The High Holy Day season is here, meaning that even though the days are still
hot, the summer is officially coming to a close. As schoolchildren dust off
their backpacks and lifeguards scale back their work hours, the Suzanne Dellal
Center will say goodbye for now to the annual Hot Dance Festival. For the past
two months, Hot Dance has filled the three theaters of the center with dance
performances of all genres, from ballet to African dance.
Spanish dancer and choreographer José Porcel and his acclaimed ensemble will
give the festival’s closing performances.
This is Porcel’s second visit
to Israel. He and his troupe were presented in Israel in 2011 as part of the
World Dance Festival. For this visit, Porcel will reveal his newest production,
Arte. The show is a special production that Porcel reserves for touring. In
Arte, scenes from his award-winning shows are woven together into a type of
“best hits” performance. Six musicians, including one singer and two female
dancers, will join him on stage.
Born and raised in Seville, Spain,
Porcel grew up with the beats and rhythms of flamenco music. From an early age,
he studied classical flamenco and went on to dance as a soloist with a long list
of companies, including Ballet de Valencia and the National Ballet of Spain. He
was a soloist in the company of Antonio Marquez, whose star-studded troupe will
also perform in Israel this season.
Porcel is not only one of the most
renowned performers in Spain, but he is also an admitted flamenco purist. In the
printed program of each performance, he includes a paragraph about the history
and origins of flamenco song and dance.
“A flamenco performance gives the
spectator an overwhelming sensation of happiness, a joyful and sensual mood that
no other form of dance is capable of evoking because flamenco is an explosion of
rhythms, colors and emotions that contain all the vitality, sunniness and
passion of the Spanish people. It is a folkloric celebration where, even when
theater art is being created, irresistible erotic appeal and irrepressible
energy remain intact,” writes Porcel of the form. “The origins of flamenco are
still uncertain, and they have been lost through the centuries in a tangled web
of influences and contributions from various civilizations.”
perhaps the quest to discover the essence of flamenco that propels Porcel to
investigate it over and again.
To see Porcel on stage is to behold a
person in the grip of passion. With his long limbs and masterful movements,
Porcel brings unbridled energy to every performance. His charisma is matched by
dazzling technique. It is thanks to these virtues that Porcel has been invited
to perform around the world as both a soloist in major productions and as
artistic director of his own company.
For audience members who attended
Porcel’s last performance in Israel, Arte offers a new world of color, rhythm
Arte will be performed September 9 to 12 at the Suzanne Dellal
Center. For more information, visit www.suzannedellal.org.il.