dancers Manuel Liñán, Alfonso Losa, El Yiyo, Carrete de Málaga
singers Sandra Carrasco, Antonio Campos, David Carpio
guitars Francisco Vinuesa, Javier Ibañez
percussion Kike Terrón
Sadler's Wells, London • 14-15.Jul.23
Capping off this year's Flamenco Festival at Sadler's Wells is an energetic performance cleverly devised by Manuel Liñán to subvert gender roles with all male dancers. Bursting with intent, this is a heady combination of rapid-fire footwork, vivid arm shaping, lavish guitar riffs, pulsing percussion, soaring vocals, and dextrous shawl and ruffle-ography. The skill and power on display are simply breathtaking, and the thrumming shoes accompany the live music to thrillingly rattle our bones.
Tocar a un Hombre
by Julio Ruiz
chroeographed and performed by Julio Ruiz, Javier De La Asunción
Lilian Bayliss Studio, Sadler's Wells, London • 14.Jul.23
Ruiz and his partner De La Asunción are on the stage as the audience enters. They're just standing there, watching passively, doing little warm-up movements. Then as the lighting shift, they notice each other and begin a series of greetings: nodding, waving, shaking hands, hugging, kissing. These are thoroughly masculine, as awkwardness mingles with both intimacy and rivalry. Then De La Asunción removes all of his clothing and Ruiz plays him like a beloved percussion instrument before carefully dressing him back up.
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Beatrix Mexi Molnar, Juan Carlos Toledo
(NB. Tocar a un Hombre images are marketing/rehearsals)