The Palladium, Oct. 12.
This troupe of eight dancers, two singers and four musicians took us on an invigorating tour of Spain via traditional flamenco. Choreographer Jose Porcel meshes his superb work as a ballet dancer with a close feeling for the "customs and experiences of the Andalusian people." The drama sweeps you in as bodies enact the stories of relationships, desire, longing, humor. Highly percussive footwork is mesmerizing while torso, hands, arms and head are seductive and haughty and daring.
Ten separate pieces exuded different levels of emotion. With "Gypsy Fire," a solo improvisation, Porcel took our breath way with staccato tapping, swirls and turns, stopping in mid movement to play with the audience as if a bull fighter. Clothing becomes part of the action of the dance, used to tantalize, flirt, and express anger and bravado. Everything is interwoven to relate an evocative story.