Shall We Dance?

Filmmaker-photographer Carlos Saura revitalized Spanish cinema in the late '60s and early '70s with his politically charged movies that taunted the oppressive regime of the dictator Franco. A legend in his home country and a greatly respected director abroad, he's known for blending stilted reality with the macabre and, often, grotesque surrealism. So what would you expect from a photographic exhibit by a man who dabbles in the bizarre? Some beautiful imagery, actually.

Saura, a photographer before he turned to film, captured the world of flamenco dance and music between 1950 and 2000. (In 1995, he made a documentary about Spanish dance, Flamenco.) His intimate photographs are on exhibit in the new show "Flamenco: Photographs by Carlos Saura" at De Santos Gallery. The snapshots and portraits reveal dancers in their element: studying each other's posture in an expansive studio, enjoying a laugh during rehearsals and immersed in the bliss of the moment during a routine.
Sat., June 10, 6-8 p.m.; June 10-July 10

 
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