We were just about to leave the MFA in Boston, having seen the Hokusai exhibit, checked out the rest of the Japanese section, and viewed some of Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches. We were slowly meandering our way out when I noticed a sign that said “flamenco show.” It turned out it had been rescheduled due to a snowstorm to that very day, in 30 minutes time, and there were still seats left! We are both big flamenco fans, so we took it as a sign that we had to stay and watch.
Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio was actually four people, it turns out. Juanito played the guitar, there was a bassist, a percussionist (who was also the singer and isn’t usually a part of the band- he was covering for the usual person), and a dancer who also did some of the rhythms. It was a new interpretation of the traditional flamenco (as their name would suggest), but they stayed true to the style. There was a great version of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” done flamenco style.
The theatre at the MFA is pretty small, but they did a great job making the best of it. The flamenco dancer managed to put on quite a show even with the limited floorspace. Her feet moved so quickly it was amazing.
At the end, the percussionist/singer joined in on a dance- he was so talented and we would have had no idea since he just played instruments and sang during the rest of the show.
It was a totally unexpected show, but such a good one- well worth extending our visit at the museum.