Flamenco Workshops and Performances with an Award-winning Dancer Antonio Hidalgo in Louisville, Kentucky

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FlamencoTalk.com presents Antonio Hidalgo, recipient of the 2007 Premio Andaluz for artistic achievement, from Cordoba, Spain, in a week-long series of flamenco events in Louisville, Kentucky. The program will run April 6-13, 2008 and will include flamenco intensive dance workshops and performances of "Cuerpo y Alma" at the Clifton Center. International cast of musicians and dancers also features guest singers Chayito Champion and Vicente Griego. Art aficionados will not want to miss this unique opportunity to experience the passion and complexity of authentic flamenco, the centuries-old art form of Andalusian gypsies that, to this day, is seldom seen outside Spain.

Antonio Hidalgo

Antonio Hidalgo increases the speed dazzlingly without sacrificing his intense composure, then pulls everything down to a sotto voce flutter of taconeo, his heels and toes hardly seeming to move

A week-long program of flamenco workshops and performances in Louisville, Kentucky will begin on April 6, 2008 with intensive flamenco dance workshops with a world-renowned dancer and choreographer Antonio Hidalgo. Maestro Hidalgo has performed and collaborated with numerous companies, including Antonio Gades' company at the Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla 2006 and has toured Spain, Europe, Japan, USA, and South America. He will teach two 5-day workshops during his visit to Lousville, Kentucky. To complete the program two performances are scheduled at the Clifton Center on Friday, April 11, at 8pm and Sunday, April 13, at 2pm. Along with Antonio Hidalgo the shows' lineup features guest singers Chayito Champion and Vicente Griego, as well as local flamenco artists.

Flamenco Performances:
Cuerpo Y Alma
April 11, 8pm and April 13, 2pm
Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street, Louisville, Kentucky
Tickets: general admission, $18 in advance, $20 the day of show, purchase tickets

Flamenco Workshops:
Beginner/Intermediate Flamenco Dance, April 6-10, 6:30pm-8pm, cost $150 (7.5 hrs)
Intermediate/Advanced Flamenco Dance, April 6-10, 8pm-9:30pm, cost $150 (7.5 hrs)

Space is limited and pre-registration is highly recommended.

"Antonio Hidalgo increases the speed dazzlingly without sacrificing his intense composure, then pulls everything down to a sotto voce flutter of taconeo, his heels and toes hardly seeming to move" - The Village Voice

"Antonio Hidalgo's 'Bailaor/Bailaora', an ingenious production that offered a sample of male and female flamenco dance forms. Flamenco may emphasize stamping, but Mr. Hidalgo choreographically demonstrated that stamping can be infinitely varied" - The New York Times

"Antonio Hidalgo performs master moves with whiplash fury" - Dallas Morning News

Antonio Hidalgo began dancing professionally in Flamenco festivals in Córdoba, Spain. From 1984 until 1989 he was a member of the Spanish Ballet of Carmen Mota, touring Italy, France, Montecarlo, South America, Miami and several venues in Spain. He has also performed with the Ballet of Antonio Gades, the Ballet of Jose Greco, Maria Benitez Estampa Flamenca and in Tokyo with Tablao El Flamenco. With his own company he has performed in various venues in Japan and Spain. In 1990, as an independent solo dancer, he worked in Costa del Sol with various companies and flamenco "tablaos". He has directed and choreographed several shows including "Fiesta de Andalucia" in Spain and for the "Palais des Beux Arts" in Brussels. Since 1998 Antonio Hidalgo has been working with Flamenco Vivo Carlotta Santana. His new works include Mano a Mano, Bailaor-Bailaora and Bailes de Ida y Vuelta premiering, to great acclaim, at The Joyce Theater in New York City. In 2004 he began co-directing "Aroma Flamenco Dance Company" with Inmaculada Ortega in Madrid.

FlamencoTalk.com is an online community that allows you to learn, experience, and transform your life through the art form of flamenco. Created by flamenco enthusiasts for flamenco enthusiasts it provides all services free of charge in an effort to bring flamenco fans closer together and to generate awareness about this unique and expressive art form. FlamencoTalk.com focuses on providing a feature rich platform that allows users to learn about flamenco, express themselves, and connect with others like them.

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