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Flamenco Sin Fronteras, Paco Peña Dance Company, Sadler's Wells

Flamenco Sin Fronteras, Paco Peña Dance Company, Sadler's Wells

Spain and Venezuela, allure and sex, mystery and invitation - a great contrast

Charo Espino and Daniela Tugues: Spain meets Venezuela in Paco Peña's latest showAlex Rumford/SWT

Spain and Venezuela are two countries divided by a common language - in dance and music, as well as in culture. Hence the hook for Paco Peña’s latest production, Flamenco sin fronteras, which while wearing a faintly anthropological air also packs a lot of ebullient performance skills and talking-points. Contrasting “high” Cordoban flamenco (and in Charo Espino and Angel Muñoz, Peña provides two of the most refined dancers to be found in any style) with gutsy, African-influenced flamenco from Caracas, makes for a direct comparison of sex and allure, earth and fire, of relaxed, open-hipped, four-square Afro-Latin drumbeat and the tautly strung, buttock-clenching, almost oriental mysteries of Iberian flamenco-guitar rhythm.

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