A lone man and his guitar sit on a small stage of a lecture theatre as I waited to see what Garcia’s Flamenco Flow had in store for me. I did not know quite what to expect from the modest arrangement. Fortunately, I was absolutely delighted with the performance, which is stunning, simple and modest. It is so refreshing to watch a stripped back show, free of pretensions and artifice, and just witness three talented people who are all superb at their art.
The show is a mix of flamenco music played beautifully on the guitar by Richardo Garcia and inspirational choreography from two of the most skilled and passionate dancers I have ever seen. Garcia takes the audience on an emotional journey and he plays with such ease and natural ability that it as if the guitar is merely a continuation of his body. I have never witnessed such connection with a musical instrument from its player and seen such enjoyment whilst playing. He conveyed a spectrum of emotions – from deep despair contrasted with pure ecstasy – and his infectious energy put a huge grin on the audience’s faces within moments.
This splendid display was echoed perfectly by his two dancers, one male, and one female. From a huge selection of gorgeous costume changes, these two dancers made flamenco look natural and almost easy, despite how hard I could see their feet working and the beads of sweat dripping from their faces; their expressions showed only grace and elegance. The dancers worked so well together, at many points they appeared to move as one being, melting into each other’s movements, perfectly synchronized, without a foot out of line.
The show went from strength to strength as the dancers portrayed stories of love, loss, anguish and happiness. Every dance was new and exciting, constantly leaving the audience wanting more. The show ends with a spectacular finale of castanets and traditional Spanish dress, with the momentum of the music and dance building and the audience eagerly clapping along.I could have asked of nothing more from this show. It’s simple. It’s brilliant. Three people so in tune with each other leave the audience delighted and in awe. Not to be missed.