Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: Matemáticas de lo Jondo Redux, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter
This rich and authentic show from Charo Cala Flamenco Company evolved out of an admiration for the work of Spanish experimental filmmaker José Val del Omar. Subsequently, images from his film Tríptico Elemental de España appear on a backscreen throughout, and (apparently) aspects of the film are played out through the dance, music and song.
In all honesty, it’s hard to know why they bothered. The visuals do nothing but detract from the amazing real-life talent on stage. But, if you can keep your eyes on the two dancers, two musicians and two singers, Matemáticas de lo Jondo Redux is a genuine flamenco delight.
Charo Cala herself starts off as the main attraction, dancing alone centre stage in a trouser suit. But soon the menfolk around her start to make their presence felt – in particular, fellow dancer Antonio Amaya, whose thundering footwork is almost dizzying.
The music, composed by guitarist Fernando María, is earthy and real, the songs – delivered with a throaty passion by vocalists Niño Gines and Allende – transport us far away from Edinburgh to the flamenco heartland of Seville.
Cala and Amaya take it in turns in the spotlight, with Cala’s change of outfit, to traditional flamenco dresses, giving us a glimpse of those incredibly powerful legs.
But it is the moment when the musicians and singers leave their podium at the side of the stage and join Cala and Amaya out front, that this show really turns up the heat. Guitar, voice, footwork and handclaps come together in a brief but memorable moment and the screen is all but forgotten.
The Just Festival at Central Hall (venue 295a), until 31 August, 8:30pm.
Published in The Scotsman on 29 August 2015
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