The Flamenco World Of Don Quixote

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Following the concert of "The Flamenco World of Don Quixote" made me realize how amazing this parody was with a realistic idea. The performers were dressed in colorful costumes. There were fantastic rhythms, fancy footwork, and swirling skirts all added up to create this wonderful theatrical display. This tale mainly consisted of music, mime, and classical Spanish flamencodances.All the characters were dressed extraordinarily with women wearing veils mixed with a scarf and a skirt of different colors. Don Quixote, on the other hand, outfitted himself like a gentleman wearing a kilt with some old armor. There were groups of children amongst the dancers, who would approach the stage and perform, including Don ...view middle of the document...

He battles, using his trusty sword, with different people and even a lion in each scene.The music being portrayed brought the scenes to life. The music seems to be an integral part of the piece, a major character, in fact. The majority of the women dancersused castanets and their stomping feet to go with the flow of the music. A piano, guitar, banjo, and background soundtracks all blended into each scene as characters using these instruments gave the audience a sense of awe. The floor, the walls, and anything else you can bang became musical instruments. It is a physical and demanding workout for the ensemble. One scene in which a gentleman appears playing the bagpipes got everyone's attention, and the pure sound of him playing sent chills up my spine. The whole play is done in silence and it is all expressed through the sheer use of music and dance.The audience, clad in street clothes and casual wear, seemed to be dazzled from scene to scene. From the "OOO's" and "AHH's" to "Awww, how cute", everyone in the audience was astounded with what comes forth at the end of each song. Several of the scenes were hilarious to the audience, which I didn't find that humorous. In my opinion, I would consider watching the concert again to get a sense of the different phases the audience had gone through. At certain times it seemed they failed to come off the stage and reach out to connect with the audience.Overall, the concert was above average, from the performers actions to the musical attributes. More energy and an infusion of adrenaline would have worked wonders to make this play outstanding. "The Flamenco World of Don Quixote" may be something of a traditional historical curiosity, but it's a lot of fun to watch.

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