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2006-07-26

Winnipeg Fringe Festival Review – Flamenco con Fusion 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — Keith @ 9:41 pm

From the Fringe guide:

Flamenco as you’ve never experienced before! Moving quickfire into the modern world, traditional flamenco meets hip hop for a fabulous fusion of old and new.

The guide also lists a website for the show at: http://www.flamencoflow.com/

The venue for this show was the MTC Warehouse. It is a small professional theatre house that was quite comfortable to sit in for the show. This was the first show I have ever seen at a Fringe festival, and I suppose it was a decent leaping off point. The start felt a bit slow to me. I’m not sure why, but it did. It took me a little while to get into the show.

The guitarist was enjoyable to watch and listen to. There was one segment that really impressed me where he appeared to be picking with both his strumming hand and the hand on the neck of the guitar. I was slightly surprised that an acoustic guitar with pick-ups wasn’t used. The guitar was a non-amplified guitar with an external microphone positioned near the guitar.

The dancing portions of the show were an interesting hybridization of urban dance with the Spanish flamenco. Perhaps hybridization is too strong a word. There were two dancers; one was a male hip hop dancer, and the other was a female flamenco dancer. The staging of the two was in a format of a dance-off against each other. Given that the show was about an hour long, what at first is interesting can grow a bit repetitive after a while. That is exactly what happened from my perspective. Both dancers had a certain number of moves, and after the second round of dancing off against each other, I realized that any more dance-offs were not likely to contribute much more to what was already seen.

The show was enjoyable at an overall level, and I liked the guitar playing enough to buy the guy’s cd on my way out of the theatre.

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