Passionate Tradition of Authentic Flamenco Will Ignite the Senses in a Production of "Cuerpo Y Alma" at the Clifton Center, in Louisville, Kentucky

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A dazzling showcase of styles in sensual movement and fiery footwork, primal pulse of rhythms, passion, and intoxicating music will be the features of the authentic flamenco production "Cuerpo Y Alma" scheduled to run on April 11, at 8pm and April 13, at 2pm at the Clifton Center in Louisville, Kentucky. International cast of musicians and dancers, featuring guest dancer and choreographer Antonio Hidalgo, singers Chayito Champion and Vicente Griego, among others, will celebrate the power and glory of flamenco, the hauntingly beautiful and complex art form of Southern Spain.

Flamenco Performance

Antonio Hidalgo performs master moves with whiplash fury.

FlamencoTalk.com presents Antonio Hidalgo, an award-winning dancer and choreographer from Cordoba, Spain in a week-long program of flamenco workshops and performances in Louisville, Kentucky. 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. The program will kick off with two 5-day workshops for flamenco dance students and culminate with two performances at the Clifton Center on Friday, April 11, at 8pm and Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m.

Professional flamenco musicians and dancers, students of the art form, and aficionados alike will benefit from this unique opportunity. The performances will showcase the many styles of flamenco and give art enthusiasts a rare chance to experience this intensely passionate and complex art form. The workshops will be tailored to two main levels of students -- beginner and intermediate; private classes of all levels, including professional and master, will be available upon request for those who wish to study the art form more in-depth.

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. For more information visit http://www.FlamencoTalk.com

"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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