Flamenco, Spain’s national dance, enthralls the viewers – the soulful music, the plucking of the guitar, the rythmic beat of the square drum, the melodious music by the tapping of the feet. It is composed a dizzying and alluring mix of singing (cante) and dancing (baile), paired with guitar playing (toque), handclapping (palmas) and finger-snapping (pitos).
I knew I was in for a great night when Dona Elena treated its media guests for a private show of Origen Flamenco held recently at the Power Mac Center in Circuit, Makati.
Comprised of three parts, the hour long showcase featured the phases of a good flamenco show starting with a soulful rendition of music, as inspired by the music of the legendary Paco de Lucia, a famed Flamenco artist, guitarist and composer, presented in a riveting and passionate show as directed by Alberto Marin – before fully seizing the audience’s attention with the
Featuring riveting performances from dancers Cristina Carrasco and Javier Serrano who had the audience attention from the very first minute of their performance down to the very last minute following the two hour show.
The backing musicians led by Alberto Marin himself on the guitars does not disappoint either. The music was passionate – alternating between soulful and festive, so true to the very core of the art of flamenco.
Props goes to Doña Elena, the premiere Mediterranean cooking brand in the Philippines, for bringing Origen Flamenco over. Distributed locally by Fly Ace Marketing, Doña Elena remains the number one olive oil brand in the Philippines. Aside from its line of olive oil which comes in Extra Virgin, Pure and Pomace; the Doña Elena brand also includes capers, anchovies, pastas, whole or pitted olives, and sauces.
The recent Flamenco show was truly one of the best I attended and worth the Monday commute. Thanks to the generosity of Doña Elena and the talent and passion of Origen Flamenco, the flair and taste of Spain was truly alive and well that night.
Here are more photos from the show: