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 Post subject: Re: Eva Yerbabuena
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2002 10:55 pm 
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Two reviews from The Independent.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Hardly a year goes by without some fresh claim being made for the title "Hottest new flamenco talent to come out of Spain". But while it's true that flamenco is enjoying a dramatic renaissance in its home country, centred on the now very hip flamenco clubs in Madrid, it's also true that the acts that get exported are not necessarily the best. A touch of circumspection can be useful when weighing up their various claims. Any act so lacklustre that it needs to be costumed by Giorgio Armani can forget it. And any that claims to be breaking the mould ­ what, again? ­ almost certainly isn't. The first remarkable thing about 31-year-old Eva Yerbabuena is that she makes barely any claims at all. And she, it turns out, is the real tortilla. <P><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/theatre/reviews/story.jsp?story=315280" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A><P>And <P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Eva is no ordinary flamenco show and Eva Yerbabuena is no ordinary flamenco dancer. Some spectators might denounce her as an egotistical control-freak, whose coldness fully matches her adoptive name Yerbabuena – Spanish for "mint".<P>She treats her five supporting dancers like an impersonal corps de ballet for her lengthy solos. And contrary to the traditional spirit of flamenco, she strips them of personality, regimenting them into rigid phalanxes. Even the dialogue between musicians and dancers disappears – the musicians relegated to backing group across the back of the stage and intermittently blotted into darkness by the fancy lighting schemes.<P><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/theatre/reviews/story.jsp?story=315110" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A>


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 Post subject: Re: Eva Yerbabuena
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2002 12:30 am 
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<B>Eva Yerbabuena</B><BR>By AC Grayling for Online Review London<P><BR>Eva Yerbabuena is described as the 'hottest name in flamenco', and the title she gives her programme is "Ballet Flamenco". Her troupe provide the heat, and she provides the ballet; with the result that when her troupe is on stage, the dance is exciting, passionate, heady, proud and imperious – exactly what one expects from flamenco – whereas when she is on stage, going through a series of long, slow, self-indulgent, elaborately arty flamenco-balletic poses, mostly in contradiction to the traditional Spanish music being played with dazzling skill and verve by a small band behind her, interest quickly evaporates. So, Eva Yerbabuena herself was a disappointment, except when she burst into dance proper, and then she was miraculous; but this happened almost too infrequently and too briefly to compensate. <P><A HREF="http://www.onlinereviewlondon.com/eva.html" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A>


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<B>Eva Yerbabuena</B><BR>By Gavin Roebuck for The Stage<P> <BR>One of the foremost exponents of flamenco, Eva Yerbabuena and her company of five dancers give a performance stripped to the bare dance essentials. <P>This is not a narrative, glamorous or overstated flamenco presentation but one with only plain costumes and a respect for flamenco tradition in which the dance form is taken forward. <P>For an audience who appreciate the evolving development of flamenco into an art form rather than folk tradition, her lack of a plot is a strength, which enables the spectators to focus on the dance and rhythms. Valuing the purity of flamenco rhythms and dance lines her performance is sublime and strong, she is restrained rather than exuberant. <P><A HREF="http://www.thestage.co.uk/paper/0229/0205.shtml" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A><BR><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited July 18, 2002).]


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