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Sara de Luis garnishes Seattle Opera's 'Don Quixote' with classic Spanish dance. Sunday 13, Feb. 2011

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By Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times arts writer

Dancer Raúl Salcedo, left, and choreographer Sara de Luis. "A Spanish dancer's body is a percussion instrument," said de Luis. " ... The energy is rhythmical, the energy is physical, the energy is audible. ... "
De Luis was choreographer for Seattle Opera's productions of "La Traviata" (1980, 2009) and "Carmen" (1982, 1987, 2003). Since 1986, she has been on faculty at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, conducting several Spanish dance workshops each year. In "Don Quixote," she says, the opera chorus will join in some movement. But the bona fide Spanish dancing will be done by de Luis and her four male dancers, including veteran Mexican flamenco star Raúl Salcedo. Their work will be closely woven into the narrative arc of the opera, at the behest of stage director Linda Brovsky.
While Salcedo and de Luis will be revisiting deeply familiar dance territory, the three local hires, Ross Cornell, Kyle Johnson and Demetrius Tabron, come from disciplines that range from modern dance to musical theater. Their task is to pick up the Spanish dance style — and pick it up quickly. ("You can't look like a modern dancer and you can't look like a ballet dancer," de Luis says.)

Michael Upchurch: mupchurch@seattletimes.com
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