Reviews

Reviews

ENTRELAZAR Presented by Flamenkisimo - April 23 2016

"After interval, the group performed four further songs. My highlight was Roshanne Wijeyeratne’s rendition of the song, Sevillanas, and her vibrant performance of the dance, Solea por Bulerias [sic] with the hands, feet and hips in perfect unison to the flamenco rhythm"

THE SOUNDS OF SPAIN Presented by Flamenco Australia

'likely the most professional modern flamenco dancers to grace us... footwork, costumes and music were superseded only by their energy, grace and passion.'

-Rip It Up

'The flamenco artist Roshanne Wijeyeratne is simply impressive with her powerful and confronting moves"

-Radio Adelaide

FLAMENCO FIESTA with Oscar Guzmán @ The Darwin International Guitar Festival

'Fans packed the Darwin Entertainment Centre, thrilling at Roshanne Wijeyeratne's dancing in particular'

-Northern Territory News

WINTER FLAMENCO FIESTA (guest artist for Casa de Flamenco)

'the fiery and passionate Roshanne Wijeyeratne... a riveting solo'

Phil Calaghan, Ausdance

UNA NOCHE DE FLAMENCO (presented by guitarist, Florian)

‘Una Noche De Flamenco was a night of passion – passionate music, dramatic dancing, and haunting singing.’

‘These magnificent local performers transported the audience to somewhere exotic and definitely far away from a cold winter’s night in Adelaide.’

‘[a] magical show’

‘stunning dancing’

‘Flamenco is, by its nature, passionate, and these performers captured passion, love, sex, power, and all the allure that comes with being a confident, knowing woman.’

‘The flamenco dancers…individually and together have impressive performance resumes both here and overseas.’

‘In this performance all the parts were danced by women, showing off both their fabulous footwork and the strength of their upper body moves. The precision required to master some of these dances is incredibly demanding and each one of these dancers was outstanding.’

- Diana Carrol, The Independent Weekly

MUSEO DEL GRITO (presented by Velada Flamenco)

‘'Museo Del Grito' is a mesmerising show…always inventive and dazzling.‘

‘elaborate and dramatic’

‘ambitious'

'bizarre’

‘an air of mystery and sensual intrigue’

‘The first dance is not what we think of as flamenco. The gypsy Solar (Roshane Wijeyeratne) enters the stage bare foot, clenched in orange satin with ankle bells, alluding to the origins of the form. The three other dancers move around her forming sensual gates and fences as they wield their long staffs. 'The Plague Of Sand' demonstrates what continues through the show - the use of a range of dance styles to express the form and render the characters. Modern dance motifs are used in combination with flamenco accompanied by contemporary classical and popular music, including Arvo Part and the Cocteau twins to challenging effect in 'The Mermaid Exhibit'.’

‘Each vignette is imbued with character and symbolism, each dancer in the collective playing out the power, the passion, the complications of women. The use of props aids in this lush production, and it is like no other show Velada have tackled. The magical narrative, conceived by Velada Flamenco member Yasmine Amber gives a dreamlike layer. The costuming is, as ever, used as an elaborate tool whether it be for the flowing Mermaid (Amber) or the trick top which morphs into red silken binds for the Woman at the Station (Amelia Barnes) or the marvellous update on the shawl dance (Holly Markwell).’


- Narelle Walker, db magazine

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'At last - a really good show.'

'Beautifully obscure and enticing.'

'Four acts, each a gorgeous vignette accompianied by stunning dance, each centred on one of the four female flamenco dancers. The (fabulous) oration and backing music lends a dark and mysterious mood to proceedings. And the dancing...oooooooooh.

The first act is stunning, dancers performing their own percussion with 7-foot pole stomping; Yasmine Amber's Mermaid in the second act was breathtakingly beautiful, and the fourth act was simply gob-smacking - ascending to a massively FIERY finale that felt like I was being emotionally battered by the forceful wills of the four dancers.

Oh yes, this was an absolute blinder. One of the shows of the Fringe.'

- Festival Freak, www.festivalfreak.com.au

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‘A feast for the senses, Museo Del Grito (museum of the shout [cry]), artfully intertwines contemporary flamenco, poetry and music into an antiquated, enigmatic tale.’

Museo Del Grito is all style and atmospheric spectacle. But it's also daring. A cross between Moulin Rouge, Edvard Munch's The Scream, Kate Bush's Red Shoes, and a freak show; it's visionary and opulent. Splendid costumes, Yasmine Nicholls' imaginative poetry, stunning choreography by Velada Flamenco and a lively soundtrack perfectly capture the four ghoulish, darkly sensual tales.

For example, The Plague of Sand is an oasis of unbridled spirit and emotion. As the dancer (Roshanne Wijeyeratne) captivates with a Hindu Temple dance, Zavarce tells the story of a woman made of sand. A triad of similarly seductive stories follow. They want to reveal everything but never do. Bizarre, intense and compelling.’

‘An intoxicating style.’

‘Del Grito's sheer mystical artistry can't be ignored.’

- Stephen Davenport, The Independent Weekly

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‘a treat for those who delight in this most expressive of dance forms.’

‘a company of four accomplished dancers who not only have the moves, but the spirit as well.’

’A mix of recorded and live music is a plus.’

- Peter Burdon, The Advertiser

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'A magical realist fusion of Flamenco, Dance, live & recorded music & narration. This intense & multi-layered Fringe Premiere explores themes of identity, time and the myths we create for ourselves. Combining Flamenco with BahratNatyam, & contemporary dance styles, the evocative & poetic narration, supported by the musical score that features both original & pre-recorded compositions, and the costumes and set that are lavish and sparse to great and equal effect, this is one of the most beautiful and engaging productions you will see this Fringe Festival. But it is the precise and physically demanding work from the ensemble of four dancers that drives and underpins this entirely original and well crafted production.’

‘DON'T MISS IT!’

- Dush, Higher Ground, Ms Fit's Guide to what's worth seeing in Adelaide

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SINCOPA (presented by Velada Flamenco)

‘strident rhythms and passionate finesse’

‘a contemporary take on the old dance form’

‘driven by the dance of five women who displayed a balance of sheer power in the rhythms they stamped out and intricate control in quieting the furore.’

‘the pounding feet, the still upper body and the slower, complex fingerwork’

‘the joyous abandon of the dance lifted the mood of the room even further’

‘demonstrating the further evolution of flamenco’

‘[N]ot merely as accompaniment or interlude, 'Pequeno Vals Vienes', incorporating the words of Lorca, saw Alirio Zavarce made the impassioned wail "Este vals, este vals" to a back drop of huge flying embroidered shawls, the wonderful, pained wail of the song nearly lifting the roof.'

- Narelle Walker, db magazine

 

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