De Keersmaeker’s choreography – slow sways, shuffles, swinging turns, pounding runs – is calculatedly unshowy, and a lot less interesting than the music.
If Murphy’s dramatic template is classical, he works hard to give his characters a more contemporary edge.
This is a serious & beguiling work, uplifted by all the flamenco arts ( guitar, song, dance, percussion) but also through pacey theatrical direction from Peña’s long-term artistic consultant, Jude Kelly. Continue Reading
After an evocative opening tribute to Lorca with Pena and two solo dancers (Angel Munoz and Mayte Bajo) who emerge like interrogatory ghosts, the remaining show proceeds in fits and starts.
The performers don’t act, but rather focus our attention on the subtleties of sound and the inflections of Fernando Romero’s choreography. Instead of projecting outwards, they pull us in. It’s utterly captivating.