From his days as first dancer in Compañía Española de Antonio Márquez to his sensational U.S. tour in 2008, José Porcel has been an electric presence in the world of flamenco.
From Madrid, Spain, Porcel’s own company of eight dancers, two singers and four musicians will bring the vitality, color and rhythms of flamenco dance to an exuberant realization on stage for their Folsom debut.
“The company scored a magnificent success with their tour of North America in the 2008-09 season,” said Executive Director Dave Pier. “Three Stages is glad to host them here in Folsom with their new program ‘Gypsy Fire’.”
Compañía Flamenca José Porcel will perform in Three Stages at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Tickets are $25 to $45 with premium tickets available for $55. Purchase tickets online at threestages.net or from Three Stages ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before showtime. Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.
Porcel was born in Sevilla, and at the age of 13 began dancing Andalucian folkloric dances and flamenco in cultural centers in Valencia. He began his dance studies at 16 with the master Martín Vargas and later moved to Madrid and continued his studies with Paco Romero, Isabel Quintero, Cristóbal Reyes, Pedro Azorín and José Granero.
In 1994 he was invited to join the Ballet Nacional de España, where he interpreted works including “Medea,” “Ritmos,” “Bolero de Ravel,” “El Sombrero de tres picos,” “Danza y tronio,” “Los Tarantos,” “Fantasia Galaica,” “Grito,” “Poeta” and many flamenco ballets.
In 2000 he danced as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, under the direction of maestro Héctor Zaraspe. In this same year he was contracted as the first dancer in the Compañía Española de Antonio Márquez, performing on tour around the world and at the Ópera de París for more than 20 sold-out performances, followed by a critically acclaimed tour of the United States during the 2001-02 season.
For the Dec. 3 performance, Compañía Flamenca José Porcel will include the dancers Leticia Calatayud, Tamara Calatayud, Tania Martin, Inmaculada Aranda, Rocio Martin, Benjamin Jimenez, Dario Alanis and José Porcel. The musicians will include Victor Marquez and Pepe del Morao (guitar), Javier Fernandez (percussion), Manuel Perez (flute), plus Rocio Soto and Olivier Garcia (vocals).
Of “Gypsy (roma) Fire,” Porcel notes, “With this new production I would like to present to you the purest and the oldest part of flamenco from Andalusia, by reviewing the most famous styles of this dance form. Preserving the style and form of traditional flamenco, customs and experiences of the Andalusian people is my goal. Enjoy our wonderful dancers, musicians, and vocal soloist performing, without any added effects, only the pace and the music, song and dance of the gypsy (roma) art form.”