Dance Review: Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca at the Joyce Theater

December 10th, 2013

The program that Noche Flamenca is presenting at the Joyce Theater via Sunday is nearly the very same as the 1 this exemplary flamenco troupe offered at the Cherry Lane Theater in 2010. The Joyce, exactly where the firm has executed given that 2011, is significantly less personal than the Cherry Lane but holds much more than 2 times as several seats. That size permits much more men and women to encounter a solo by the company’s star, Soledad Barrio. And encountering Ms. Barrio is an knowledge every person need to have.

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Soledad Barrio performing at the Joyce Theater.

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A single new perform on the program, which I noticed previous 7 days, is “El Cazador,” a duet for Ms. Barrio and Juan Ogalla, loosely based mostly on Chekhov’s “The Huntsman.” Narrative is not a sturdy match of flamenco in common, and it is not this troupe’s forte. “El Cazador,” choreographed by Mart?n Santangelo and Gabriela Goldin Garcia, establishes the fundamental premise of a male passing by means of who can be detained only momentarily by the girl who loves him.

Ms. Barrio begins in between the two singers, Carmina Cortes and Mayte Maya, who wail her longing as she mimes chores and dejection. When Mr. Ogalla arrives, he is aloof. As they dance aspect by aspect, their footwork, along with Ms. Barrio’s awkward flirtation, expresses some transitory relationship. But the last gesture — Ms. Barrio’s unconsciously increasing her skirts as she watches him depart — has a poetic subtlety primarily lacking in the relaxation of the dance.

Mr. Ogalla has no difficulty conveying the man’s proud bluster. His “Farruca” solo, later in the system, is a dandyish display. “Look at my lunge,” he looks to say. His fashion distracts from the exactitude of his rhythms.

The “Solea por Buler?as” solo of Antonio Jim?nez is as rhythmically cogent, but a lot more interesting in its avidity. He claps his hands as if squashing a bug, and his stamped accents have the spontaneous high quality of profane exclamations. Eyes closed, he usually resembles a toddler in a tantrum.

Both guys can seem faintly (or not so faintly) absurd. That’s not the scenario with Manuel Gago when he sings “Zambra Caracolera.” “Tell me you love me,” he retains repeating in Spanish, with no accompaniment right up until the quite finish. His arms suggest that he’s tearing out his guts, and his voice goes way beyond suggestion.

Still, Ms. Barrio’s solo “Seguiriya” is on another level. She is dressed in black and appears like demise. One by one particular, she difficulties the singers and guitarists, as if to say, “Console me!” or “Match my pain!” She employs up each and every one and moves on to the following. Her relationship to the musicians is sturdy, but she’s also in her very own world, the globe of the music, and she pulls you in with her whether you want to go or not.

Noche Flamenca operates via Sunday at the Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th Avenue, Chelsea 212-242-0800, joyce.org.

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