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2008 Event Media Release - Sara Baras Ballet Flamenco

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Issued August 2008

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE PRESENTS SARA BARAS BALLET FLAMENCO COMPANY

Direct from a sold-out run at London’s Sadler’s Wells, Sydney Opera House presents the exclusive Australian season of Sara Baras Ballet Flamenco in Sabores, 25 – 28 Sept, Concert Hall.

For more than a decade, Sara Baras has been hailed as one of Spain’s greatest flamenco exports.  She is the country’s most popular bailaora (dancer), known for her breakneck footwork and commanding presence.

Adored as a style icon and recipient of her home country’s most prestigious dance award, Premio Nacional de Danza, Baras made flamenco box office history with a record-breaking five-month run in Madrid.

Displaying the technical brilliance of traditional flamenco with a vibrant, contemporary edge, Baras and her company of 19 dancers and musicians, will set the Concert Hall stage alight with drama, passion and heart-stopping virtuosity.

Her acclaimed new show Sabores (Flavours) leads the audience on a journey through the many varied palos, or styles, of flamenco, culminating in a fiery free-style finale. Featuring sensual costumes of elegant simplicity and dramatic lighting, the focus is always on the dance.

Baras appears to almost levitate above the stage with her lightning footwork, yet always maintains a mesmerising gracefulness and a deep, emotional connection with the audience.

A precision-drilled troupe of male and female dancers provide fiery company for Baras, including special guest dancers José Serrano and Luis Ortega. Performing original music by Jose Maria Bandera, an ensemble of musicians and singers accompany the dancers on stage.

The overall effect is an intoxicating performance, which pulses with the rhythm and spirit of Spain.

SHOW DETAILS
Date:  25 –28 September, (Sunday matinee @ 3pm)
Venue:  Concert Hall
Duration: 90mins
Tickets:  $35 - $110
Bookings 02 9250 7777 / sydneyoperahouse.com

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