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The Bardavon Presents Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company Direct from Spain, legendary guitarist brings company to Poughkeepsie

  |   January 6, 2013  |  Comment



The Bardavon is pleased to present, direct from Spain, Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company, featuring the legendary musician and his company of guitarists, singers, and dancers performing Flamenco Vivo at the Bardavon on Sunday, January 20 at 7pm.

Flamenco Vivo, is a musical journey that displays the highest level of modern flamenco, highlighting the rhythmic complexities of its latest variations of dance, song and guitar. Flamenco Vivo also looks back to the most primitive and pure forms of this captivating art and pays respect to the legacy this tradition has left us.

Paco Peña embodies both authenticity and innovation in flamenco. As guitarist, composer, dramatist, producer, and artistic mentor he has transformed perceptions of this archetypal Spanish art form. Born in the Andalucian city of Córdoba, Mr. Peña began learning guitar from his brother at the age of six and made his first professional appearance at the age of 12. In the late 1960s, he left Spain for London, where his recitals of flamenco music captured the public imagination.

In 1995, the New York Times declared that: “Mr. Peña is a virtuoso, capable of dazzling an audience beyond the frets of mortal man. He combines rapid-fire flourishes with a colorist’s sense of shading; this listener cannot recall hearing any guitarist with a more assured mastery of his instrument.“

It should come as no surprise that readers of America’s Guitar magazine judged Paco Peña Best Flamenco Guitarist of the Year for five consecutive years. In 1997, he was proud to be named Oficial de la Cruz de la Orden del Merito Civil, an honor bestowed by King Juan Carlos of Spain.

Since 1970, Mr. Peña has performed regularly with his own hand-picked company of artists in a succession of groundbreaking shows. The Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company has taken the art form into the realm of music-theatre with regular seasons in London (Royal Festival Hall, Sadler’s Wells Theatre and Barbican) and festival appearances in Edinburgh, Adelaide, Amsterdam, Athens, Israel, Istanbul, Singapore and Hong Kong. 1999 brought the most ambitious production yet: Musa Gitana. Peña based the piece on the life and work of another artist from Córdoba, the painter Julio Romero de Torres. Its seven-week season at the Peacock Theatre in London”s West End stands as the longest-ever run of a flamenco show and a further London season followed in Spring 2001.

Tickets for Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company are $40 (Adults), $35 (Members) and are available at:

Bardavon Box Office, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072

UPAC Box Office, 601 Broadway, Kingston, 845.339.6088

or through Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or www.ticketmaster.com


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