You Don't Want to Miss the Flamenco Festival at New York City Center

Jesús Carmona

The best flamenco dancers in Spain have gathered in New York City this weekend as New York City Center hosts the 2017 Flamenco Festival, March 9–12. For the first three days, participants can see world-class dancers and musicians perform classic flamenco in Gala Flamenca. On March 12, avant-garde flamenco dancer Olga Pericet, known for her contemporary approach to Spanish dance, performs a world premiere, Pisadas.

Here are 3 reasons why you don't want to miss it:

  1. Jesús Carmona: As the only male flamenco dancer in the show, Carmona ignites the stage with technical precision and Baryshnikov-like charisma. I couldn't take my eyes off him.
  2. Olga Pericet and her castanets: Petite powerhouse Olga Pericet proves that her fingers are just as adept as her feet in a mindboggling musical solo with castanets.
  3. The music: The four singers, two guitarists and one drummer who accompany the dancers take passion to new heights, providing the perfect give-and-take with the dancers' stomps, scuffs and claps.

For more info, visit: nycitycenter.org.

Olga Pericet premieres Pisadas on March 12.

Photos (from top): by Marcos Punto; by Javier Fergo, both courtesy of New York City Center

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