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Compania Olga Pericet: Flamenco Sin titulo – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Helen Jones

Olga Pericet is widely regarded as one of the most versatile and creative dancers and choreographers in the world of Spanish dance. Known for her respect for the tradition of Flamenco, she combines it with an unconformist and contemporary style.

She originally trained at the Conservatory of Cordoba in Spanish Dance and Flamenco but went on to work in some of the major Spanish Dance companies including Rafaela Carrasco, Nuevo Ballet Español, Arrieritos, Miguel Ángel Berna, Teresa Nieto, Belén Maya and Ballet Nacional de España, before setting up Compania Olga Pericet.

For Flamenco Sin Titulo she is joined by two Spanish guitarists Antonia Jiminez and Pino Losada, both of whom are highly skilled. In their solo sessions they show how easy it would be to simply listen to them play all evening but that would mean missing out on Ms Pericet’s dramatic prescence and her powerful daancing. For some of the dances she is clad in a black catsuit which shows off her stunning footwork, but her dances in a beautiful flamenco dress with a fishtail back are in some ways more impressive as she uses the dress as an accessory to the choreography.

Flamenco Sin Titulo has an original score rather than using traditional Spanish music, and in keeping with the avent-garde choreography, can be discordant as well as tuneful. Unfortunately the discordant dominates and means that the two singers, Manuel Gago and Miguel Lavis, are often discordant too. This can make sections of the show difficult to listen to.

Most of the performance is done on a bare stage and the only props are chairs and the occassional downlighter, but Gloria Montesinos’ lighting design creates atmospehere through simplicity.

Flamenco Sin Titulo is an interesting piece of theatre and Ms Pericet dominates the show with her dynamic performance, but it is not always easy listening, however it is still worth seeing just to watch one of the most innovative and compelling performers of Spanish Dance in the world.

Runs until 12th May 2016


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