WELCOME waves of Latin heat signal the start of a new era for a central Sheffield stage this weekend.
The Montgomery Theatre has been used by the arts community since the 1930s for drama, opera and music productions.
And with plans to bolster its future as a major events venue and creative centre, Flamenco Express arrive on Saturday to put the place through its paces.
An internationally renowned flamenco company with dancers and musicians from Madrid and London, they are bringing their high-calibre flamenco to Sheffield for the first time, in association with Danceworks.
Choreographer director La Joaquina and guitarist co-founder Chris Clavo will be joined by flautist and singer Lina León and dancers Jorge Muelas and Jose Merino.
“The policy is simply to obtain the best flamenco performers, give them total artistic freedom, and present them to international audiences,” says promoter Caitlin Smith
“The theatre is ideal for the show, creating the atmosphere of an Andalucian flamenco tablao (café) allowing the audience to feel the spirit of Andalucia in the heart of Sheffield.”
Close to central Sheffield’s established creative arts and theatre scene, the Montgomery is looking ahead.
“There is a need to fill the gap of a mid-scale programming theatre which Sheffield lacks at the moment,” adds Caitlin. “The vision for its future will be to ignite public awareness of a well-equipped historic theatre space in the heart of Sheffield.”