Greeted warmly at the door by one of the dancers and ushered to our seats we were soon transported from the Spiegelzelt at Gluttony to a Café Cantante of 19th century Spain.

The music started slowly and gently with stunning singing and beautifully fluid solo flamenco guitar work. The three dancers, who were initially seated, gradually unfurled themselves utilising their embroidered shawls to great effect as they did so. This was followed by solo performances by each of the dancers, each having her own unique style and amazing stamina. The costumes were simple and stylish and enhanced the movement. One dancer coped amazingly well when the neckline of her gown came undone, hardly missing a beat. The hand clapping with its weaving together of the different rhythms was an artform in its own right. The amazing footwork resembling tap dance, percussion and skilful guitar playing were accompanied by calls of encouragement from members of the cast and from the many Spanish speaking people in the audience. This felt like an authentic flamenco experience in its juxtaposition of passion and control.

Flamenqueando’s latest production brings together Spanish singer Cristina Soler, Aria nominated flamenco guitarist Damien Wright, dancers Jessica Statham, Chachy Penalver and Madrid-trained Adelaide-based Rosalie Cocchiaro, with jazz drummer/percussionist James Hauptmann.
Time is running out to see this wonderful show at this year’s Fringe; final dates are 15/16/17 & 18th of March.

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