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Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive Irvine, CA 92612
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543 events
456 reviews
634 stars
they had free coffee available, but you could only bring in bottle water to the theater
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prepaid parking is $10 (have your cash ready to keep the line moving)
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New World Flamenco Festival
16 ratings
4.4 average rating
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183 events
141 reviews
2 stars
attended Aug 10 2007

Incredible energy, great dancing & singing, comfortable venue. Never a dull moment.

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42 events
22 reviews
5 stars
attended Aug 15 2007

Wonderful event, most enjoyable. Extremely talented performers.

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26 events
20 reviews
1 stars
attended Aug 10 2007

One of the best performances I have seem. Well worth the time, drive, and effort. It truly had me glued to the performances.

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The New World Flamenco Festival has fostered a trend that is being noticed around the world – flamenco has a stylistic variety and point of view as rich as anything found in contemporary dance. One of the hallmarks of this festival is its ability to convince established flamenco artists, stars of their generation, to create or bring new and exciting works to premiere at the festival.

*August 10-12: De Grana y Oro (Scarlet and Gold)

*Compania Maria Jose Franco

Featuring Juan Jose Amador, Luis Moneo, and Carmen Grilo

Maria José Franco exemplifies her generation of flamencos. She combines great depth of feeling with a superb sense of showmanship, a return to a style learned from the masters. She began receiving honors and awards from the very beginning of her career. Her first company experience was with the celebrated Compañía Andaluza de Danza under the direction of the famed José Antonio. She then became a principal dancer with Antonio El Pipa with whom she shared the Irvine Barclay Theatre stage in 2005. Shortly thereafter, Compañía Maria José Franco was born: immediate success followed and, as recently as the 2007 Festival de Jerez, this current production of “De Grana y Oro” performed to much acclaim.

August 14-15: A Fuego Lento (At a Slow Fire)

Andres Pena and Pilar Ogalla

First invited to present his company under the auspices of the Bienal de Sevilla, Andrés Peña was also given the honor of presenting his latest work at the 2007 Festival de Jerez.  A Fuego Lento, featuring his partner Pilar Ogalla, is a production that begins, as its title suggests, as a simmering flame and proceeds to set the stage on fire.  Paying homage to the smoldering tradition of the male and female duet, Andres and Pilar together build a performance climaxing in a crescendo typical of the Jerez style….truly exhilarating.*


August 17-19: Las Cosas de Caí  (Things from Cadiz)

*Compañía Juan Ogalla

with guest artist Milagros Menjibar

Juan Ogalla views his 20 years of experience with flamenco’s most stalwart gatekeepers of tradition as a medal of honor. As an 11-year-old prodigy, he danced with Morao’s famous “Gypsy Passion,” and later with superstar Christina Hoyos. With masterful technique, a true Gypsy aesthetic, and matinee-idol looks, Juan is the perfect dancing partner to Manuela Rios – both personifying the qualities of the magical town of Cádiz. In addition to his company of outstanding musicians, singers and dancers, Juan brings one of flamenco’s great divas, guest artist Milagros Menjibar, Spain’s leading exponent of the bata de cola, the long gown.  A night in Cádiz to remember.