Paco Pena

The Lowry, 21 November 2012

Paco Pena

You got shimmering movement, a kaleidoscopic explosion of limbs, spectacular dance.

The music was all Spanish guitars and African drums.  This kind of Flamenco dance, serpentine and seductive though it is, has also a martial (or maybe a matador) quality.

It is as though the dancers are on a battlefield or are otherwise imperiled.  Glancing from side to side, moving speedily all about, advancing suddenly forward: it is a fierce spectacle and very exciting to watch.  And the bodily rotation serves as well to sculpt the dancer in the landscape – for you see them from all angles – creating a Piero effect.

A fantastic show.