mercedes are four exceptional musicians who are respected figures in their own right.


The FAF is a 501 (c)3 arts and education non-profit organization based in Santa Barbara, CA. When you purchase tickets to FAF events, it does more than guarantee an amazing arts experience. It also supports the FAF Access to the Arts Initiative (ATTA), which aims to provide free community access tickets, arts scholarships, youth programs, and invaluable dance and music education.  Through ATTA, your purchase goes beyond the event itself and helps make the arts accessible to all.  Join us today in making a difference through the transformative power of the arts.

For more info on our ATTA Initiative, go to flamencoarts.org.

Ticket Information

$151 - VIP includes premier seating and the Gala VIP After Party.
$111 - Section A
$91 - Section B
$71 - Section C
$51 - Section D

(Ticket prices include a per ticket Lobero Facility Fee)

Tickets purchased online or by phone are subject to a web/phone order fee of $3.00 per ticket. To avoid this fee, tickets can be purchased in person at the box office. 

Ticket prices will be $10 more on the day of the show.

Program, artists, dates, and times subject to change.


Reserved Seating
Seating Chart

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Presented By

This event is presented by Flamenco Arts Festival