Even though her knees are wrecked and she has to sit and watch from a chair: give flamenco dancer La Chana (69 years old) a rhythm and she’ll dance. She can’t help herself. She was “born to dance,” she says. And “the body follows the soul”. La Chana was a phenomenon in the 1960s and 1970s, world famous for her fast footwork and her emotive dancing. Peter Sellers had her dance in his film The Bobo (1967). While all this went on, she was being belittled and beaten by her husband, she relates. Dance was her outlet.
Not that filmmaker Lucija Stojevic portrays this diva as a victim. The drama only features in the flamenco itself – it’s hard to keep your feet still when watching the astounding archival footage. While La Chana does her make-up ahead of her final show, the documentary shows the natural power of a woman who may have taken some hard knocks, but just won’t give up.