Alba Flamenca presents Flamenco Fiesta, a fierce dancer and amazing musicians team up to bring Spanish flare to Edinburgh’s Southside.
The full Andalusian experience
The venue is intimate with a dark setting drawing all your attention to the performers on stage. The set-up is simple not too flashy, adding to the experience’s authenticity.
Guitarist Philip Adie starts the fiesta with a very intricate and impressive guitar solo. He actually has his own solo show at the Fringe and I could see why; very talented indeed. Shortly after he is joined by two male singers who bring passion with a little fun. They sing traditional flamenco songs as Adie strums and picks away. It felt like I was getting the full Andalusian experience.
Now to the dancers. Three lovely ladies stomped, flicked and spun a gorgeous dance in all very different styles. The first dancer brought a soft more fluid style, adding lots of spins and with lovely arms and a gorgeous tendu. The second dancer brought the fiery emotional side, her face showed how completely involved she was with the music; bringing the drama with every swish of her dress and the strong facial expressions. I felt her passion all the way from my seat. The third dancer now with all the drama; she spun and stomped and had brilliant extension of the arms and legs, and an intense look on the face. Absolutely mesmerising!
I felt like I was experiencing a genuine flamenco party. The venue is small, but I think that actually works for this show; you’re right up close and personal you can see the expression, the intensity, the sweat.