A Hall of a Dancer

Any street philosophers worth their salt have considered “sense relativity,” the idea that how I see blue might not be how you see blue. The mystery applies to sound as well: B-flat falls somewhere between C-sharp and A, but we'll never know whether it sounds exactly the same to two different individuals. Flamenco Theatre artistic director Carola Zertuche explores this idea in a night of flamenco dance: How do dancers of different eras and sensibilities respond and move to the same note of music? She calls it Una Nota Flamenca, and we call it one of the hottest dance tickets of the season. It includes the homecoming of San Francisco native Cristina Hall, who has lived and performed professionally as a flamenco artist in Seville for nearly a decade. Hall has had to work hard to gain respect in what is often considered a cliquish Spanish dance community; now she's counted as a major player in the world of flamenco. Hall and dancers Manuel Gutierrez and Juan Siddi approach Una Nota from the perspectives of modern, classical, and traditional flamenco dance, to the accompaniment of decidedly nontraditional instrumentation, courtesy of violinist Tregar Otton, pianist Alex Conde, and cellist Jesse Wolff.
Nov. 12-13, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 14, 2 p.m., 2010

 
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