Here is a review done by a friend of mine lucky enough to see Sara Baras in person here in Paris. I hadn’t heard of her until yesterday and then, suddenly, her name came up twice. I’m going to try and get to this performance while it is still here.
Review: The first time I experienced a flamenco ballet choreographed and performed by Sara Baras, little did I realize that it would become an addictive holiday-enhancing ritual in Paris, and this year was no exception. Electrifying, mesmerizing, emotion-wrenching: how can so much visceral energy exude from such a slender frame – and in just an hour and a half, a time span that seemed to whiz by much too quickly? The splendor of the ThÃ©Ã¢tre des Champs-Ã‰lysÃ©es is a perfect backdrop to Saraâ€™s troupe of dancers and musicians who work perfectly in synch, delivering a seamless performance. Costumes, lighting, minimal stage decor, all consort as a unit, and as emotions swelled there was little time to think, only feel, leaving the audience almost as breathless as the artists. Besides Ms. Baras, JosÃ© Serrano hands in a hypnotic performance. A huge bravo for giving this classical art form a nouveau twist, worthy of the international stage. Thru Sunday January 11, 2015. Sara Baras, Ballet Flamenco. ThÃ©Ã¢tre des Champs-Ã‰lysÃ©es