Esmeralda Enrique's recent evening of Flamenco at the Fleck Dance Theatre featured all of her signature brilliance as she continues to approach a classic form with a strong sense of history, transience, and the nostalgic, evolving migration of bodies across cultures and continents.
full companyAccompanied by the farm labourer's songs of Eastern Cuba to the carnival atmosphere from the port of Cadiz, a powerful ensemble of dancers, singers, and musicians graced the stage with gorgeous movement and costume. Guest artist El Junco punctuated the overall evening with his lithe, fluid presence, as he took on featured roles throughout. The ensemble of women created brilliant syncopated groupings as well as virtuoso offerings that explored themes as diverse as childhood memory, aesthetic surrender and acceptance, as well as the personal histories reflected in 'daily lives, gestures, and habits.'
Junco and GudinoPerhaps the most outstanding and consistent element of any given Enrique evening of Flamenco, becomes the simultaneous sense of a tightly woven inerplay of music, dance, and song. Although rehearsed to the point of seamless brilliance, there is always a sense of playful, near improvisational camaraderie that wanders with graceful, at times explosive abandon across the stage and infuses the evening with a kind of a elegance, commitment, and immense skill that never fails to excite.
Pamela Briz, Paloma Cortez, Noelia La MorochDe Idas y Vueltas did all this, and more, as the overall evening captured what Enrique calls an exploration of "the flamenco songs known as cantes de ida y vuelta." Melodies brought back from the Americas that became imbued with a flamenco accent spoke of "transmigrations of people, music, and customs" - intricate networks of cultural and aesthetic history as it has evolved over centuries of "goings and comings that determined the styles and sounds of both shores." Enrique traverses these shores with a fine blend of the personal and the universal as she infuses each choreographic offering with a joyous and committed sense of sight, sound, movement, and a fully integrated inter-cultural tapestry.
photo credits: Hamid Karimi
APRIL 24-27, 2014, HARBORFRONT, FLECK DANCE THEATRE