Day 15 of the Jerez Festival: Pepe Torres, Almudena Serrano, Rafael Campallo, Los Delinqüentes & Tomasito
Joselero’s grandson and Diego el Gastor’s great nephew, dancer Pepe Torres began the last night of the Los Novismos cycle of the XIV edition of the Jerez Festival. Torres’ dance is classic flamenco, without frills, and he has yet to reach his full potential. Torres’ Jerez performance was topped off with the atavistic singing of Luis Moneo and Miguel Lavi.
Performing with Torres was the dancer from El Puerto de Santa Maria Almudena Serrano, who was molded in Matilde Coral’s academy and has developed part of her career in Sevilla. Highly stylized and extremely racial, Serrano surrounded herself with the haunting voices of Miguel Rosendo, El Purga and Galli de Morón.
Rafael Campallo, from Seville, debuted at the Villamarta Theatre with his first full length production “Puente de Triana,” which premiered at the Mont de Marsan Festival last summer. In this show, Campallo directs a corps de ballet made up of four Young dancers: El Choro, Marina, David Pérez and María Moreno. His sister, flamenco dancer Adela Campallo, was also present as a guest dancer. “Puente de Triana” displays the most widely practiced palos in Sevilla’s Triana neighborhood: seguiriya, martinete, tango, soleá de Triana and bulería.
The De La Frontera cycle came to an end with the music of Los Delinqüentes and Tomasito, musicians spawned by the flamenco culture but who have strayed into other musical genres. Los Delinqüentes have created a path between rock and flamenco music that preserves the stylistic flavor of Jerez. Walking that same path is Tomasito, the “Fred Astaire del compás”, that Little boy who once enthralled Spain with modern approach to dancing bulería.