A multi-culti, glitzy take on traditional flamenco

“Fuego,» an explosive show directed by Carmen Mota, is the performance event that 15 talented dancers and five equally talented musicians from Spain will bring to Greece. The spectacle will first go on stage at Thessaloniki’s Dassos Theater, on September 11 and 12, and will then move on to Athens, at the Lycabettus Theater, from September 14 through to 16. The colorful show features some top dancers, striking costumes and breathtaking choreographies in which the seductive solos alternate with the strikingly coordinated group performances. The fascinating production combines the flamenco tradition with landmark music compositions, including Carl Orff’s «Carmina Burana» and «Private Investigation» by the Dire Straits. The performance is divided into two parts: the first consists of an experimental mixture from different cultures, while the second is more personal and focuses mostly on tradition. Artistic director Carmen Mota said she wanted a broader audience to get acquainted with flamenco, without alienating those who are already charmed by the traditional Spanish music. «That is why I created this mix in the choreographies, the sets, the lights and the general concept and staging of the show. I felt free to seize the opportunity to borrow elements from Broadway and Las Vegas shows, with respect to the values that make Spanish dance admirable.»