Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana
Friday, November 14, 2014 at 8pm
“an infectiously joyful celebration of music and dance.”
— The New York Times
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 60th Anniversary Season on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 8pm with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, this premier company will perform “The Soul of Flamenco,” a passionate new production that embodies the purity of traditional flamenco and classical Spanish dance. Tickets are $40/$30 (orchestra/mezzanine) and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm).
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana is known for the purity of its work and the unique and creative way in which it has enriched the art of flamenco. The company has actively encouraged the creativity and innovation of young artists from both Spain and the U.S. while keeping faithful to the powerful traditions of flamenco.
True to its founding vision, the company commissions new works with original choreography and music and has premiered a series of dramatic, cutting edge works. Recent creations include Burlador (The Trickster), an innovative dance drama based on tales of the legendary deceiver Don Juan; Bailes de Ida y Vuelta, a journey through Latin America to show how flamenco has been influenced by Caribbean, Latino and Afro-Latino sounds; Bailaor / Bailaora, a portrayal of the evolution of flamenco; Mano a Mano, a tribute to the bullfighter Manolete and the contemporary flamenco story-ballet; andFederico, a celebration of the life of Federico Garcia Lorca. Each performed to great acclaim at The Joyce Theater in New York City and on tour.
The company’s mission of bridging cultures using the spirit of flamenco is achieved through extensive community outreach, exciting arts-in-education programs and powerful performances for diverse audiences. In addition to its intensive curriculum based in-school residency programs, the company has created unique arts-in-education performance pieces such as Amigos Españoles, featuring a young person’s journey through Spain, and, in conjunction with Lincoln Center Institute, Inesperanza, a story of life’s difficulties told through the art of flamenco.
In 1996, after several years of residency programs in North Carolina, the company created a second home base in the Raleigh/Durham area. Yearly Arts Education residencies and theatre productions as well as community performances, classes, and a North Carolina annual season have had great success in bringing together the local traditional and Hispanic communities.
The Company was founded in 1983 by Roberto Lorca and Carlota Santana. The first performances were on May 17 & 18, 1983 at The Alternative Museum in Soho, NYC. Since Mr. Lorca’s untimely death in 1987, the company has continued to grow and flourish under Ms. Santana’s direction performing at such venues as Lincoln Center, The Joyce Theater, The New Victory Theater, Summerdance Santa Barbara, Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh, The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, The Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota, Florida, Universidad Bucaramanga in Columbia, South America, Palacio de Congresos in Granada, Spain, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art among many, many others.
Carolta Santana (Founder & Artistic Director) has recently been honored by the King and the Government of Spain with La Cruz de la Orden al Merito Civil for “all the years of passion, excellence and dedication to the flamenco art” and also has been designated “The Keeper of Flamenco” by Dance Magazine in recognition of her commitment to creating new works and developing young artists and choreographers. She has led the company to its 30th Anniversary – a first for an USA/NYC flamenco company. In celebration the company’s Anniversary and in partnership with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the company created a five month exhibit entitled “100 Years of Flamenco in NYC,” celebrating the art form and Flamenco Vivo’s 30th Anniversary. The exhibit ran from March 13 thru August 3, 2013 at The Astor Galley at Lincoln Center.
Multibuy discounts (four or more shows) save 15% off individual ticket prices (some restrictions apply). 50% discount for children ages 12 and under. Discounts also available for seniors, students, Brooklyn College faculty/staff/alumni, and groups. $10 student rush tickets available day-of-show.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ presentation of Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana is made possible, in part, by the Macy’s Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and The Harkness Foundation for Dance.
Founded in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the PerformingArts at Brooklyn College presents outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, at affordable prices. Each season, Brooklyn Center welcomes over 65,000 people to the 2,400 seat Walt Whitman Theatre, including up to 45,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools who attend their SchoolTime series, one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the borough.
In 2014-15, Brooklyn Center celebrates its 60th Anniversary Season of presenting world-class performances on the Brooklyn College campus.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ programs are supported, in part, by public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Major support for the 2014-15 season is provided by: Brooklyn College, Target, Con Edison, TD Bank, National Grid, the Macy’s Foundation, the Herman Goldman Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jazz Touring Network, the Alice Lawrence Foundation, the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc., and the TD Charitable Foundation. Additional support provided by CNG Publications, The Brooklyn Eagle, WFUV, and WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM. The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 60th Anniversary Season. Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York State Assemblymembers Rhoda Jacobs, Alan Maisel, Félix Ortiz, Annette Robinson, and Helene Weinstein, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Tom Finkelpearl.