Showcasing the remarkable talents of three of Spain’s best new flamenco artists A3 takes a Spartan stage and lets their skill do the talking. Whether the strong impassioned voice of Obregon, the masterful speed of Rodrigues or the amazing endurance of Coria at no point does this show feel weak.
As a performance it begins slowly and builds through the first half with mixed tempos and an inconsistent feeling. For a while it seems that the three performers are unified only by the song performed and are working quite independently of each other. It is only when Obregon’s otherwise stern visage cracks for a momentary smile that this performance kicks into gear.
The second half of the performance dramatically builds in tempo and elaborateness. Coria takes on a new life as his dancing becomes the centre of attention. His stunning poise and incredible footwork is absolutely riveting. With tremendous spins and dynamic flourishes he wins the crowd and allows the infectious playing of Rodrigues to take root.
Without the presence of Coria this show would be noticeably weaker. While Rodrigues does occasionally win some support from the crowd with his subdued manner when Obregon and Rodrigues have solo’s the crowd is noticeably more passive.
For anyone who has yet to see flamenco performed Flamenco A3 is an excellent first taste. Its concentration on skill over machismo makes it an excellent introduction.