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Lorca's lament opens a festival

Heads up if you happen to be a fan of Hispanic theater, flamenco, Federico Garcia Lorca, attractive performers or all of the aforementioned.

Twist00_elllanto_mdsI caught El llanto, the opening production of the XXIII International Hispanic Theatre Festival, last night.  And though slightly hampered by my less-than-bilingual understanding of Spanish, I thought it was a terrific, even stunning production.  (Here's my Miami Herald review.)

Octubre Teatral, a company from Barcelona, has created a piece inspired by Lorca's 1935 poem Llanto por Ignacio Sanchez Mejias, a lament for a bullfighter killed in the ring. Singer Juana Garcia, pianist Rafael Plana, and dancers Frederic Gomez (that's him in the photo, pretending to be a bull) and Nacho Blanco use the sounds and rhythms of flamenco to tell a striking story.  And it doesn't hurt that the dancing men are (how to put this delicately?) quite hot as well as talented.

The show goes on two more times, Thursday and Friday at 8:30 p.m. in the Carnival Studio Theater at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.  For tickets, call the Arsht at 305-949-6722 or visit the festival's web site.