Text: Sara Arguijo
Photos: Adam Newby
Guitar: Miguel Iglesias. Cante: José Ángel Carmona. Percussion: Agustín Diassera. Violín, guest artist: Bruno Axel – Teatro Central de Sevilla – May 10th, 2016
Patricia of the infinite spaces
How lucky we are that not everything has been invented as the soothsayers of traditional flamenco like to maintain, victims of the worst kind of nostalgia. How lucky, because there are others of us who don't care how many verses about love there have been, and the ways to continue to be moved by new twists. Oh, and what I'm getting at, it isn't often we see a truly surprising dancer such as Patricia Guerrero.
Magnetic, versatile, elegant and expansive, the dancer is no longer a revelation, but a rebel. With astonishing self-assurance and enthusiasm, she stepped on stage to lead the audience through infinite space. A universe of her own, creative and full of possibilities, where she moved with serenity and control, backed up every step of the way by exquisite and carefully planned staging.
It was like seeing different dancers for siguiriyas, soleá por bulería, tangos and in the fantasy on a piece by Bach, because her concept of dance, contemporary and classic flamenco, was subject at every moment to expression. In other words, Guerrero has the ability to create an atmosphere with her dancing, transmitting her intentions, and she has credibility. And although she continues to show her strength, exhibiting brutal technique, fast feet and electrifying choreographies, just as when she started out, now she manages to paralyze the spectator with her gaze, and her infinite arms…what arms!
For this reason some people let out an inevitable deep sigh when she retired to the wings. Followed by a standing ovation.