Flamenco in the desert

Raphael Amargo presents a riveting performance at the Phaza Morgana Festival.

Flamenco in the desert 521 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Flamenco in the desert 521
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Three years ago, Raphael Amargo visited Israel. Prior to the tour, few locals knew who he was or what he was all about. In a round of sold-out performances at the Suzanne Dellal Center, Amargo firmly placed himself on the map for Israeli dance lovers. His production was energetic, sensual and awe-inspiring. He was magical.
Now Amargo has returned, this time as the guest of Isrotel’s Phaza Morgana Series. The three-day event, which opened last night, takes place in picturesque Timna Park in the south of Israel.
Ohad Naharin kicked off the events with Panorama, danced by the Batsheva Ensemble and guests. Tonight, Amargo will give the desert a taste of Spain with a collage of his recent works called Rosso. This is the first time Isrotel has invited an international artist to perform in Phaza Morgana.
“This show is going to be a mix of best performances.
It’s a show full of emotions that goes straight to the heart,” Amargo told Billboard shortly before leaving for Israel. “And, of course, it has the best music,” he said.
Following the show will be a dance party with a long line-up of local DJs.
Once he returns to Spain from this tour, Amargo will begin a new production, which will follow up his international success Solo Y Amargo. This new piece, entitled Urgente Amar, is a blend of many different dance and musical styles that have emerged from Spain. “We mix coplas, mariachi, boleros and transform them into flamenco,” he explained. “The show is also going to have a great impact, using visuals created by filmmaker Isabel Coixet.”
As for Phaza Morgana, tomorrow night the festival will close with a performance by the Idan Raichel Project.
For more information about Phaza Morgana, visit www.phazamorgana.com.