Compañia Flamenca José Porcel
A dazzling company of flamenco dancers and musicians
World Music & Dance
Manager: Andrew S. Grossman
Management Territory: North America
Reasons for audience members to envy the dancers of Compania Flamenco Jose Porcel: The dances are evocative and exciting, blending traditional flamenco with some decidedly more contemporary music, moves and looks. The dancers are lithe and accomplished. "Flamenco troupe unveils array of steps, costumes" -Las Vegas Review-Journal
Artistic Director, Compañia Flamenca José Porcel
José Porcel was born in Sevilla, and at the age of thirteen began dancing Andalucian folkloric dances and flamenco in cultural centers in Valencia. He began his dance studies at 16 with the master Martín Vargas. He moved to Madrid and continued his studies with Paco Romero, Isabel Quintero, Cristóbal Reyes, Pedro Azorín and José Granero.
In 1989 he made his professional debut with the Ballet de Valencia, directed by Martín Vargas, and was promoted to soloist in the company . . . the following year.
In 1991 Mr. Porcel choreographed his first flamenco work, "Te traigo al sur, Miguel," under the direction of the flamencologist Federico Torres, in the Teatro Principal in Alicante. In 1992 he directed and performed in his first flamenco company, in the Expo de Sevilla.
In 1993 José Porcel took part in a tour of America with Clara Romana’s company, in the work "Carmina Burrana". 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" yand many flamenco ballets.
In 1997 he brought his performance entitled "Entrañas flamencas" to the flamenco festival of the Palacio de la Música in Valencia.
Within the Ballet Nacional, he worked with masters including José Granero, Victoria Eugenia, Juanjo Linares, Currillo, Manolo Marín, Javier de la Torre, Antonio Canales, Pedro Azorín. As soloist with the company he danced in "Los Tarantos" as Picaos, "Medea" as the man of Medea, and "Grito" as Soleá (flamenco). As premier dancer in the Ballet Nacional de España he interpreted "Farruca" (flamenco) and "Danza y tronío". In December 1999 Mr. Porcel danced as soloist in the company of Rafael Aguilar, interpreting the Torero in "Carmen" during a major tour of Germany and Switzerland.
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 over 20 sold-out performances, followed by a critically acclaimed tour of the United States during the 2001-2002 season. The Company scored a sensational success with their coast to coast tour of North America in the 2008-2009 season, returned to the United States and Canada in the 2011-2012 season with their thrilling program “Gypsy Fire”, and will be touring North America in the 2015-2016 season with their new program “Flamenco Fire”.
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