“A Compás: To the Rhythm”
The Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company. 8 p.m. Oct. 10. Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St. N.W., $36-$62. 404-413-9849, www.rialtocenter.org.
By Pierre Ruhe
In Southern Spain, you’re likely to find the timeless folk flamenco dance in unexpected, spontaneous places — a group of Gypsies by a roadside caravan, young Spaniards off in the corner at a bar or at a citywide street fair, often highlighted by a fervently observed (and passionately disputed) performance competition.
Stripped down to its essentials, all it takes is a dancer bursting with emotion, a pair of clapping hands and what the Spaniards call “duende,” a demon spirit that possesses performer and audience alike — the same mythic energy a matador and a bull share during a bullfight.
“Flamenco is not written down but passed down from generation to generation,” guitarist Paco Peña said, “so it continues to allow for new ideas to come into it.”