Monday 23 May 2011

Ballet Nacional de Espana Ole!

Hot Spanish Dancing at Norwich Theatre Royal
On the final night of this year's Norfolk and Norwich Festival I attended the Ballet Nacional de Espana performance of Dualia and La Leyenda at Norwich Theatre Royal. This was a splendid way to finish this year's highly successful festival.

Dualia explores the sensuality of looks and caresses through movement and music. Full of colour and the rasping of castanets the Theatre Royal audience were treated to a performance that exuberated with the feelings of Spring and the freshness of youth.

After the interval La Leyenda was performed to the delight of an enthusiastic festival crowd. This the story of famous flamenco star Carmen Amaya who was a true legend. From the slums of Barcelona to the glamour of the American stage in the Thirties and Forties her life was lived out on the stage by the Spanish dance company. Flamenco singing and guitars filled the air as the dancers gave a visual display full of energy.

I'm sure everyone who attended the three performances given by Ballet Nacional de Espana had a brilliant time and were greatly impressed. It's good-bye to this year's Norfolk and Norwich Festival which has left me with lots of fond memories.

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