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Impulso 2017


Distributed by Kimstim, 417 13th Street #2, Brooklyn, New York 11215
Produced by Nicolas Lesoult
Directed by Emilio Belmonte
Streaming, 87 mins

College - General Adult

Date Entered: 04/23/2020

Reviewed by Barb Kundanis, Longmont Public Library, Longmont, CO

This documentary features the work of dancer/choreographer RocĂ­o Molina who, along with her musical accompanists, combines flamenco with improvisation in live performance. Leading up to a new show in Paris, we see the artistic process of how the group prepares and communicates. A framework that is created during rehearsal provides a basic structure.

The film begins with the sound of shoes drumming out the rhythm on the floor. Molina is shown in a blindfold with arm and knee pads while the camera observes her experimental style and dedication to craft. Scenes from other international performances are also highlighted giving context to her career. She is shown collaborating with a more traditional flamenco singer and a dancer who blend old with new and acknowledge the evolution of the art form.

Beautifully photographed, the film is an examination of Molina's commitment and endurance. Dance students will appreciate the attention to detail and the immersion into a dancer's life. This glimpse provides an opportunity for a wider audience to witness a new interpretation of flamenco.