Flamenco Vivo coming to Ellen Eccles Theatre

LOGAN, UT — The Cache Valley Center for the Arts presents the pride, passion, love, & sorrow of Spain with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. FLAMENCO VIVO, the premier Flamenco Company in the United States, will perform in the Ellen Eccles Theatre on Tuesday, February 21 & Wednesday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $19 to $29 and are available at the CVCA Ticket Office located at 43 South Main, online at www.EllenEcclesTheatre.org or by calling 435-752-0026. The performance is sponsored in part by Comcast Spotlight®; ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.; and the USU Charter Credit Union. In addition to the evening performances, CVCA will host a dance master class on Feb 21 at 1:30 pm on the Ellen Eccles Theatre stage. To register, visit www.CacheArts.org.”Flamenco Vivo provides a truly beautiful celebration of dance and music,” said Wally Bloss, executive director for the Cache Valley Center for the Arts. “Flamenco Vivo’s choreography is spellbinding, the heel-toe work dazzling. The art of flamenco will draw you into the culture, the community, and the spirit of movement.”Driven by the fiery cante jondo, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana provides passion and drama in their inspiring program La Pasión Flamenca. This fierce and eclectic evening of Spanish dance and music features lamenting solos, sizzling duets, and festive company dances. Whether these amazing artists are conveying love or sorrow, happiness or anger, the emotions will speak to everyone and transcend all cultural boundaries. Carlota Santana has been designated “The Keeper of Flamenco” by Dance Magazine in recognition of her commitment to creating new works and developing young artists and choreographers. She has dedicated her company to the mission of building bridges between cultures, using the universal spirit of Flamenco. The company was founded in 1983 by Carlota Santana and Roberto Lorca; it was their vision that new Spanish dance should not only find a permanent home in the U.S., but also an environment in which its creation and performance would thrive. Under Ms. Santana’s direction, the company has expanded its repertory by presenting new music, dramatic works, and a mixture of various dance vocabularies, as well as by integrating Hispanic-American influences. Recent creations include Bailes de Ida y Vuelta, flamenco’s journey through Latin America, Mano a Mano, a tribute to the bullfighter Manolete, and the contemporary flamenco story-ballet Federico, a celebration of the life of Federico García Lorca, all at The Joyce Theater where the company performs an annual season. La Pasión Flamenca is passion-in-motion, a journey back to the cultural crossroads of Andalusia, the southern region of Spain and the birthplace of flamenco. Vibrant influences from Africa, the Americas, and the Middle East can be seen and heard in one of the world’s most dynamic forms of expression. This program will present two sides of the flamenco art form, the traditional and a second side, La Pasión Latina showcasing Bailes de Ida y Vuelta which highlights the Latino influences on the flamenco art-form. La Pasión Flamenca and La Pasión Latina contrasts the influences of the Latin American and Spanish/multicultural influences on flamenco. “Bailes de Ida y Vuelta” explores the extraordinary journey of how the traditional Flamenco sounds and styles have been modified and inspired by the introduction of New World flair. Centuries of continuous travel and cultural exchange between Spain and Latin America, have brought changes to the rhythm, movement and music, of the traditional Spanish Flamenco. Since the early days of Spain’s outreach travelers, sailors, and artists have gone back and forth from Latina America to Spain each one bringing their ideas, their music, their songs and their dances developing the genre called Bailes de Ida y Vuelta. Most popular of these dances include the Guajiras, the Colombianas and the Milonga and the Vidalita. The Colombianas has become homage to the Colombian peoples, though why this particular form did get the name Colombianas is debatable. The song does have a refrain that says “Oye mi Voz Colombiana¨ and was first performed in the mid-1930’s by famed singer Pepe Marchena. For more information about the company, visit www.Flamenco-Vivo.org.Tickets for this performance are $19-$29, with a wide variety of discounts for families, USU Students & groups of 15+. Tickets can be purchased online at www.EllenEcclesTheatre.org. In addition to evening performances, CVCA’s arts education program will host a 75 minute dance master class with Flamenco Vivo on Tuesday, February 21 at 1:30 pm on the Ellen Eccles Theatre stage. Cost to attend this master class is $10 per person. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register online at www.cachearts.orgFor more information about these performances or the associated master class call (435) 752-0026 or visit the CVCA Ticket Office located at 43 South Main, in Downtown Logan, Utah during regular business hours M-F 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and one hour prior to all show times.This tour is made possible through the Performing Arts season at the Cache Valley Center for the Arts and the generous support from our season sponsors including: George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation; Marie Eccles Caine Foundation – Russell Family; Cache County Restaurant/RAPZ Tax Funds, Logan City Cultural Arts Grant; Utah Division of Arts & Museums & the National Endowment for the Arts; and Wasatch Logan Arts Foundation.

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