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Paco Peña's Patrias.© Andy Phillipson. (Click image for larger version)

Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company – Patrias – London

★★✰✰✰   There is a great deal of ambition in the latest show from the superlative flamenco guitarist, composer and producer Paco Peña.

Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company in Flamencura.© Jeremy Toth. (Click image for larger version)

Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company – Flamencura – London

The dancing was never short of extraordinary. The opening part showcased the cerebral seriousness of the Solea…

Ángel Muñoz.© Elliott Franks. (Click image for larger version)

Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company – Flamenco Vivo – New York

Which brings me to Ángel Muñoz who, with Peña, is the real star of the show. The two couldn’t be more different: Peña is all interiority and nuance, while Muñoz is all bluster and instinct.

Paco Pena Flamenco Dance Company in Quimeras.© Cesar Alocer. (Click image for larger version)

Paco Pena Flamenco Dance Company – Quimeras – London

One might view the whole show as a battle of flamenco and African styles: the one, refined, disciplined and exact; the other wild and free; but both sharing a total dependence on rhythm.

Publicity image for James Cousins, winner of the New Adventures Choreographer Award.© James Cousins. (Click image for larger version)

Sadler’s Wells Sampled – companies from Hip hop to Ballet – London

Sampled offered smorgasbord snippets of the goodies that will be gracing the stage of Sadlers Wells Theatre this coming season. This show, like cinema trailers, entices viewers to decide what to see, or what to miss. However, there was nothing shown in Sampled that should be missed!

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