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Sept. 21, 2005

Ballet Flamenco Brings Spanish Passion To Hancher Oct. 6

The color, rhythm, sensuality and passion of Spain's most famous dance tradition will come to the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium when Ballet Flamenco Jose Porcel performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6.

A few seats remain for the pre-performance dinner, featuring Andalusian cuisine and tapas, at 6 p.m. in the Hancher Cafe. For the dinner, the doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are required.

Flamenco represents the unique multi-cultural history of the Iberian peninsula. The folk tradition originated in southern Spain in the 15th century as a synthesis of two diverse cultures -- the Gypsies, with their Arabic, Jewish and Indian roots, and the indigenous Andalusians.

Flamenco grew out of the Gypsy "cante jondo," an intimate and deep-felt song recounting the sorrows and hopes of the Gypsy people. The Andalusians added dance to accentuate the song's rhythms, and gradually the tradition was enriched with guitar accompaniment to became the exuberant music that is now instantly recognized the world over as flamenco.

Flamenco dancer Jose Porcel -- who has been described as "an artist from his feet to his head"-- began his career in Seville and has worked with all of the leading figures of Spanish dance.

El Pais National Newspaper in Spain commented, "Jose Porcel has a stamp that differentiates himself from the typical dancer, with his breadth and lean profile, his strong dramatic accent that helps him to command respect on the stage."

Porcel founded his own large flamenco company in 2001, engaging Spain's leading flamenco choreographers, and original music by prominent guitarist Paco Arriaga, who performs on stage with the dancer, singers and percussionists.

This event is supported by Jim and Maureen Mondanaro and Fresh Food Concepts through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets for the performance are $40/38/35; UI student $36/15; senior citizen $36/34.20/31.50; youth $28/26.60/24.50. Dinner tickets are  $26.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to 319-353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website: http://www.hancher.uiowa.edu

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail: hancher-box-office@uiowa.edu

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, ur-acr@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, winston-barclay@uiowa.edu

PHOTOS are available at http://www.hancher.uiowa.edu/media05.html.