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Flame’n’co (Dondeduendes)

By | Published on Friday 12 August 2011

This intimate flamenco show attempts reinvention of the genre, but ultimately attempts too much and loses its cohesion. In sublime moments, music and movement fuse, anchored by the percussionist and an enthusiastically clapping audience. Danielo Olivera’s expressive, evocative vocals convey the narrative of passion hanging in the air as Mayte Beltran’s liquid arms twist above an athletic core. His balance lost for just one second, it nevertheless results in a skilful performance. Jazz infusion brings a swing to the beat and a smiling looseness to the previously intense and rhythmically stern dancer. However, this experimentation needs honing: synthesised sound effects – including didgeridoo – and riffs on cartoon themes feel gimmicky and undeveloped, and sadly cripple the show’s integrity.

theSpaces on North Bridge, 5 – 27 Aug, 20.10pm (20.55pm), £9.00 – £10.00, fpp170.
tw rating 3/5