'Guitar Legend Pena delivers a mind-blowing solo and his troupe of musicians perform equally beautifully.'
The Stage, Katie Phillips - May 2005
HEADLINE: IF YOU ONLY EVER SEE FLAMENCO ONCE IN YOUR LIFE, MAKE IT THIS.
'His shows simply draw together like-minded artists with a view to bringing about a kind of spontaneous combustion, creating an experience each night that’s as fresh for the performers as for the audience....What doesn’t waver is the sense of fierce commitment to flamenco’s life enhancing, life-celebrating values. If you only ever see flamenco once in your life, make it this.'
Independent on Sunday, Jenny Gilbert - April 2006
HEADLINE: AN ENGROSSING, ENJOYABLE EVENING. * * * *
'...The slow accumulation of complexity is so unforced that by the uplifting finale you’re scarcely aware that you’ve been given a whole education in flamenco form and feeling.'
The Guardian, Sanjoy Roy - April 2006
HEADLINE: SPELL BINDING
'The dashing Angel Muñoz is outstanding: he performs an astonishing circle of the stage in tiny, meticulous steps, as if gliding. Peña himself, modest genius of the guitar, bewitches us with the beauty of his solos and the delicacy of a duet with an equal virtuoso on castanets, Charo Espino. All the musical numbers are spellbinding.'
The Times, David Doughil - April 2006
'Watching it was an absolute pleasure.'
Ballet.co.uk, Carole Edrich -April 2006
HEADLINE: WE COULD NOT TEAR OR EYES AWAY
'...Peña makes his guitar recordings and puts together modest, small-scale shows celebrating the power and the glory of flamenco. A Compás which was earning standing ovations at London’s Peacock Theatre last week, is one of his best: serious but seriously entertaining.'
Telegraph on Sunday, Louise Levene - May 2006
HEADLINE: THE MAGIC OF FLAMENCO
'Flamenco guitarist Paco Peña and his dance company played to a packed house that responded with cheers, whistles mid gales of applause to some of the most virtuosic dancing imaginable by Ramon Martinez.'
The West Australian, Neville Cohn - August 2006
HEADLINE: ONE OF THE MOST SENSATIONAL NIGHTS OF DANCE THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN. * * * *
'...Spanish guitarist Paco Peña brings just three dancers and delivers one of the most sensational nights of dance I have ever seen. Angel Munoz was a world star in his teens. Now, at the height of his powers, he is simply riveting.'
The Sunday Express, Jeffrey Taylor - August 2007
'You know it's going to be a great show if Paco Peña is involved - and his Flamenco Dance Company delivered on cue!'
Londondance.com, Shadi Khoroushi - August 2007
'It was a complete flamenco show, where the three aspects of the tradition — singing, dancing and music — were brought together in perfect synchronicity, a symbiosis of call and response, between dancer and guitarist, singer and dancer, and singer and guitarist.'
Music 7 KC, Allan Koay, September 2005
HEADLINE: PEÑA AND HIS TROUPE OF SINGERS, DANCERS AND MUSICIANS EXUDE A POWERFUL MAGNETISM THAT GLEAMS WITH VITALITY.
'...Any show by Peña is a reflection of the rich culture and emotional depths from which flamenco emerged. In his hands (and those of his remarkable troupe), the heartfelt cry of an unaccompanied voice, the eloquent arch of a dancer's spine or the exquisite delicacy of a guitar solo can contain all the spirit - all the duende - of flamenco's mysterious soul.'
The Age (Australian National Press), Jessica Nicholas - September 2005
HEADLINE: 'THE INSISTENT CLARITY OF RHYTHMS FROM EACH PERFORMER IS DELIVERED WITHOUT FALTER'
'...Through soles of feet and palms of hands, deep throat calls and fleet finger-clicks, in a staggering variety of beats, syncopations and dynamics... Their encore brought them right back among us, for a wonderful song from Maria del Mar Fernandez, ending in a hilarity of cross over song and dance that will linger long in the memory.'
The Wellington Post, (New Zealand) August 2005
HEADLINE: FLAMENCO TRIUMPH.
'Paco Peña and his ensemble enthralled the audience at the DFP. A SINGLE word aptly describes Paco Peña’s two-hour performance: ‘Excellante’...The intensity of the music moved in waves of crescendos and decrescendos as the different melodic motifs seamlessly merged from one to the next. It was simply wonderful....The show was not only passionately authentic, but warm with humour and bursting with rhythmic energy... At the end of the evening, it was only expected that Peña and his ensemble received a standing ovation for their accomplished performance.'
The Mallay Mail (Kuala Lumpur), Sharmila Vella - September 2005
HEADLINE: PACO PEÑA'S LATEST FLAMENCO SHOW IS HIS BEST YET
'There were no low points in this superbly executed show...'
The Sunday Mail, Stephen Whittington - September 2005
HEADLINE: THE EXTRAORDINARILY-TALENTED ENSEMBLE KICKED OFF ITS WORLD TO AN ENTHUSIASTIC AND APPRECIATIVE PACKED HOUSE.
'...Two passion-fuelled hours and 12 heart-stopping performances later, it was time to bid farewell to the Spanish troupe. Thunderous applause and foot-stomping reverberated around the venue.'
The Wanneroo Times (Australia), Emila Vranjes - Sept 2005