Pasa Re­views En­tre­fla­menco and Aspen Santa Fe Bal­let

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En­tre­fla­menco Com­pany’s year-round per­for­mance space on Palace Av­enue is a tiny shoe­box of a theater where classes are held dur­ing the off-sea­son, and chairs and ta­bles are set up for their six-night-a-week summer sea­son. The good news is that such an in­ti­mate space lends au­then­tic­ity to the fla­menco ex­pe­ri­ence. An­to­nio Gran­jero and Este­fa­nia Ramirez, com­pany di­rec­tors, clearly set up their to re­sem­ble the spa­ces where they’ve danced in Spain. The bad news is, un­less you sit in the first row, prac­ti­cally on top of the stage, the per­form­ers’ feet are hard to see, which is like go­ing to a rock con­cert dur­ing a power out­age.

Be­yond that an­noy­ance, how­ever, En­tre­fla­menco presents an evening of show­man­ship and flair. There are no cho­rus dancers back­ing up the stars. An­to­nio Gran­jero and Este­fa­nia Ramirez are sea­soned pros, and their guest artist, Lak­shmi Basile (“La Chimi”), is a prize-win­ning Span­ish dancer who founded the dance com­pany Luna Fla­menca. The evening opened with the three dancers cir­cling one an­other on stage like grace­ful box­ers in the ring, and their ap­proach to fla­menco had a sim­i­lar sweaty and blood­thirsty qual­ity.

Gran­jero ac­cented his fi­nale solo with the kind of arm-pump­ing ges­tures one might find on the soc­cer field. His per­for­mance had a ma­cho qual­ity, which was a nice con­trast to the fem­i­nine power on view for most of the evening. Gran­jero stripped away his sport coat and rolled up his sleeves while one foot worked away at rapid-fire tap­ping. Once he got down to busi­ness, soak­ing his shirt and send­ing a spray of sweat around him as he turned, the charisma only seemed to grow more pro­nounced. He is a lifer in fla­menco, and is clearly in his el­e­ment.

The com­pany’s se­cret weapon is the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Gran­jero and Ramirez, who are mar­ried. The

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