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Mario Maya's Flamenco Dance Company.

Dancer-choregrapher Mario Maya has trained his eleven-member company to frame his solo talents. They resemble a class in flamenco dance.

In El Tiempo ("Time") the dancers shifted about the stage in tight unison formations. The men stayed together, as did the women. Rarely did couples emerge, rarely did passion erupt.

To underscore the blandness, they were attired in pastel satin. Where were the bold flamenco patterns? Where were the whipping trains of the women's dresses? Where, too, were the macho men enticing their partners? Was this unison drill really the "new expressive form" mentioned in Maya's program note?

After the recorded music of El Tiempo, it was gratifying to hear the live singing of Pepe el Ecijano and the guitar work of Miguel de Badajoz and Miguel Iglesias. They set the terse atmosphere for a male trio called Ah!. . . Pon Tu Cuerpo a Tierra (Ah! Lay Your Body on the Earth"). Seated, Maya launched into a rhythmic fusillade with his feet while Marco Vargas and Israel Galvin beat their hands against the boxes on which they perched. As the hollow tattoo became more urgent, the dancers sprang to their feet, but it gradually became more apparent that the two young men were reining in their energy. Only Maya danced full out.

A wedding celebration called El Rito ("The Rite") featured Maya as the groom, Rafaela Carrasco as his youthful bride, and the company as friends and family. Here the dichotomy between Maya and his dancers became even more deliberate. Eventually he appeared to be dancing beyond his strength.

The evening's real drama occurred during the curtain calls. As all bowed, two male dancers shot forth for a brief and fiery passage unlike anything they had done all evening. Two women joined them. At the second call, two other men burst into an even more choleric duet. Why were their talents not called upon during the program? Perhaps then the "new expressive form" of Maya's program note might really have taken shape.
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Title Annotation:Joyce Theater, New York, New York
Author:Hering, Doris
Publication:Dance Magazine
Article Type:Dance Review
Date:Jan 1, 1994
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