Compania Flamenca Jose Porcel on Oct. 8th

Compañia Flamenca José Porcel

Returns to Houston with Gypsy Fire Program

Presented by Society for the Performing Arts

HOUSTON (Sept. 8, 2011) – Direct from Madrid, Spain, Compañia Flamenca José Porcel returns to Houston performing the purest and oldest form of flamenco in the full-length program titled Gypsy Fire on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. in Jones Hall, presented by Society for the Performing Arts.

 

A former star dancer with the National Ballet of Spain, José Porcel has assembled a troupe of his country’s most acclaimed flamenco dancers and musicians, renowned for performances that radiate emotion, vitality and intensity. Compañia Flamenca José Porcel is among the premier dance troupes that exhibit the exciting art form.

 

It is believed that flamenco singing and dancing originated in Andalusia around the 15th century, during the Gypsies’ encounter with the people of southern Spain. Porcel and his company will take audience members on a journey through old Spain with pieces titled “The Tribute” and “Gypsy Fire,” two solos featuring Porcel; “The Beat of Cádiz,” a vibrant work performed by the entire company; “Passion,” a sensual piece similar to the tango; and more. Throughout the performance, Compañia Flamenca José Porcel combines song, dance and guitar throughout with passionate Spanish rhythms, preserving the style, customs and experiences of that region.

 

Company Founder and Artistic Director José Porcel began performing Andalusian folkloric dances and flamenco in cultural centers in Valencia at the age of 13. He began dance studies at age 16 with the master Martín Vargas, and later moved to Madrid and continued his studies with Paco Romero, Isabel Quintero, Cristóbal Reyes, Pedro Azorín and José Granero. In 1989 he made his professional debut with the Ballet de Valencia, directed by Martín Vargas. Just a few years later he joined the National Ballet of Spain. Porcel’s career has spanned more than two decades and collaborations with some of the best ballet masters in Spain. In the United States, he performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl before starting his own company.

 

Ticket prices range from $30-$65 and can be purchased online at www.spahouston.org, by phone at 713-227-4772, or at the courtyard level ticket office at Jones Hall located at 615

 

 

Louisiana St. Hours of operation: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday. For groups of 15 or more, call 713-632-8113.

 

Beyond the Stage

 

Flamenco Dance Master Class

1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1

Jones Hall Rehearsal Room

615 Louisiana St.

FREE and open to the public.

Reservations required. For more information or to make reservations, e-mail nichole@spahouston.org or call 713-632-8102.

 

About Society for the Performing Arts

Founded in 1966, Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) is the largest independent non-profit presenting organization in the Southwest. Since its inception, SPA has sponsored more than 850 performances of the world’s finest music, dance and theater events, in adherence to the belief that the arts are fundamental to the overall enrichment and quality of life within the community. In addition to presenting artists, SPA seeks to provide a variety of learning experiences for adults and children through master classes, lectures and special student performances, as well as build relationships between the performing arts and other interests within the greater Houston area and throughout the state of Texas.

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