December 11, 2013
Lo mejor de la Copla! at the Astral TheatreMonday, September 30, 2013
Blend of Spanish music, dance and humour
Besides the language and food, music is arguably the most popular aspect of the rich heritage of Spanish culture embedded in Argentine life, perhaps less strongly now under the influence of many other cultures from all over the world which lent their riches thanks to the power of communication and technology.
Even so, Spanish music has a strong grip on the Argentine soul and there are many places where one can enjoy samples of its performers’ art. The Astral Theatre is the main place and every year at least one important Spanish theatrical group delights its fans with their passionate strains.
This year, the show is aptly called Lo mejor de la Copla!, evidently dedicated to that popular and unique musical genre which appeared in the 18th century and had a tortuous life, full of ups and downs, until the first decades of the 20th century. Although famous writers such as the Marquess of Santillana, Luis de Góngora, Federico García Lorca and other illustrious writers wrote coplas, the songs’ sources originated in the streets, as echoes of what happened in real life, incorporating lascivious, humorous or romantic ditties. This year, the producers who previously brought Viva la Copla! and Fiesta Flamenca are presenting Lo mejor de la Copla! (“The best of Copla!”) which is a collection of copla hits. These were sung in their time and now by such greats like Conchita Piquer, Lola Flores, Miguel de Molina, Sara Montiel, Rocío Jurado, Antonio Cortés and many more.
The present show is a typical mixture of Spanish song, dance and humour, this year assigned to a group of outstanding performers, which is capital for this kind of very demanding repertoire. The company includes five excellent singers who cope brilliantly with their far-from-easy songs. Humour is a bit on the coarse side, but much applauded, sparklingly delivered by Ana Acosta and the 84-year-“young” Gloria Montes, as funny as ever.
The Ballet Clásico Español, led by Alexis Frank offers energy, colour, elegance and sensuousness to the most enjoyable proceedings.