Around the world in 80 hand flicks, this crowd pleaser of a show travels from India to Andalucia telling the tale of flamenco’s Indian roots. Smoky chorizo and raspy Spanish vowels infuse the atmosphere even before the performance begins. A sultry voice recounts the tale of the romany of Rajastan as an immaculate Odissi dancer enters the room. The chink-chinking of her ankle adornments demands attention and her dancing eyes mesmerise. Luckily this doesn’t fall into cheap fusion territory. Each dancer retains their style. The arc of the back and the extension of the arm are not mimicked. It is like seeing an echo which tells the story of how a dance can evolve over time and space.
Alba Flamenca, 3-10 Aug, 6.30pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Joanna Gill]