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Flamenco Dance to Take Stage at Susquehanna University

Published on February 2, 2011


SELINSGROVE—Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, one of the nation’s premier flamenco and Spanish dance companies, will present “Fiesta Flamenca” Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Susquehanna University’s Degenstein Center Theater. 

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana has performed at New York’s Lincoln Center, Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and venues in Colombia and Spain, among many others. The company was founded by artistic directors Carlota Santana and Roberto Lorca to bring flamenco to a mainstream audience. Since the 1987 death of Lorca, Santana and the company have broadened their mission, promoting flamenco as a vital part of Hispanic heritage, creating new dance works, presenting arts education programs, and nurturing the next generation of Spanish dance artists.  

Through its purity of form, rhythms and intensity, flamenco dancing strikes primal chords in the emotions of audiences of all ages and cultures. Traditional dances include the joyful alegrias, with songs that are light and carefree in spirit; tango, one of the oldest and most basic gypsy forms; and the soleares, with themes of romantic tragedy, desolation and death. The flamenco party frequently ends por bulerias, where everyone takes a turn to “show their stuff.”  

“The company’s live music enhances the entire experience,” said Valerie Martin, event organizer and dean of the School of Arts, Humanities and Communications. “The dancers are exceptional, and the stories they tell are captivating. The rhythms that drive the music and movement are at the heart of the passion, whether coming from the guitar, clapping hands, castanets, percussion or the dancers’ feet.”  

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased by calling 570-372-ARTS or visiting the Susquehanna University box office Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m., in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center.  

The Susquehanna University Artist Series has been presenting internationally acclaimed artists of dance, music and theater for the university and larger community since 1902. The Artist Series seeks to encourage an aesthetic appreciation of diverse cultures as well as the artistic heritage of humankind. Performances are often linked in ways that advance intellectual engagement through master classes, lectures or content of the artistic presentation.

Karen M. Jones


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