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Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana to perform at SFA

January 30, 2015 - Robbie Goodrich
The SFA College of Fine Arts will present one of the nation's premier flamenco and Spanish dance companies, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, performing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus as part of the 2014-2015 University Series.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts will present Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana performing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus as part of the 2014-2015 University Series, "Connect."

"Flamenco Vivo brings an exciting evening of flamenco to Turner stage and features accomplished artists from the U.S. and Spain in a performance that will include celebrated repertoire as well as new works," said John W. Goodall, associate dean of the SFA College of Fine Arts.

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, one of the nation's premier flamenco and Spanish dance companies, is performing in its 32nd season. Carlota Santana serves as artistic director of the company, while Antonio Hidalgo is associate artistic director.

Santana and Roberto Lorca founded the company in 1983. It was their vision that new Spanish dance should not only find a permanent home in the U.S., but also find an environment in which its creation and performance would thrive. Under Santana's direction, the company has expanded its repertory by presenting new music, dramatic works and a mixture of various dance vocabularies, as well as by integrating Hispanic-American influences.

Santana created the company's innovative arts-in-education program, fusing Spanish dance and culture with school curriculums, and she has traveled widely implementing this program.

Prior to the performance, Heather Samuelson, dance instructor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science at SFA, will present a 7 p.m. informative talk in Griffith Gallery about the company. The gallery is located across the hall from Turner Auditorium. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to meet the performers and to honor the event's corporate sponsor, Lehmann Eye Center.

Griffith Gallery and Turner Auditorium are located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

Tickets range from $20 to $40, with discounts available for seniors, SFA faculty/staff, students and youth. For tickets or more information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.