Flamenco Vivo to perform at Queens Theatre
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Feb 07, 2017 | 4628 views | 0 0 comments | 349 349 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Photo cred: Angelica Escoto
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Flamenco Vivo returns to Queens Theatre with ‘Poema de Andalucía,’ a collection of emotional performances paying tribute to the Andalusian region of Spain.

In a night of exquisite dance, fashion and songs, the audience can expect a passionate look into the culture. The first performance of the night focuses on Córdoba-based modernist and symbolist painter Julio Romero de Torres.

The choreography, music, dance and costumes will take the audience on the journey from the painter’s search “for the perfect face” to a love duet to the tango representing the parties of La Feria. Córdoba: El Pintor explores women and the feelings behind the faces.

“It has a lot to do with motion and rhythm, so dances don’t tell a story as much as they express a certain emotion,” said Carlota Santana, artistic director of Flamenco.

For instance, choreographers Enrique Vicent and Antonio Lopez, from Málaga, have put together a performance combining martinete rhythm and seguiriya form, one of the oldest flamenco forms, to show heaviness and feelings of sorrow.

Flamenco dances are sometimes broken down, Santana explained. A dancer might do a specific dance to music and then they might stomp their feet and go onto another part. The audience is invited to applaud during that little space of time or yell out an olé, Santana said.

“In classical music concerts, you’re not allowed to applaud between the first or second movement but in flamenco, you can applaud anytime you want,” she added.

The show will also feature a biographical performance of artist Pablo Picasso’s early life and inspirations.

“Essentially what I wanted to do in this piece was to explore Picasso’s obsession with death and redemption,” said Susana di Palma, choreographer. “Therefore, I went with his Blue Period and Cubism.”

Flamenco Vivo will present three performances at the Queens Theatre this weekend, February 11th and 12th. Saturday’s performances are at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. while Sunday’s performance at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be bought at www.queenstheatre.org.

“Some of the audience fall in love the dances, while others fall in love with the costumes, the guitar players or the singers, so there’s lots of different points of entry into the art form to fall in love with,” Santana said. “Fall in love, right before Valentine’s Day.”

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