Fiery Fla­menco Dance Spec­tac­u­lar to Per­form at Lyn­don In­sti­tute Nov. 2

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King­dom County Pro­duc­tions will present the Bal­let Fla­menco Jose Por­cel per­form­ing its new show, Gypsy Fire, live on stage, 7pm, Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 2nd at Lyn­don In­sti­tute Au­di­to­rium. Di­rect from Spain for this, only their sec­ond coast-to-coast United States tour, Jose Por­cel’s 8 dancers and 6 mu­si­cians will per­form ten dances that pro­vide pas­sion­ate tes­ti­mony to the es­sen­tial qual­i­ties of fla­menco—as spon­ta­neous, fes­tive, and dra­matic—and full of grace, sen­su­al­ity, agility, and fury.

Fla­menco is a fiery and spec­tac­u­lar genre of mu­sic and dance which ex­presses great emo­tion and has its foun­da­tion in An­dalu­sian folk­loric cul­ture. Fre­quently im­pro­vised, An­dalu­sian Gyp­sies played an im­por­tant part in its early evo­lu­tion. The cante (singing), toque (gui­tar play­ing), pal­mas (hand claps) and hot-blooded dance and are the prin­ci­pal facets of fla­menco. In re­cent years fla­menco has be­come pop­u­lar all over the world and is now taught in many coun­tries - in Ja­pan fla­menco is so pop­u­lar there are more acad­e­mies there than in Spain. On Novem­ber 16, 2010, UNESCO de­clared fla­menco one of the “Mas­ter­pieces of the Oral and In­tan­gi­ble Her­itage of Hu­man­ity.”

Jose Por­cel ranks in the very first tier of Span­ish fla­menco dancers and chore­og­ra­phers. He was born in Sevilla, Spain and at the age of thir­teen be­gan danc­ing An­dalu­sian folk­loric dances and fla­menco in cul­tural cen­ters in Va­len­cia. He be­gan his dance stud­ies at 16 with the mas­ter Martín Var­gas. In 1989 he made his pro­fes­sional de­but with the Bal­let de Va­len­cia, di­rected by Martín Var­gas, and was pro­moted to soloist in the com­pany the fol­low­ing year. In 1991 Mr. Por­cel chore­ographed his first fla­menco work, Te traigo al sur, Miguel, un­der the di­rec­tion of the fla­men­col­o­gist Fed­erico Tor­res, in the Teatro Prin­ci­pal in Ali­cante.

In De­cem­ber 1999, Mr. Por­cel danced as soloist in the com­pany of Rafael Aguilar, in­ter­pret­ing the Torero in Car­men dur­ing a ma­jor tour of Ger­many and Switzer­land. In 2000, he danced as soloist with the Los An­ge­les Phil­har­monic at the Hol­ly­wood Bowl, un­der the di­rec­tion of mae­stro Héc­tor Zaraspe. In this same year he was con­tracted as the first dancer in the Com­pañía Es­pañola de An­to­nio Márquez, per­form­ing on tour around the world and at the Ópera de París for more than 20 sold-out per­for­mances, fol­lowed by a crit­i­cally ac­claimed tour of the United States dur­ing the 2001-2002 sea­son. The Com­pany scored a sen­sa­tional suc­cess with its first coast-to-coast tour of North Amer­ica in the 2008-2009 sea­son and now re­turns to the United States and Canada in the 2011-2012 sea­son in their thrilling new pro­gram Gypsy Fire.

Bal­let Fla­menco Jose Por­cel is be­ing pro­duced by King­dom County Pro­duc­tions, work­ing in as­so­ci­a­tion with Cata­mount Arts. Tick­ets are now avail­able at the Cata­mount Arts re­gional box of­fice, St. Johns­bury or by call­ing 802-748-2600. 24-hour online sales are avail­able at www.cata­moun­tarts.org For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact pro­ducer Jay Craven at jcraven@marl­boro.edu.

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