The daily commotion on Astoria’s workday boulevards is challenged each spring by a different kind of rhythm. It’s the proud, powerful, passionate lure of Flamenco! The American Bolero Dance Company’s 2013 performances led by Gabriela Granados, continue to reinforce their well earned reputation.
At Friday evening’s presentation, a combination of comedy, drama, dazzling dances and guitars opened the hearts of the audience. The banquet hall at 44-01 Broadway (The Chian Federation) was filled with enthusiastic guests. Many enjoyed “tapas”, entrees and beverages.
The first act included a mixture of styles and sounds. The pasodoble featured four proud dancers (Adriana Jacinto, Bernadette Reyes, Debra Anich, Kiri Avelar) dressed in black for their lively “Ay Mi Sombrero” (my hat). The mood was more elegant for Ms.Granados’ “Cordoba”. The next lighthearted “Sevillanas” provided colorfully dressed dancers honoring the Spanish city ofSeville. Then, seven performers on stage supported “Tangos Flamencos”. A Buleria by La Conja was sung in Spanish. Nevertheless, the haunting look in her eyes and the anguish in her voice required no translation.
The final dance in Act I proved to be one of the most intense and overwhelmingly passionate presentations of the evening. Auxi Fernandez, interpreted the style known as “Alegrias” (happiness). Her incredible energy and physically uninhibited movements brought shouts of approval. Her heels pounded gracefully against the stage floor. Her wrists twisted hypnotically. What power!
During intermission, lively conversation at the banquet tables added warmth to an already glowing evening. Could Act II add to the magic? Would the guitarists (Cristian Puig, Basilio Georges, Arturo Martinez) continue their relentless and irresistible beat?
Well, it began with a Fandango featuring Alfonso Cid with Arturo Martinez. Then, “Oil of Ole” provided a hysterical tribute to “Duendes” (goblins). Comedienne Kendall Cornell wearing a clown’s red nose stumbled across the stage shouting fractured Spanish phrases. After her comedic bag of tricks, the Jaleo de cuadro and “Mi Santa” by Aurora Reyes kept the audience hoping for more. Not to be disappointed, Nelida Tirado concluded with her own, magnificent “Solea”.
Although the show has a Spanish flair, their passion and power is universal. No translation is required. There is one more performance in the troupe’s spring series. Call (800) 838-3006 or (718) 392-8888, or (917) 288-7996. Surf to www.ambolero.com. As always, save me a seat on the aisle.