René Heredia and his Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre present Gypsy Flamenco Fire, an evening of live flamenco music and dance, at Hampden Hall at the Englewood Civic Center on Saturday, March 4.
Described by the Denver Post as a “world-renowned virtuoso,” the award-wining Maestro René Heredia mesmerizes crowds as he combines unquestionable genius and sensuous flamenco rhythms.
Hampden Hall is the perfect setting to experience the heritage, traditions and artistic expressions of the Spanish and Gypsy component of the Chicano/Latino community.
In one number, the company performs Farruca, Heredia’s original composition which celebrates the gypsy character with its fiery rhythm accentuated by the Tacon (heel-stomping) and snapping fingers. Sounds of the dancers stomping their heels reverberate through the space as they act out the spirited scene. The performance is a testament to the genius of the award-winning Heredia, who also created the choreography.
In another dance, titled Tientos, La Diana captures the solemn mood of the slow cante jondo in a four-count rhythm first developed by singer Enrique el Mellizo as an expressive variation of the Tangos. With deliberate and unhurried motions, she finesses her shawl expressively, mesmerizing the audience with the dramatic performance.
The entire dance troupe steals the show when they take the stage for a finale, with a flurry of ruffles, polka dots and the occasional glimpse of an ankle. The combination of this legendary guitarist, superb choreography and elegant dancers create a truly exquisite evening.
Info: Saturday, March 4, 7:00 p.m., Hampden Hall at Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Pkwy, Englewood, CO 80110. Tickets, $25 in advance, $30 at the door, Students & Seniors: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, Children 12 and under are free. Tickets and information at ReneHeredia.com or call (303) 722-0054.