Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A sex symbol in Europe, the young flamenco dancer has appeared, in stubble, on the covers of many glossy magazines. His shows are often the theatrical equivalent of those publications: high production values, multimedia elements, lots of ensemble work, and much stylish and superficial borrowing from contemporary forms. Against this backdrop, “Tiempo Muerto” is something of a return to first principles. There are still smoke machines, but the costumes are simpler, and the focus is more on the musician-dancer conversation. Besides being a heartthrob, Amargo is a strong and charismatic dancer, capable of drawing on his traditional training when he chooses. (Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St. 212-317-4000. Sept. 20 at 8 and Sept. 21 at 3.)

The New Yorker


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