Monday, September 22, 2008

Saint Mary’s Page Series opens with Compañia Flamenco Oct. 8

WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University’s Page Series will come alive with music, fiery footwork and brilliant costumes when Compañia Flamenco José Porcel takes the stage Wednesday, Oct. 8.

Known for their superb flamenco performances, José Porcel and his company of talented dancers will bring an explosion of rhythms, colors and emotions of the Spanish people to SMU’s Page Theatre, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

A flamenco performance gives spectators an overwhelming sensation of happiness — a joyful and sensual mood that no other form of dance is capable of evoking. The October program features eight dances, ranging from electrifying solos by Porcel to larger pieces for the company of eight men and women. In addition, the audience will be treated to live performances by a musical ensemble and traditional flamenco singers.

Tickets for the Page Theatre performance are $22, $18 for seniors, $18 for students, and are available by calling the SMU Box Office, (507) 457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at

Ernesto Calvo, Compañia Flamenco Jose Porcel’s road manager, will present a free pre-show presentation, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Figuilo Recital Hall, located adjacent to Page Theatre. Calvo will introduce flamenco, its history and place in Iberian culture. He will also provide insights into the evening’s performance, including styles, forms, and historical aspects of the dance and music.