See It Now: Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana Dancers at NYC's BAM

See It Now: Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana Dancers at NYC's BAM
courtesy of Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana

Founded in 1983, New York’s Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana dance company has performed in more than 71 venues in 26 states over the past 5 seasons. This week, the company is at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where it's in the midst of a six-night run that features two programs and three world premieres.

After seeing the show last night, I would recommend it to anyone interested in flamenco; specifically, where it’s been, where it stands, and where it’s going. It’s a long show – Program A includes six pieces and Program B includes nine – and many, if not all, are successful.

I didn’t care for the Argentine-inspired De Milonga – tango’s unique technical requirements make it almost impossible for dancers of other disciplines to properly execute it; unfortunately, this was no exception – and I found the inclusion of the flute and the saxophone distracting despite the best efforts of the obviously capable musician playing them.

What I loved were three standout pieces that underscore the breadth, joy, and history of flamenco.