Spain's Ballet Flamenco José Porcel will perform a sensual combination of traditional flamenco and modern works Thursday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. at the historic State Theatre, 107 W. State St., Ithaca, as part of the Cornell Concert Series.
Born in the Andalucia region of southern Spain, flamenco is a dance of expression and tradition, combining Arabic, Jewish and Indian influences. A lavish live music and dance spectacle steeped in Spanish history, a flamenco performance creates a joyful and sensual mood. As an explosion of rhythms, colors and emotions that contain all the vitality and passion of the Spanish people, it is a folkloric celebration combining theatrical artistry with irresistible erotic appeal and irrepressible energy.
José Porcel began his career in Seville and has performed with some of the world's best dancers on the international stage. El Pais, Spain's most influential newspaper, has described Porcel as having "a stamp that differentiates him from the typical dancer, with his breadth and lean profile, his strong dramatic accent that helps him to command respect on the stage."
Tickets for Ballet Flamenco José Porcel are $12, $16 and $20 for students, $20, $28 and $35 for the general public. Tickets are available at the door or at the Willard Straight Hall Ticket Office on campus (open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m), at Clinton House in downtown Ithaca (open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.), by phone at 273-4497 or (800) 284-8422, or online at http://www.IthacaEvents.com.