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BALLET FLAMENCO, JOSE PORCEL - 19 NOVEMBER

October 28, 2005
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
BALLET FLAMENCO JOSE PORCEL
NOVEMBER 19-20


Fairfax, Virginia, October 20, 2005—While the origins of flamenco are still uncertain, it is probable that flamenco singing and dancing originated in Spain’s Andalucia region toward the fifteenth century, during the Gypsies' encounter with the inhabitants of southern Spain. José Porcel, born in Seville, began dancing these Andalucian folkloric dances and flamenco in cultural centers in Valencia at the age of thirteen. Now, this celebrated artist brings his company – Ballet Flamenco José Porcel – to George Mason’s Center for the Arts for two performances only – celebrating the cultural phenomenon that is flamenco, Saturday, November 19 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 20 at 2PM. Both performances are family friendly – children 12 and under are half price – and both feature artistic discussions beginning 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

This performance showcases a fascinating and continually evolving art form. Originally a rhythmic accentuation for singing, flamenco has been enriched over time by individual interpretations: the source of a vast repertoire of cuadros (portraits) illustrating the intense and passionate nature of the region. While it is extremely difficult to trace the origin of wandering populations who, when they arrived in the region of Andalucia, bore a cultural mix of Arabic-Egyptian, Jewish, and Indian (which is obvious, for example, in the gentle and voluptuous movements of the dancers' bodies and arms) influences. The nearly endless cultural permutations have blended to create the solemnity of soleares, the contagious festivity of sevillanas, and the traditional celebratory images portrayed in alegrías. Only in the past century has flamenco developed as a "theatrical performance," involving stylistic experimentation, refinement of expression, and technical codification indissolubly bound to the Gypsy spirit.

Program, November 19 & 20, 2005
BALLET FLAMENCO JOSÉ PORCEL
Flamenco Feeling
PART ONE:


BULERÍA (ENTIRE COMPANY)
The energy and rhythm of the bulería: a fast flamenco rhythm in 12 beats.

FARRUCA (JOSÉ PORCEL)
A traditional dance showcasing José Porcel, who displays the passion and technique of the flamenco dance form.

GUAJIRA (FEMALE DANCERS)
This work displays feminine beauty by highlighting the female dancers’ gracefulness in the classic flamenco tradition.

SOLEÁ (MALE DANCERS)
Explores the traditional male flamenco art form.

JALEOS (ENTIRE COMPANY)
Technically dazzling – all choreographic movements are synchronized throughout the entire company.

INTERMISSION

PART TWO:

TIENTO / TARANTO (JOSÉ PORCEL AND FEMALE DANCER)
Celebrating the romance and love between man and woman in classic flamenco style.

SEGUIRILLA (MALE DANCERS)
The male dancers demonstrate the flavor and passion of flamenco song.

ALEGRÍAS (FEMALE DANCERS)
A flowing, sensual dance.

SOLEA POR BULERÍAS (JOSÉ PORCEL)
In the classic flamenco tradition, José Porcel is featured in a vivid improvisation.

TANGOS (ENTIRE COMPANY)
The entire company performs this final work in the classic flamenco style.

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