That the Flamenco Festival Miami 2012 returns to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) for the fifth time on Friday and Saturday says something about the newfound popularity of Spain’s most famous dancing export. Starting off on the streets of Andalusia, the form was always performance art, as entertainment for both the masses and the royal courts, and from its inception gained a reputation as one of the most fiery expressions of movement and music. None of that has changed, though there is some tension between flamenco puro, or a pure version, and contemporary interpretations. Fortunately, the Flamenco Festival highlights both, and features three of the top international dancers today: Carmen Cortes (a classic dancer), Rafaela Carrasco, and Olga Pericet (who is a fan and follower of the late, great contemporary choreographer Pina Bauch). One 21st century imprint is that the lead dancers are women, a departure from the dance's male-dominated past. Several pieces will also celebrate another Spanish treasure, the poems of Federico Garcia Lorca. Shows start at 8 p.m., tickets range from $25 to $90. Visit arshtcenter.org.
Sat., Feb. 11; March 9-11, 2012