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Rita Kohn
Performance Reviews
The Palladium
United States
Carmel, IN

Compania Flamenca Jose Porcel

by Rita Kohn
October 12, 2011
The Palladium
The Center for the Performing Arts
355 City Center Drive
Carmel, IN 46032
4 stars

This review was originally published in NUVO Newsweekly, Indianapolis, IN.

Rita Kohn is a member of the Board of the Dance Critics Association.
Invigorating in technique and connection with the audience this troupe of eight dancers, two singers and four musicians took us on a tour of Spain via traditional flamenco. Jose Porcel meshes his superb work as a ballet dancer with a close feeling for the "customs and experiences of the Andalusian people." The drama sweeps you in as bodies enact the stories of relationships, desire, longing, humor. Highly percussive, footwork is mesmerizing while torso, hands, arms and head are seductive and haughty and daring. Ten separate pieces exuded different levels of emotion. With "Gypsy Fire," a solo improvisation, Porcel took your breath way with staccato tapping, swirls and turns, stopping in mid movement to play with the audience as if a bull fighter. Clothing becomes part of the action of the dance, used to tantalize, flirt, and express anger and bravado. Everything is interwoven to show an evocative story. More at http://www.cami.com/?webid=1894-
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