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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Dance review: Fallen from Heaven (Caida del Cielo) is a bold reimaging of flamenco

While a bold and ground-breaking reimagining of the flamenco art form, traditionalists will not be disappointed.

Compañía Rocío Molina’s Fallen from Heaven (Caida del Cielo) is a  90-minute flamenco extravaganza that was both astounding and exhilarating. From the outset, it became evident that this was not your abuelita’s flamenco; it was a bold and ground-breaking reimagining of the art form.

For traditionalists who love flamenco’s timeless essence, Fallen from Heaven did not disappoint. While it provided ample moments to savour the classic elements of flamenco, the performance also offered a reimagining of flamenco that married the traditional with innovation.

Fallen from Heaven is a profound journey through womanhood and its myriad stereotypes, presenting the female archetypes in a mesmerizing and thought-provoking manner. The narrative unfolded with such grace and intensity that it was impossible not to be drawn into its emotional depths.

Fallen from Heaven (Caída del Cielo)
Fallen from Heaven is a profound journey through womanhood and its myriad stereotypes.

A rich and diverse soundscape complemented the visual spectacle of the performance in a delightful fusion of tradition, blending vocals, acoustic guitar, and handclapping while seamlessly incorporating electric guitars and a complete drum kit for moments of rock, punk, and even heavy metal. Rocío Molina’s exceptional footwork was visually captivating and a treat for the ears, showcasing her remarkable rhythmic prowess. Vocalist Kiko Peña was nothing short of impressive.

Offering a feast for the senses, combining choreography, a diverse musical palette, and a powerful exploration of femininity and societal expectations,  Fallen from Heaven is a testament to the boundless creativity and artistry of Rocío Molina and her company, leaving a lasting impression.

Fallen from Heaven (Caida del Cielo) continues at SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre until September 30. Visit dancehouse.ca for tickets and information.

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