Flamenco Passion [gallery]

Ensemble Español
Ensemble Español

When I think of Spain, the first thing that comes to mind isn’t matadors and bullfighting, or sangria with a side order of paella. Rather, I think of Flamenco—not flamingo–dancing, and there is no better example of flamenco dancing in the world than Ensemble Español. With this troupe, the moment the curtain goes up and the dancers came on stage, you become completely enthralled with the performances. Each dancer passionately evokes feeling with such grace and fluidity, that you not only sense that you are watching a living masterpiece, but that you, as the spectator, are part of it. Your heart beats are in rhythm with the tapping of the flamenco shoes against the stage, and your emotions are in perfect harmony with each chord of the guitar and each note that is sung. That’s right—flamenco is more than just tapping of flamenco shoes against a wooden floor to the string of the guitar. It is singing, dancing, and story-telling, all mixed into one, as exemplified by “Cinco tiempos para amar” and “Alma de Aragon.” Such dances are so powerful that they transport you through time to the days of Spanish courtly love and pastoral life. This troupe doesn’t just focus on traditional dances, though. They take the traditional dances and put a modern twist on them as was seen in “Juerga Flamenca” and “Herencia.” Each and every performance is unique work of art in itself, but, unlike a regular old art museum, you won’t be bored. By the end of the show—if not before—you will want to strap on a pair of flamenco shoes and dance.

 

 

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