director Jude Kelly
choreography Fernando Romero
lighting Tom Wickens
guitars Paco Peña, Dani De Morón, Rafael Montilla
dancers Angel Muñoz, Adriana Bilbao, Gabriel Matias
singers Inmaculada Rivero, Iván Carpio
percussion Julio Alcocer
Sadler's Wells, London • 20-24.Apr.22
The title is term from Andalusia referring to how younger wines top up more mature wine to maintain a consistent blend. So this show begins with the cast listening to a tape recording of an elder musician. The first half is set in a rehearsal studio, as nine performers from three generations gather together, encouraging and provoking each other. Watching this feels almost illicit, as if we're being allowed into a private space in which flamenco itself is being defined, memorialised and pushed forward in new directions.
After the interval, the show shifts into a series of modern-style performance pieces that are simply breathtaking in their delicate textures, earthy energy and gut-level emotions. No longer in street clothes, the performers are dressed for the stage, which allows the lighting to augment the spectacular movement alongside the exquisite music. Each performer gets a chance to shine, punching so much energy onto the stage that it's almost overwhelming to watch. A highlight is a soaring guitar trio between Peña and colleagues Dani De Morón and Rafael Montilla.
for information, visit SADLER'S WELLS • 20.Apr.22