Pasa Reviews Entreflamenco and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
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