Local aficionados can count on GALA Hispanic Theatre’s recurring partnership with the Madrid-based conservatory Casa Patas for a glimpse into the creative forces and fresh talent that are shaping contemporary flamenco. Collaboration on Fuego Flamenco IX brought seven young Spanish artists together Thursday in “Templanza” to meld tradition with an updated point of view in a concert that was a visual delight and richly musical.
Director/choreographer José Jurado crafted classic genres into showcases for the rapid-fire footwork and sinuous curves that drove the dancing. He is an elegant performer with a feline smoothness and sense of humor that made the moves he tossed off look easy; partner Isabel Rodríguez — earthy, athletic and a vigorous technician — was a good foil. Their first duets so emphasized individual styling that at times they seemed almost competitive. But that turned around in the “Antaño,” an exquisite, whirling caña featuring a dazzling white shawl that passed between the dancers, which, along with call-and-response footwork, required a more intricate connection and impeccable timing.