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COMPAÑIA FLAMENCA JOSÉ PORCEL BRINGS “GYPSY FIRE” TO CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND HYLTON CENTER

September 16, 2011
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COMPAÑIA FLAMENCA JOSÉ PORCEL

BRINGS “GYPSY FIRE”

 TO GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS IN FAIRFAX

Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 at 8 p.m.

AND THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER IN MANASSAS

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011 at 4 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va. and MANASSAS, Va., Sept. 16, 2011 – “Evocative and exciting, blending traditional flamenco with some decidedly more contemporary music, moves and looks,” said the Las Vegas Review-Journal about this incredible Madrid-based company led by Spain’s premier flamenco dancer and choreographer, José Porcel. Compañia Flamenca José Porcel makes two appearances in the greater Washington, D.C. area this fall, performing a new show called “Gypsy Fire,” featuring the purest, oldest and most fiery forms of flamenco from Andalusia.

On Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 at 8 p.m., Compañia Flamenca José Porcel appears at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax as part of its Great Performances at Mason series. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts. The performance is a part of the 2011-12 Global View series at the Center for the Arts, which is sponsored by HSBC Bank.

On Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011 at 4 p.m., Compañia Flamenca José Porcel comes to the Hylton Performing Arts Center’s Merchant Hall in Manassas as part of its Hylton Presents series. A pre-performance discussion will be held one hour prior to the performance in the Hylton’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Novant Health is the 2011-12 Season Sponsor of the Hylton Presents series at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

The origins of flamenco are still unclear, yet it is believed that flamenco singing and dancing originated in Andalusia in the 15th century when gypsies encountered the inhabitants of southern Spain. While it is difficult to trace the starting points of these nomadic populations, their culture reflects a mixture of Arabic-Egyptian, Jewish and Indian influences. Originally a rhythmic form of accentuation for singing, in the last century, flamenco dancing has evolved into the rich art form we recognize today.

“Gypsy Fire” showcases an explosion of sensual rhythms, powerful movement, vibrant colors and breathtaking choreography, and features a collection of flamenco dances that are at times solemn and sad, and at other times, festive and joyful, yet are always passionate and deeply emotional.

Born in Seville in Spain, José Porcel has danced Andalusian folkloric dances and flamenco since age 13 and began his professional dance studies at age 16. In 1989, Porcel made his professional dance debut with the Ballet de Valencia under the direction of Martín Vargas, the first master under which he studied; the following year he was promoted to soloist with the same company. During the next decade, Porcel performed with several dance companies on both international tours and at flamenco festivals. In 2000, he danced as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and he was contracted as the first dancer with the Compañía Española de Antonio Márquez. Throughout the years, Porcel has received considerable attention from audiences and critics alike for his stunning interpretation of flamenco and dazzling performances. The Washington Post says, “[Porcel’s] powerful footwork demands attention,” while the Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey) says, “It doesn’t take much for him to command a stage.”

 

HSBC Bank is the 2011-12 Global View Series Sponsor

 at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.

 

The Hylton Performing Arts Center is pleased to recognize

Novant Health as the Season Sponsor of the 2011-12 Hylton Presents season. 

 

PROGRAM

 

A note from José Porcel:

With this new production I would like to present to you the purest and the oldest part of flamenco from Andalusia, as we review the most famous styles of this cultural dance. Preserving the style and the forms of traditional flamenco, and the customs and experiences of the Andalusian people is my primary goal. Enjoy the guitar playing and the dancing – without any added effects, only the pace and the passion of the gypsy.

 

“Profound dance” (Bulería – Tangos)

A colorful and spectacular opening, in which the whole dance company takes part in order to start this joyful show.

 

“The Tribute” (Seguiriya)

Dressed with a short suit and an Andalusian hat, José Porcel shares his interpretation of flamenco in this strong, powerful dance. Expressing great emotion and a virile style, this piece will let the audience share an intimate connection with Porcel. 

 

“A Pinch” (Farruca)

The farruca is a spectacular dance or a guitar solo that originates from the folkloric influences brought by the people of Galicia and Asturias to Andalusia.

 

“Gypsy Music” (Rumba)

Beginning with a Flemish strong base, the musicians will blend in various other influential rhythms to infuse a theme, while allowing for room for improvisation. This piece will make you feel as though you are in the Sacromonte of Granada.

 

“The Beat of Cadiz” (Alegrías)

The origin of this dance is found in the jacks of Cadiz located in southern Spain. It is based upon the traditional folk music of Aragon, brought to the Andalusian region by soldiers during the War of Independence in the early 19th century. The spirit and vibrancy of flamenco is exhibited in this cheerful piece. The mood is festive, the coordination is clear and the skills are highly tuned in this dynamic celebration. 

 

Intermission

 

“Passion” (Tientos)

The tientos is a form of flamenco song with a basic style that is an evolution of the tango. The lyrics tend to be emotional and moving. In this highly dramatic piece, José Porcel and the bailaoras express their characters through movement. Entwining their feelings for one another, they generate moments of sensuality and passion onstage. 

 

“Improvisation” (Bulería)

Improvisation is one of the most important aspects of flamenco dance – the space given to each of the artists necessary to allow them to express themselves through movement and to show what each of them holds inside.

 

“Dress with a Train” (Rondeña)

A song and a dance form from the mountainous region of Malaga. The name may derive from “hang,” which means “to patrol” or “to prowl around.” The bailaoras, adorned in traditional dresses with long trains, exude grace, agility and elegance as they caress the stage with their light, rounded movements. Castanets are used as a rhythmic accompaniment, adding harmony to the piece. 

 

“Gypsy Fire” (Solea por bulerías)

Reaching out to the audience, José Porcel creates a connection that inspires in this largely improvised solo. He is moved by his characters and connects on a deep and personal level with the audience.

 

“The Flamenco Club” (Tangos)

With exuberance, festivity and brilliant colors, the company bids farewell to the audience with an enthusiastic finish. Sprinkled with improvisation, palms, jaleo, zapatear and unspoken communication between the dancers, musicians and the audience, this farewell celebration will leave the audience breathless.  

 

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS: 

Tickets for COMPAÑIA FLAMENCA JOSÉ PORCEL are $22, $36, $44. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. 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 cfa.gmu.edu.

 

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER:

Tickets for COMPAÑIA FLAMENCA JOSÉ PORCEL are $28, $36, $44. Visit the box office or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit hyltoncenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit hyltoncenter.org.

  

About Great Performances at Mason at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

 

About the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,140-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, is sure to quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of collaboration and commitment to the arts.

 

About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.