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Nuevo Ballet Espanol gives flamenco production new dimension

Nuevo Ballet Espanol, from Spain, will be in Hong Kong next month (September) to perform the new production "Flamenco Directo", a fusion of flamenco with new dimension and tradition.

"Exciting new company with great dancers and an original interpretation of flamenco adds a new dimension without betraying its tradition." - Critical

The troupe was awarded "Premier Up" for The Best Dance Company of Spanish Dance and Flamenco Award in 2000. With a vision of mixing contemporary dance with flamenco traditions, Nuevo Ballet Espanol examined the possibilities for a new style of dance. Ángel Rojas and Carlos Rodríguez, innovators of modern flamenco, formed the company in 1995. They evolved Spanish traditional flamenco into new flamenco by adding a 21st century pop sensibility into their productions.

The company has produced 10 shows including "Infinito" (1995), "Canela y Fuego" (1996), "Fury" (2001), and "Romeo y Julieta" (2003). With a view to bringing modern flamenco to a wider international audience, the company toured extensively throughout Spain, Europe and South America for the last 10 years and has become the hottest dance sensation on the Spanish cultural scene.

Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodríguez are in the vanguard of modern Spanish dance. They shared the Best Dancer Award at the Spanish Annual Dance and Flamenco Choreography Awards in 1994. Over the years, they have participated in many international festivals. Their choreographies are now being performed by other companies. In 2000 they won the awards for Outstanding Dancers and Best Spanish Dance Company at the Jerez DDOO awards.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, "Flamenco Directo" by Nuevo Ballet Espanol will be staged at 7.30pm, on September 29 and 30 (Friday and Saturday), at the Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall. Tickets priced at $100, $180 and $250 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients). 10% discount for Friends of LCSD performing venues. For group booking discount, please refer to programme leaflet for details.

For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7323 or visit the following websites: . For reservations, please call 2734-9009. For credit card bookings, please call 2111 5999. To book online, please visit, .

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