In its first visit to St. Louis since 2003, the Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company returns to present its sensational Flamenco Vivo, a musical journey that displays the highest level of modern flamenco, while staying true to its most primitive and pure forms. This quintessential Spanish ensemble employs only the most authentic practitioners of the art, in a go-for-broke performance by three dancers, singer, percussionist, and three guitarists, including the renowned Paco Peña. Flamenco originated in the Andalucian region of southern Spain from the melding of various cultures, Roman, Jewish, Moorish, and gypsy among them. Still evolving, the true art of flamenco is deeply emotional, a highly disciplined art conveying the human passions of longing, fear, lust, and anguish--through strict rhythmic structures within which the artists improvise. A Highlight Performance Co-sponsored with financial assistance from the Whitaker Foundation, and presented as a Special Project with the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission in Celebration of the Guitar Society’s 50th Anniversary Year (2013).