Acompact version of the Madrid-based company of Jose Porcel brought a sample of
basic, predictable Flamenco dancing to Suzanne Dellal’s stage.
somewhere in his mid-forties, seemed to have lost some of his strength, and
performed only a few short solo pieces. In between his performances, his two
supporting female dancers had ample time to show their undeniable
Overall, the evening fell between the cracks; the troop gave up
the traditional, more formal look and added contemporary flare with less flashy
costumes, yet the dance was a far cry from the new flamenco that shook the dust
off so-called pure flamenco.
While musical intermissions are part of most
Flamenco shows, the five musicians – including the two singers mentioned above –
didn’t attempt any unusual musical arrangements or virtuoso playing on the
violin, guitar or cajon.
It seemed both the host and the guests treated
the performance as yet another gig, and one on the shoddy side at that. They
didn’t even bother naming the dancers and musicians, although possibly they
reasoned that they didn’t have to, since the room was packed with Flamenco
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