SONIA & ISMAEL
Hailed by The New York Times as “a furnace of earthy sensuality”, Sonia Olla was born and raised in
Barcelona when she earned a degree in Spanish Dance and Flamenco at the esteemed “Instituto de
Teatro y Danza” in Barcelona.
She has toured as company member and soloist with flamenco greats such as Antonio Canales, Eva la
Yerbabuena, Rafaela Carrasco, Merche Esmeralda, María Pagés, La Farruca, among others.
Bailaora of international prestige, director and choreographer of her own shows, Sonia currently resides
in New York, where she combines the dance classes with performance in venues including The John F.
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge, the Rose
Nagelburg Theatre, Baruch Performing Arts Center (NY) and Instituto Cervantes (Chicago), and various
Together with the Flamenco singer Ismael Fernández, her partner on and off the stage, Sonia has
created a wide range of shows such as Tablao Sevilla, Entretiempo, Por Los Caminos and Tiempo al Aire.
She has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The New Yorker, as well as
Spanish newspapers such as ABC, El País, La Vanguardia.
Sonia has also made television and radio appearances on Tele 5, Cadena Cope, Radio Nacional de
España, Punto Radio, Onda Cero, Cadena Ser, as well as the renowned Internet show “Flamenco TV.”
Sonia collaborated with the pop-icon Madonna to choreograph the worldwide “Rebel Heart Tour” 2015-
2016, and 2017 worked with Ricky Martin providing Flamenco choreography for Lola Lola in his show
“All In!” Sonia and Ismael are recipients of the CUNY CDI Residency, and have performed their own
shows on tour in Asia along with New York Clubs including The Triad Theater and Joe’s Pub. Recently
Sonia and Ismael’s company performed as part of Mark Morris’ Shared Space, CDI’s 5 th Anniversary Fest
and in the International Dance Festival in Havana, Cuba. Sonia danced as part of Ismael’s album debut
“Trato” in the 2019 New York Flamenco Festival and the pair headlined the 2019 Edmonton Flamenco
Described by The Washington Post as the “most charismatic performer” and a “connection to the
Gypsy source”, Ismael Fernández was born in Seville, of Gypsy descent, grew up performing in
flamenco festivals throughout the world with his internationally renowned family, “La Familia
Fernández”. His career began in Spain’s premier flamenco tablaos such as El Cordobes in Barcelona, La
Carboneria in Seville and other famous flamenco cuevas of Granada.
In 2004, Ismael won the National Contest of Cordoba, singing for the famed dancer Soraya Clavijo and
was a finalist in the Festival De Cante De La Union. He joins his family regularly to perform in the
celebrated Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla. Throughout his career, Ismael has worked with flamenco
legends such as Antonio Canales, Farruquito, Marina Heredia, El Torombo, the prestigious Orchestra
director Gustavo Dudamel and Rafaela Carrasco to name a few.
For several years, Ismael has been a featured company member of internationally acclaimed dancer Maria
Pages, performing at The Joyce Theater (New York), Sadler Wells Theatre (London), Esplanade Theatre
(Singapore), Orchard Hall and Bunka Mura (Japan), Teatro La Zarzuela (Madrid), Teatro Real (Madrid),
and the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona).
He currently resides in New York, where he moved in 2014 together with the flamenco dancer Sonia
Olla, his partner on and off the stage. Since then, he combines the Cante classes with performance at
internationally acclaimed venues such as The New York City Center, The John F. Kennedy Center for the
Performing Arts (Washington DC), Carnegie Hall (NY), Walt Disney Concert Hall (LA). He created a
large number of shows together with Sonia, such as Tablao Sevilla, Entretiempo, Tiempo Al Aire and Por
Ismael has made several radio and television appearances, most notably “NYC Arts” (PBS), Tele5, Radio
Nacional de España, Cadena Ser, Punto Radio, and Onda Cero.
Ismael and Sonia both collaborated with pop-icon Madonna for her “Rebel Heart Tour” – 2015-2016 and
samples of Ismael’s voice are featured during “La Isla Bonita.” He performed as a tribute to Alejandro
Sanz at the Latin Grammy’s in 2017 and lent vocals to Ricky Martin’s show “All In!” for the number
Most recently, Sonia and Ismael finished touring in Asia, and have performed in clubs in New York City,
Flamenco Festivals across North America including Sante Fe and Edmonton, and the company performed
in Cuba’s International Festival of Dance. Ismael recently performed his upcoming album “Trato” at
Joe’s Pub as part of the Flamenco Festival New York 2019.