Impressions From The Kennedy Center- PostClassical Ensemble --"Iberian Mystics: The Confluence of Faiths"
Sonia Olla, Flamenco Dancer, Transcends with Radiance
Date: March 11, 2015
PostClassical Ensemble: 18 musicians
Dancer: Sonia Olla
Soprano: Mariana Mihai-Zoeter
Flamenco Singers: Ismael de La Rosa, Ismael Fernández.
Guitarist: Ricardo Marlow
Pianist: Pedro Carbone
Video Artist: Peter Bogdanoff
Reader: Luz Nicolas
Host: Clark Young
Internationally renowned, Olla has all the technical precision and grace of the best Flamenco dancers. But, she sets herself apart by doing what so few visibly do: she listens. Her dance is as much an erotic affirmation of the “cante,” (song), as it is startling for its range. A relaxed voluptuary, she pulls at the lush fabric on her hips waiting for the singer to complete his phrase before making her own galvanizing, percussive response. Her “Solea" transmits love, a love of being fully alive, acutely alert, while savoring every snap of electricity. At the close of this brief solo, the entire audience jumped to their feet.
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The PostClassical Ensemble played Federico Garcia Lorca’s musical adaptation of “Las Morillas de Jaen,” featuring Ismael Fernández. singing with exquisite delicacy. “El Amor Brujo” followed, bringing Olla back to perform “Danza del Terror” and “Danza del fin del dia.” Her presence was more womanly than wild, i.e., more El Amor (love), then Brujo (bewitched.) Her footwork complemented, never over-running the score performed by the Ensemble under the direction of Angel Gil-Ordonez, whose hands are also remarkably supple.
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