Fiery Flamenco Dance Spectacular to Perform at Lyndon Institute Nov. 2
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.