HEADLINE: FLAMENCO WITH A BALLETIC TWIST * * * *
Independent Review, ZoË Andersen - MONTH 2004
HEADLINE: HE (PACO PENA)... HAS A FINE LTRICAL TOUCH... ALONGSIDE HIS KNACK OF PRODUCING FAR MORE NOTES THAN ONE PAIR OF HANDS WOULD SEEM CAPABLE OF PLAYING * * * * *
'...If there’s anything missing from the repertoire of Peña’s Flamenco Dance Company, it probably doesn’t exist.'
The Guardian, Adam Sweeting - May 2004
HEADLINE: FLAMENCO PURE AND SIMPLE, WITHOUT TOURIST FLASHINESS
'It is as if his [Angel Muñoz] spirit is busting through his dancing body, and when he shrugs and grins after nailing a virtuosic set of turns and hurling himself into stillness, the sold-out audience just roars.'
'Both Espino and Muñoz are dancers of such originality and charm, that you can’t get enough of them. Taking a page from the modest, quietly spectacular 62-year old Peña, neither has the flamenco veneer that can, at its worst, descend into inauthenticity...'
'His purity as an artist is real, but that he is much more than the guardian of flamenco is also obvious. In him, and in his hand-picked entourage, we have the future of the form.'
The Vancouver Review, Deborah Meyers - February 2005
HEADLINE: PACO PENA'S QUIET, POWERFUL PEFORMANCE REMAINS AS FRESH AS WHEN HE WAS HERE 12 YEARS AGO
“…Paco Peña’s quiet, powerful performance remains as fresh as when he was here 12 years ago….they [Paco Peña Flamenco ance Company] are second to none.'
The Dominion Post (NZ), Bernie Napp - June 2003
HEADLINE: SUPREMELY, STUNNINGLY, FLAMENCO
“…he [Paco Peña] is one of the concert scene’s true untouchables, a living exponent of the ancient art of flamenco…”
The Adelaide Review, Graham Strahle - July 2003
HEADLINE: A FEAST FOR THE EARS AS WELL AS THE EYES
“…each tour is a kind of report card on the state of flamenco art. We can report that it is as fresh, vital and astonishing as ever...”
The Australian, Jill Sykes - September 1998
“Peña is noted for amazing technical fluency and expressive nuance, but above all for integrating the bravura display into the totally true, spontaneous statement of emation he sees as the heart of flamenco.”
LA Times, John Henken - November 1996