This NEVER happens!!!! Last weekend, right here in the city of Philadelphia, I actually had to leave one flamenco event early(the phenomenal workshop with Antonio Hidalgo) in order to hustle across town to catch another flamenco event (the Paco Penya show at the Kimmel). I'm telling you, it was heavenly. What a treat.
The workshop was great - In addition to masterfully teaching impeccable technique, Antonio decided to give a piece of choreography to "Rondenyas." He explained that this, along with Verdiales, Fandangos de Lucena (native to Antonio's hometown), Jaberas etc. come from Malaga and are classified as "Cante Abondolaos." The lilt of this palo is extremely catchy and I am still walking around humming it to myself! What pure joy! Hard work that leaves you smiling. Ole!
The show was also a big treat - to see my beloved Arte on the big stage at a packed Kimmel center!I'm so happy that such world-class Flamenco is getting the exposure it deserves among the mainstream theater-going folk. And the show was awesome. High-energy. Pure class.
A flamenco whirlwind, indeed!