The passion of Spanish dance will bring some welcome warmth to north Northumberland next week as a group of top flamenco performers appear.
Alnwick Playhouse plays host to Jaleo Flamenco on Tuesday, September 30, at 7.30pm.
The group returns to Britain after three years with their latest new stage show A Compás, brimming over with the intoxicating rhythms, palpable energy and joie de vivre which has become synonymous with the company.
A Compás (in rhythm) charts an evocative musical journey through the diverse flamenco regions of Andalusia in which some of Spain’s finest award-winning artists combine their talents in what is described as ‘a mesmerising tour-de-force to produce a unique spectacle of universal appeal which encapsulates the very essence of flamenco’.
Not only do you get the explosive and technically tricky footwork of the dance moves, but also the vocals and virtuoso guitar playing that make up this most Mediterranean of art forms.
Jaleo Flamenco was formed in 1988 by award-winning artists from Seville and the company first toured outside their native Spain during the autumn of that year.
The performances were received with such enthusiasm that plans for another autumn tour the following year were immediately undertaken.
During August 1991, Britain’s Granada Television spent a week in Seville filming a full-length documentary about Jaleo, shown for the first time on television in February the following year.
The company’s already rigorous touring schedule then became steadily more demanding each year.
Over the past two decades, their innumerable stage performances, television appearances, radio broadcasts, workshops and recordings have made a considerable contribution to the general understanding and appreciation of flamenco, which contains elements of southern Spain’s Moorish past as part of its heritage.
Tickets for the show next Tuesday cost £15.50, £14.50 conc or £16.50 premier and are available from the Playhouse box office in person, online at www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk or on 01665 510785.