The world-renowned Spanish dance company Flamenco Vivo: Carlota Santana will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University. The company’s program, Poema de Andalucia, is the fifth performance in the 2015-16 Friends of Good Music concert season.
Poema de Andalucía is a journey through the alluring cultures and traditions of the Andalusian provinces that form the cradle of Flamenco. Despite their proximity, many stylistic differences exist between the regions, cities and neighborhoods of southern Spain. The varied traditions, festivals and rituals of daily life make the Andalusian region a wellspring of cultural heritage, supporting the development of this rich genre of music, song and dance. Through the language of Flamenco, this special “poem” pays tribute to the land and people of Andalusia.
“Unforgettably hot dancing burned this performance into memory,” raves The Washington Post about the Spanish dancers and musicians. Flamenco Vivo bridges cultures around the world to push the boundaries of traditional Flamenco, infusing it with fresh energy and excitement.
Artistic Director Carlota Santana conjures vibrant performances from an ever-expanding repertoire of new music, original dramatic works, and a bold mixture of dance vocabularies, including Hispanic-American influences. It’s no wonder Dance Magazine named Santana “The Keeper of Flamenco.”
True to its founding vision, the company commissions new works with original choreography and music and has premiered a series of dramatic, cutting-edge works. The live music in the St. Bonaventure performance will be provided by two vocalists and two guitarists.
The company tours extensively across the country (appearing at some 71 venues in 26 states over the past five seasons), and serves New York audiences with an annual home season supplemented by intensive arts education programs in a dozen or more public schools each year, and an annual “Flamenco in the Boros” tour, which brings free Flamenco performances to new audiences around the city. Flamenco Vivo also operates the Center for Flamenco Arts, one of only two New York City dance studios dedicated to the specific requirements of Flamenco, and produces the New York State Flamenco Certamen, a competition for pre-professional dance artists.
Single concert tickets are $18 per person (full price), $15 for senior citizens and St. Bonaventure employees, and $5 for students. For tickets and information, call The Quick Center at (716) 375-2494.
This performance is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Regrant program with support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council.
For this and all other performances, the museum galleries will open one hour before the start of each performance and remain open throughout the intermission. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Museum admission is free and open to the public, year round. Visit the Quick Arts Center at www.sbu.edu/QuickCenter.
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