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BALLET FLAMENCO JOSÉ PORCEL RETURNS TO GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
BALLET FLAMENCO JOSÉ PORCEL
Friday, Oct. 31, 2008 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008 at 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 29, 2008—While the origins of flamenco are still uncertain, it is probable that this passionate and sensual dance originated in Spain’s Andalucia region in the 15th century, when Gypsies encountered the inhabitants of southern Spain. José Porcel, born in Seville, began dancing Andalucian folk dances and flamenco in cultural centers around Valencia at the age 13. Now this celebrated artist brings Spain’s preeminent company of dancers, musicians and singers to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Friday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. Ballet Flamenco José Porcel, which last appeared at the Center in 2005, delights audiences with its explosion of rhythms, colors and emotions that contains all the vitality and passion of the Spanish culture. “Evocative and exciting, blending traditional flamenco with some decidedly more contemporary music, moves and looks.” (Las Vegas Review-Journal) A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.
This performance showcases a captivating and constantly evolving art form. The oldest form of flamenco is cante jondo, an intimate and deep-felt song that recounts the sorrows and the hopes of the Gypsy people. Originally a rhythmic form of accentuation for singing, flamenco dancing was enriched over time by a variety of individual interpretations: the source of a vast repertoire of "cuadros," or portraits, illustrating the intense and passionate nature of the region. It is extremely difficult to trace the origin of these wandering populations who, when they arrived in Andalucia, brought with them a culture that was a mixture of Arabic-Egyptian, Jewish and Indian (which is obvious in the gentle and voluptuous movements of the dancers’ bodies and arms) influences. However, in the past century, flamenco has developed as a “theatrical performance,” due to stylistic experimentation, refinement of expression and technical codification. Over time, this form of dancing has found a true artistic identity and dignity of its own, yet is still bound to the Gypsy spirit.
BALLET FLAMENCO JOSÉ PORCEL
October 31 & November 1 at 8 p.m.
“AIRE FRESCO” (TANGILLO) (Entire Company)
A presentation of cheerful movements that require great coordination. A festive dance.
“SOLEDAD” (SEGUIRILLA) (José Porcel)
One of the strongest dances within the flamenco range, performed in a virile style, expressing great inner feeling.
“FUERZAS” (FARRUCA) (Male Dancers)
Three different personalities. Three different styles. Three different dancers with different energies to create a single line of expression.
“VIVENCIAS” (SOLEA) (Entire Company)
Coordination and the expression of unity in the expansion of one of the intermediate themes of flamenco. Complex choreographic movements.
“UNION” (TARANTO) (Lead Female Dancer and José Porcel)
The leading female dancer of the company and José Porcel express their emotions through movement and entwine their feelings generating moments of sensuality and passion onstage.
“MUJERES” (RONDENA) (Female Dancers)
A flamenco dance in which the female dancers perform light, rounded movements wherein the dresses with long trains are the protagonists. The castanets are used as a rhythmic accompaniment adding color and harmony to the piece.
“A MI MANERA” (ALEGRIAS) (José Porcel)
A solo in which José Porcel is moved by his state of spirit, improvising throughout a large section of the piece with the intention of reaching a disturbing connection with the public.
“FIESTA FLAMENCO” (Entire company)
The company bids farewell with an emotive finish. Color, joy and festivity aspire to transmit an enthralling finale to all the spectators.
Program subject to change
The Center for the Arts is pleased to recognize the generous support of PNC and the PNC Foundation as sponsor of the 2008-09 Great Performances at Mason Season.
Tickets for BALLET FLAMENCO JOSE PORCEL are $44, $36, $22. Family Friendly! Children 12 and under half price! Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa
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