Compania Flamenco Jose Porcel to Showcase Beauty of Spanish Dance

By David Wedekindt

Release Date: September 28, 2011

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo will present Compania Flamenco Jose Porcel on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre, Center for the Arts, North Campus. The performance is sponsored by M&T Bank.

Pre-performance flamenco demonstrations and lessons will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. in the atrium.

Porcel was born in Spain and developed a love for Andalusian dance at 13 years old. Now a master of dance, he founded his own company in Madrid to showcase the beauty of flamenco. Compania Flamenco Jose Porcel is a stunning representation of Porcel's mastery of dance, complete with dazzling movement, live music and expert flamenco dancers.

A longtime favorite of Center for the Arts audiences, the company returns with their thrilling new program "Gypsy Fire." Compania Flamenco Jose Porcel will highlight the purest and oldest parts of Andalusian dance by demonstrating the most famous styles of flamenco. The goal of "Gypsy Fire" is to preserve the customs and experiences of the Andalusian people while also keeping the style and form of traditional flamenco intact. The program is meant to emphasize the connection between the guitar playing and the dancing without any added effects, only the pace and the passion of "Gypsy Fire."

The Las Vegas Review-Journal has said, "Reasons for audience members to envy the dancers of Compania Flamenco Jose Porcel: The dances are evocative and exciting, blending traditional flamenco with some decidedly more contemporary music, moves and looks. The dancers are lithe and accomplished."

Tickets for Compania Flamenco Jose Porcel are $31.50 general admission and $11.50 for students (all schools). Tickets are available at the Center for the Arts Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and all Ticketmaster locations, including To charge tickets, call 1-800-745-3000; in Canada, call 416-870-8000. For group sales, call 716-645-6771. For more information, call 716-645-2787.