March 20, 2011

Bolero Dance Theatre: MATADOR

Bolero Dance Theatre brings the art of bullfighting to Winnipeg!   

Come to the premiere of MATADOR, an original flamenco ballet at the 
Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, 340 Provencher.  

8:00 pm Saturday, March 26 
2:00 pm Sunday, March 27   

Tickets are $22 for adults l $18 for students/seniors 
Online at Bolero Dance Theatre      
or in person at McNally Robinson Booksellers   

Against a backdrop of traditional Spanish and flamenco music, the company brings the passion of the bullfight to life. Guest dancer Beny Pupo from Cuba will draw on his classical ballet training to portray the bull, contrasting with the flamenco footwork and deft cape manipulations of Puerto Rican-born Pedro Aurelio as the matador.  

The production includes a company of ten dancers and live musical accompaniment featuring flamenco guitar with vocals, and piano.   

Based on the novel Blood and Sand by Spanish author Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, they will tell the story of a famous matador torn between his childhood love and an aristocratic seductress. His divided loyalties undermine his prowess in the arena, with tragic results.  The novel has formed the basis for numerous movie versions featuring Rudolph Valentino, Rita Hayworth, and Sharon Stone. 
Bolero Dance Theatre was founded in 1997 by Artistic Director Pedro Aurelio. It is the only dance company in Canada which uses the Spanish dance form to tell a dramatic story.

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