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25th Anniversary Season
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana
Will Present A New Work Based On The Timeless Story of Carmen
“Carmen: El Baile”
Along with the Traditional "Estilos Flamencos"
At The Joyce Theater Opening March 4th 2008


Intense speed, sensual partnering, and stiletto movement are the trademarks of the nationally recognized Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana company, which will celebrate its 25th Anniversary season when the company returns to The Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Avenue) on Tuesday, March 4th with the New York premiere of “Carmen: El Baile,” (“Carmen: The Dance”) a fresh, cutting edge take on one of the world's most seductive women and the new work "Estilos Flamenco," a traditional celebration of the elegance and passion of Flamenco. Featuring nine dancers and five musicians, the company continues its dual mission of re-inventing the boundaries of contemporary Flamenco as well retaining a respect for the customs of the art form. The company will perform for its eighth consecutive Joyce season, Tuesday, March 4th through Sunday, March 9th.

As a special highlight for its anniversary season, the company has created “Carmen: El Baile” (“Carmen: The Dance”) inspired by the legend of Carmen. The 50-minute dance/drama will paint the timeless diva as a self-empowered woman and a symbol of artistic perfection, strength and creativity --- revealing that her drive to achieve artistic perfection can both create and destroy. Fusing the powerful rhythm of Flamenco choreography with original music and a dramatic script, Pilar Andujar, the highly praised young choreographer from Spain, has joined forces with theatre director, Rafael Lopez-Barrantes. Lopez-Barrantes, a former faculty member at Duke University and presently working at CalArts, will supply conceptual framework and staging. Composer Calvin Hazen has penned a score which will combine traditional Flamenco with strains of Bizet and contemporary music.

"Estilos Flamencos" will conclude the program with a series of duets, solos and group works allowing the artists to freely perform in a highly charged competitive atmosphere. Through stunning footwork and precision technique, each dancer will showcase their own personal style as well as their individuality as an artist.

Founded in 1983, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana’s mission is to foster the art form of Flamenco and Hispanic culture through the creation of cutting-edge new works. Featuring artists from Spain as well as the US, this international company embraces Ms. Santana's goal of nurturing young artists as well as educating young generations in the arts to help them develop, grown and evolve. The company continues to pioneer in-depth works focused on varied facets of Spanish/Hispanic culture.

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana is supported by American Express Bank; The Harkness Foundation for Dance; The Merrill G. and Emita E. Hastings Foundation; The Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund; The JPMorgan Chase Foundation; The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; The New York State Council on the Arts; The Office of the Manhattan Borough President; Target Stores; Tourist Office of Spain; The Friar’s Club; American Music Center Live Music for Dance Program and WNYC NY Public Radio and The U.S. Department of Education., NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, Con Edison and The National Endowment for The Arts

“Carmen: El Baile” has been commissioned by The Joyce Theater's Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Fund for New Work.

The performance schedule in New York, at The Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street) is: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00; Sunday at 7:30 with matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00. All tickets are $40. For additional information and to purchase tickets, call JoyceCharge at (212) 242-0800 or online:

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