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.