Center for the Arts Presents Ballet Flamenco José Porcel

Posted: November 4, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

While the origins of flamenco are still uncertain, it is probable that flamenco singing and dancing originated in Spain’s Andalucia region around the 15th century during the Gypsies’ encounter with the inhabitants of southern Spain. José Porcel, born in Seville, began dancing Andalucian folkloric dances and flamenco in cultural centers in Valencia at the age of 13.

Now, this celebrated artist brings his company – Ballet Flamenco José Porcel – to George Mason’s Center for the Arts for two performances, on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m.

Ballet Flamenco
Ballet Flamenco José Porcel

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. 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.

Both performances are family friendly – tickets for 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. Tickets are $42, $34 and $21. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com.

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