WMU News

Compania Espanola at WMU for one performance

Feb. 5, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- As an heir to the great masters who is, at the same time, an artist endowed with a highly individual talent and artistic temperament, Antonio Marquez creates a spectacle where colors, music and choreography create a stirring journey into the heart of Spanish culture and dancing. The technical mastery of Compania Espanola de Antonio Marquez will grace the Miller Auditorium stage for one performance only on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m.

Tickets prices range from $35 to $15 and can be purchased through the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at 269 387-2300, toll-free 800 228-9858, or on the Web <www.millerauditorium.com>.

Born in Seville in 1963, Antonio Marquez began to study dance at age 12 and completed his training with the Ballet National de Espana. Distinguishing himself by his own technique and talent, he became a member of the Spanish Company in 1982. This was the beginning of intense activity and a prestigious career that led him to appear throughout the world as the principal performer of the Spanish Company's tours and at numerous festivals. He has worked with the Ballet Espanol de Madrid, Ballet Region de Murcia, and performed guest roles that were created specifically for him before starting his own dance company, Companía Espanola de Antonio Marquez.

Considered one of the greatest Flamenco dancers, Marquez brings an explosion of color, music and the traditional Spanish culture dance style to the stage. Spectators will be stirred by the passion, emotion, and joy Marquez expresses through his powerful arm movements, seductive poses, and polished posture.

Marquez has performed before international audiences and for dignitaries, including King Juan Carlos of Spain.

Compania Espanola de Antonio Marquez is sponsored by AM 590 WKZO.

Media contact: Krista Iles, 269 387-2298, krista.iles@wmich.edu

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