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Dance International
Written by: Lizette Nel
16/02/2011

'Sentimientos' is performed at Pieter Toerien's Montecasino Theatre by La Rosa Spanish Dance Theatre, based in Cape Town. This Spanish dance company is visiting Johannesburg from 15 to 20 February 2011.

Flamenco, essentially, is the structured expression of raw emotions and the dancers together with the musicians take the audience on an emotional journey, from: Fury, to Trapped, to Inner peace, to Turmoil and surrender and... almost too soon it is interval. After interval the journey continues from Sadness to Solitude to Playful to Fear and ends with an explosion of Joy.

There is excellent interaction between the dancers throughout, and they succeed in clearly showing and expressing the different emotions with intensity in their facial expressions, strong and clear hand and arm movements as well as their body language. The whole company dances with total commitment, technical expertise and precision.

One of the highlights of the performance, is definitely the all-male item, HECHO... DESHECHO (attached... detached), performed by the gentlemen of the La Rosa Dance Company. They have power in their feet, their timing is perfect, their precision stunning and the rapport between them is tangible.

To have live music accompaniment is such a bonus!
Musical arrangements are based on beautiful traditional Flamenco songs and the dancers are accompanied by six musicians:

FLAMENCO GUITAR: Bienyameen
CELLO/GUITAR: Robert Jeffery
CAJON: Robert Davids
VIOLIN: Christopher Jeffery
DOUBLE BASE: Brydon Bolton

The music accompaniment is further enhanced by the voice of talented flamenco singer, Lorean Swartz and one of the highlights of the performance is the musical interlude featuring this cantaora.
Throughout the performance, the dancers and musicians enhance each other's talent.

Costumes are simple, yet effective, making use of the trendy layered look by using different bodices, lace tops and broad belts for the different scenes and of course beautiful shawls, which together with swirling skirts, add to the movement.

The artistic director, Carolyn Holden said: "For me. this production is about being true to the Flamenco form in terms of giving the performers a platform from which to interrogate their own emotional connection to each piece and to express this." With her skilled guidance the dancers do not only perform a series of steps, but in a mature way capture the depth of emotion.

La Rosa was founded in 1990 as a platform for students of Spanish dance to perform their chosen art form on a regular basis and at a professional level.

To learn more about the La Rosa Spanish dance company and Spanish dance school, visit their website:

www.larosa.co.za

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