January 20, 2006

Arte y Pureza, flamenco in San Diego

Arte y Pureza, a critically acclaimed flamenco company direct from Seville, Spain will open its 2006 season and U.S. tour with a one-night-only performance at Mandeville Auditorium at the University of California, San Diego campus, Sunday, January 29, at 7 p.m.

The performance, entitled “Arte y Pureza,” showcases the talents of world-renowned flamenco singers, dancers and musicians from Andalucia. According to Ethan Margolis, the show’s artistic director, producer and guitarist, the performance offers a rare look into the purest forms of flamenco music and dance.

“This show brings powerful gypsy singing from the legendary town of Utrera with the emotional voice of Maria Peña,” Margolis says. “Arte y Pureza is a dynamic and exciting display of artistry and personality rarely seen outside the intimate bars and private parties of Andalucia,” he adds.

Described by flamenco expert Mario Bois as “truly exceptional and astounding,” Cihtli Ocampo “La Gallardi,” one of the show’s featured dancers captivates audiences worldwide with dazzling footwork and unique styling. The show highlights the virtuosity of lead guitarist Antonio Moya joined by his disciple Ethan Margolis. The performance also features Luis Peña and Javier Heredia, two gypsies from Seville, who share their art of baile casero, one of the oldest forms of gypsy song and dance.

General admission is $36 and $32. Children 12 and under are $28. Tickets are available at the UCSD box office at 858-534-TIXS or www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit www.arteypureza.com.

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