Dance Review: Los Vivancos - London Coliseum ✭✭✭✭

Los Vivancos
London Coliseum

Tuesday 9th July 2013: On a hot Summer's night in Central London, seven hot male flamenco dancers from Spain graced the stage for a highly fuelled and dazzling performance. With rippling torsos and lightning fast footwork, Los Vivancos ooze passion and macho attitude from every pore. They have fast become one of Spain’s biggest global success stories, dancing up a storm and winning standing ovations from more than a million people to date.

With a programme of different themes, the soundtrack for the evening was awesome, sometimes with haunting strings and solo instrumentalists joining the dancers on stage with a variety of instruments. At times, the dancers played the instruments themselves. To be able to do a fast tapping flamenco whilst playing the flute at the same time is beyond me! Also playing an electric cello whilst suspended between two pieces of truss whilst in the splits is just jaw-dropping.

A number of the dances seemed to tell stories, one in particular reminded me of the recent TV show Dallas (2012) - One dancer in cowboy boots and the other dressed as Zorro, with a dance-off between John Ross Ewing and Christopher Ewing over who could get the oil and the woman! Later in the show all seven dancers had sticks, were blindfolded and it was like a surreal Dick Van Dike meets West Side Story with a bit of Karate Kid thrown in for good measure.

If you get to see this show, don't leave at the first curtain call, as there is one last surprise! You are in for 80 minutes of raw Spanish passion, and the hottest stage around!

Four stars ✭✭✭✭

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