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 Post subject: Paco Pena's 'A Compas! To the Rhythm'
PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 10:55 pm 
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Preview: Paco Pena, Peacock Theatre, London
The stamp of flamenco greatness
by MICHAEL CHURCH for the Independent

"My mission," he says, "was to help raise flamenco guitar to solo eminence - in the Sixties, it was only considered an accompaniment. It was rough, as were the instruments themselves - the strings rattled, the sound died too soon.

published: 17 April 2006
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by SANJOY ROY for the Financial Times

At the heart of the evening are scenes that dramatically set out the relations between music and dance. In the Alegrías, Martínez evokes a playful spirit simply by moving to music: he grabs beats out of the air in his fists, he rides roughshod over a musical accent, drills a tattoo into the floor. In a duet between Muñoz and Peña on guitar, Muñoz at first simply outlines the pulse; then he begins to mirror more complex patterns in lunges and pivots, and finally he stamps out his own rhythms in the musical gaps. It's like seeing a dancer grow directly out of the music, and then begin to answer back.

published: April 29, 2006
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A Compas - To The Rhythm
By Katie Phillips for The Stage

Paco Pena is the master of no frills, no fuss flamenco. With just three dancers and a strong musical focus, A Compas is a wanderlust tour on a sparse stage, through Arabic, Gypsy and Spanish folk traditions, tracking the roots of flamenco dance and music as they are passed from generation to generation.

The result is a potpourri of Andalusian, Middle Eastern, African and Asian influences blended together in an authentic display. The format is simple - the different dances such as the soleareto, the tango and the buleria with musical interludes.

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