Jerez Festiva Olga Pericet: Rosa, Metal, Ceniza

Olga Pericet is tiny like many flamenco female dancers  (this week I have spoken to   Belen Maya, Rocio Molina, Fuensanta la Moneta  and they are all small bundles of energy).  Molina’s show was the most sensual of this festival with beauty at its very core.  Jesús Fernandez was a  perfect foil using contemporary dance moves as much as flamenco.  Each dance was exquisite with much humour, notably the barefoot opening with castanets when Pericet wearing a skewed frilled costume  turned flamenco and herself upside down. The culmination a soleá for which she was dressed like a black swan in fine bata de cola was thrilling. A kind of subdued erotisim permeated the whole show which was framed by poetry in tune with its Ovid’s Metamorphosis theme, opening  with tributes to her home city through Marchena’s Romance a Cordoba and Albeníz’ Cordoba. Marchena’s La rosa saw her dance a beautiful milonga, then a fabuous cantiñas with José Angel Carmona on guitar. Each piece had its’ breathtaking moment and one left the theatre feeling emotionally rejuvenated.

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About Jan Fairley

I am an experienced and passionate ethnomusicologist working as an arts and music journalist and broadcaster, writer and editor as well as researcher, lecturer, radio presenter and producer. I have a breadth of organising experience at home and abroad. I am a fluent Spanish speaker. I love travelling and have worked abroad (notably Chile 1971-3 and again in 1994) and researched in Cuba, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Finland.
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One Response to Jerez Festiva Olga Pericet: Rosa, Metal, Ceniza

  1. Mahesh Mehta says:

    Had an oppuurtunity to see Olga in Granada. The show was breath taking and one like you say one left the theatre feeling emotionally rejuvenated.

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