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This article is from 2010.

Rhythms with Soul

Flamenco may be steeped in tradition, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be contemporary. Choreographer Miguel Vargas first stepped on stage as a young boy, having learned from the old masters growing up in Spain and Venezuela. Now, aged 34, he delivers his own particular style of flamenco.

‘I’ve been very traditional my whole life,’ says Vargas, ‘more so than other people my age, because I always worked with choreographers from another generation. I looked up to them, they inspired me. But you learn it, absorb it, and then express it your own way. My interpretation has always been more contemporary because I don’t feel like people felt 100 years ago.’

With a cast of 20 dancers and musicians, Vargas’ company will deliver Rhythms with Soul, a potted history of flamenco filled with international influences. ‘Wherever I travelled in the world, I would always listen to the music and see dance,’ says Vargas. ‘And all that accumulated unconsciously inside me, until now it has matured and flows out in a natural way.’

New Town Theatre, Freemason’s Hall, 220 0143, 7–29 Aug (not 17) 3.50pm, £11–£13. Previews 5 & 6 Aug, 3.50pm, £7.50.

Rhythms With Soul

  • 4 stars

This fascinating, contemporary interpretation of traditional flamenco rhythms and melodies is a trip from the cradle of flamenco to the present and from the deepest grief to the holiest joy. Recognised as one of the greatest exponents of flamenco, Vargas is joined by eight dancers and eight musicians for a show of pure…

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