Rocío Molina's Al Fondo Riela

I'm no flamenco connoisseur, but let me tell you, this performance blew me away.

"Al Fondo Riela (Lo Otro del Uno)" features three performers: two guitarists, Óscar Lago and Fran Vinuesa, and one dancer, Rocío Molina. The magic of this performance lies in the equal contribution of the musicians and the dancer. This relationship shone through on stage, and even during the curtain call, it was evident how much they appreciated each other.

Molina is an incredible dancer, showcasing all the key features of flamenco while adding a modern contemporary feel. Through moves that border on contortion, she presents a study of the human form. The simplistic yet dramatic lighting design, featuring projected images and sequences by Antonio Serrano, elevated the performance to a higher art form.

In another section, Molina added a percussive element to the performance with her tap-style zapateo and hand-clapping palmas, executed with mind-blowing precision and speed.

Our guitarists were outstanding. I can't even fathom shaking my hand at the speed they were playing. Each managed to restring without missing a beat. I don't know if I came to listen to the music or watch the dancing, but I loved it all.

This show was reviewed at Sadlers Wells Theatre, London as part of their Flamenco Festival on the 5th June 2024.  Further details on the Festival can be found here: Welcome to Sadler’s Wells (

Review written by Valentine Gale-Sides


Photo credit: Pilar Lozano Iglesias

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