With energy and elegance

Flamenco counts as a typical andalucian art form. However on the flip side of this art form made up of singing, dance and instrumental accompaniment, is the result of centuries of cultural evolution.

A deeper part of flamenco, in other words the Indian tradition, is made tangible by the Swiss-Spanish dancer Bettina Castaño and her group 'Pulse of India'. The influence of traditional Indian music on the southern Spanish music came about as a result of the migration of north Indian gypsies across the Orient or North Africa, said Castaño after the performance, whch explains the strong oriental influence on the rhythm and vocals. A sensual pleasure, which was delightedly applauded at the sold out Allensbach Pfarrheim, is created out of cultural archeology.

Castaño, who has been fascinated with flamenco from her childhood, works with a core group of flamenco musicians and two fascinating Indian percussionists. It quickly became clear, that the separation between music and dance is artificial, as the dancer's feet are also an instrument of rhythm that is linked intot the musical network. Castaño delighted the audience from the beginning to the end of the long evening with a perfectly formed choreography that was full of expression, and which guided the musicians. Even the costume supported the body in its rigourous and majestic dance, which was full of energy and elegance despite so much melancholy.

The combination of melancholy, rigourousness and elegance was to be seen above all in David Hornillo's throaty voice. He gave every song the perfect humbleness with carefully prepared interpretation. Last but not least, the guitarrists Mariano Campallo and El Espina should be mentioned – the melodic and harmonious soul of the group, who created the typical, warm sounds for the audience right from the beginning of the performance. Conclusion – 'Pulse of India' brought a fascinating piece of cultural heritage to the Allensbach stage.

"Sensing the music frees the dancing muse."

Bettina Castaño