A lovely babushka with a small child saw us looking at the station map and escorted us from m.Ploshad' Lenina to the concert hall where 'Dreams About Love' was being held. 550r (£11) got us seats at the centre of the front row, though had we known it was just a large hall with plush seats set out, we could have just moved forward. Of the people half-filling the hall, none looked Spanish and we got the impression they were predominantly friends of cast members, rather than flamenco aficionados.
|Russian concert halls - they're just better.|
The show opened with a light display which led onto a Renaissance-style flamenco dance. There was one main dancer throughout, who wore a hooped skirt, clog-like shoes and a white net with pom-poms over her hair. The dance was quite slow and restrained compared to modern flamenco.
The slideshow was pretty poorly operated, but it showed a lot of famous Renaissance art and typical symbols of Spain like oranges and views of Granada as we watched the progression of flamenco styles.
I did not have the shutter speed to capture a still of the whirling Baroque style. The dancer was constantly spinning and winding her arms, dressed in long, black lace.
It did end strangely as the light people came back on and she threw herself dramatically to the ground like a poorly-acted death scene. That could be the heightened tension emphasised by the Baroque movement, or it could just be Russia.
|Opera and dancer whirling large red fans|
|Seville flamenco with a shawl|
|Romantic flamenco - lots of bending and twirling.|