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Flamenco star brings Gypsy flamenco dance to HK

Hailed as "the best artist to set foot in the Big Apple" by the New York Times, flamenco star Farruquito, together with his company of dancers, singers and musicians from Spain, will perform the original Gypsy flamenco dance, "Alma Vieja" (Old Soul), next month.

The performances will take place at 8pm from January 16 to 18, 2004 (Friday to Sunday) at the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong City Hall.

The shows are presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Farruquito is the guardian of a dance school founded by his grandfather, Farruco, the patriarch of gypsy flamenco. Born to a family of flamenco artists, Farruquito made his debut on the international stage at the age of five in the Broadway show, "Flamenco Puro", and his appearance in the film, "Flamenco" by Carlos Saura at the age of 12 further boosted his career.

At the age of 15, Farruquito took on the responsibility of continuing the family tradition after the death of Farruco in 1997. The sudden death of his father made him head of the family at just 19. Farruquito participated in the world's leading festivals including Mont de Marsan, the Royal Festival Hall, London in 1997 and the Flamenco Festival USA 2003. He also heads the academy, located in Seville, which preaches the precepts of the Farruco school.

Today his achievements as an artist are well recognised:

"... the noblest exponent of the art of flamenco today" - San Francisco Chronicle

"Few can match his combination of superior technique and duende" - The New York Times

Tickets priced at $320, $250 $180 and $100 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients (limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). A 10% discount is offered to Friends of LCSD performing venues.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7323, and for ticketing enquiries and reservations call 2734 9009. Internet booking of tickets is available at . For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999. Visit for more information on the programme.

Ends/Monday, December 15, 2003
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