CORVALLIS, Ore. – The flamenco guitar and dance ensemble Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana will perform its latest production, “Voces del Sur,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

The performance is part of “SAC Presents,” a visual and performing arts events series presented by the School of Arts and Communication in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts.

Flamenco Vivo has premiered more than 25 original works, offering commissions to numerous flamenco artists from Spain and the U.S. The troupe was founded by Carlota Santana, an internationally renowned flamenco and Spanish dance artist and educator, and Roberto Lorco in 1983. After Lorca died in 1987, Santana continued their work.

In the decades since, she has created the company’s innovative arts-in-education program, integrating Spanish dance and culture with academic curricula, and has pioneered bilingual education initiatives targeted to immigrant populations, as well as other programs addressing the special needs of students with disabilities.

She has also led the troupe’s growth as one of this country’s most successful flamenco companies, with a mission to promote flamenco as a living art form and a vital part of Hispanic heritage.

 “Voces del Sur” is comprised of seven dances meant to give the audience a glimpse into the mysterious land of Andalucía, the Southern region of Spain known as the “cradle of flamenco.” Andalucía is home to a diverse group of cultures, each with its own language and traditions. Arabic, Gypsy and Sephardic Jewish influences have blended together over the centuries.

Tickets are $30 and $35 in advance, or $35 and $40 at the door. All seats are reserved. The performance will be held in the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. To purchase tickets, visit https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/performance-and-visual-arts-events or call 541-737-5592.

Up to 100 free tickets are available for OSU students for each event. An OSU student discount code is needed and may be obtained in Fairbanks Hall 309A or 309B, or by calling 541-737-5592.

The box office opens at 6:30 p.m. Auditorium doors open at 7 p.m. Beverages and snack will be for sale in the lobby by Lumos Wine Co. starting at 6 p.m. Child care may be arranged through OSU KidSpirit’s Adult Night Out Program (fee and registration required – see website for details.)

SAC Presents participates in Corvallis Arts for All. If tickets remain on the evening of the performance, individuals in the SNAP program with an Oregon Trail Card may purchase up to two tickets at $5 each starting one hour prior to each performance. For availability of Corvallis Arts for All tickets or for accommodations for people with disabilities, call 541-737-5592.

SAC Presents is funded in part by donations made during the Cornerstone Campaign for the Arts and by OSU Friends of the Arts. Other performances still to come in this season’s SAC Presents series include:

  • Turtle Island Quartet with Cyrus Chestnut, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9.
  • Jenny Scheinman & H. Lee Waters: Kannapolis - A Moving Portrait, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6.

College of Liberal Arts

About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts includes the fine and performing arts, humanities and social sciences, making it one of the largest and most diverse colleges at OSU. The college's research and instructional faculty members contribute to the education of all university students and provide national and international leadership, creativity and scholarship in their academic disciplines.

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Erin Sneller, 541-737-5592, erin.sneller@oregonstate.edu