I may have been biased in the enchantment I felt as I watched Lisa Perello's All Flamenco Fashion Show at Say Sí's Black Box Theatre due to my experience as a classical dancer and as a student of flamenco. But as I observed the amazement on the faces of those around me, I realized it was not just me; we were all witnessing something truly special. Each aspect of Perello's production was infused with care and talent. From the daring yet elegant gowns and precision and sensuality of the flamenco dancers, to the unrestrained emotion of the live música gitana, it's impossible to say which element was the finest. Perello's designs display an ability to flatter a myriad of body types and ages and show off her willingness to push the boundaries of the traditional flamenco gown. A few pieces, including the tight black-and-white flower and polka dot dress with a splash of coral exuding Miami glam, stood out. A mysterious black and maroon number with a long train accessorized with a short, fitted blazer and top hat was highly flattering and feminine in spite of the obvious masculine toreador inspirations. Another body-hugging cream-and-black item with intricate bronze beading could be a contender for the next trend in wedding dresses. Perello even paid homage to the Indian origins of flamenco with a sari-inspired scarlet and tangerine flamenco gown!
Choreographer Andrea Hernandez did a beautiful job showcasing the designs as well as the skills of the gifted dancers. For the Miami glam dress, Hernandez had lead dancer Monica Moncivais, "La Muneca," exuberantly showing off her footsteps while swirling with ornate hand movements to accentuate the freshness of the dress. For the mysterious outfit with the hat, the dancer/model slowly yet boldly sashayed down the runway with her head down, hand on hat. The soul-stirring compositions by musical director and singer Francisco "Yiyi" Orozco and Lisa Perello's father, guitarist Jose Perello, were the butter lusciously melding dancer and dress in a feast for all to enjoy. This was one of the most inspiring cross-medium artistic collaborations I have seen in a long time and hope to see more of this level of art in San Antonio.