Magazine article Musical Opinion

Flamenco at the Peacock

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Flamenco at the Peacock

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The popularity of flamenco in London does not seem to diminish and after the success of Cumbre Flamenca last year Director Francisco Sanchez has brought a vivid new company to the Peacock Theatre, where on 4 February it delighted a huge audience. On a bare dark stage, with no scenery, six dancers, four singers and four guitarists transported their captivated audience to the very heart of Spain by the fire and energy of their performance. The name of the company, Campanas Flamencas, signifies the bells that ring out their messages of joy and despair at victory or defeat and in turn inspire the dancers to display the whole gamut of emotion in their flamenco dancing. The Company consisted of three generations of dancers, all of whom were born with the true spirit of Flamenco. After a complex number for the whole company, which was not easy to understand without a knowledge of the Spanish language, the first soloist to appear was the eleven-year old Nino de los Reyes, who showed great technical expertise but at such an early age lacked real passion. It was a gimmick which did not come off but in a decade he will then surely fulfil his promise. The fire he lacked was amply displayed by his brother, Isaac de los Reyes, a tall, elegant and very virile dancer, who raised the temperature of the performance with his splendid Siguirya.

The final number before the interval was an erotic dance by La Tati, a charismatic performer who has been dancing since 1960. Wearing a white gown, she dominated the stage with both her wild impetuosity and her calm stillness and cleverly she used her long white train almost as a partner in her performance, flicking it haughtily to left and right and gathering it in her arms almost as if it were her lover. …

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