FLAMENCO... love-rivalry in dance of passion.


Rego Park (New York), United States

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That night I was lucky, my spanish friends invited me to see (as they said) “real” flamenco. I heard a lot about it before but never saw in reality… and of course, I didn’t understand what means the adjective “real”… As I knew, everyone can see flamenco show in almost any city in Spain and also in different countries, even in USA…

I’ve been a little bit educated because it was one of my wishes regarding my Spanish journey. I red some books about this dance and special music and even found some information on internet. Let me share it with you my “grateful” reader…

Flamenco’s origins are a subject of much debate because it has only been documented for the past two hundred years, and the word Flamenco, which applies to the song, the dance and the guitar, did not come into use until the 18th century. Much of what we know before this time comes from stories that have been passed down through families, in a similar way to the flamenco song itself. Although many of the details of the development of flamenco are lost in history, it is certain that it originated in Andalusia and that from the VIII to the XV centuries, when Spain was under moorish domination, their music and musical instruments were modified and adapted by christians and sephardic jews, and later by gipsies becoming a hybrid music separate from the musical forms which created it…
Between 1765 and 1860, the first Flamenco-schools were created in Cadiz, Jerez de la Frontera and Triana (Seville). In this epoch Flamenco dance started to have its firm position in the ballrooms. Early Flamenco seems to have been purely vocal, accompanied only by rhythmical clapping of hands, toque de palmas. It was left to dedicated composers, as Julián Arcas, to introduce guitar playing.
During its Golden Age (1869-1910) Flamenco was developed in the epoch’s numerous music cafés to its definitive form. Also the more serious forms expressing deep feelings (cante jondo) date from then. Flamenco dance arrived to its climax, being the major attraction for the public of those cafés. Guitar players featuring the dancers increasingly gained a reputation…
1955 started a sort of Flamenco Renaissance, with the great performer Antonio Mairena being its key figure. Outstanding dancers and soloists soon made their way out of the small tablaos, successors to the early cafés castanets, to the great theatres and concert houses. It was now that guitar players acquired a great protagonism, and their playing arrived to maturity…

So… at that night my friends brought me into small Tablao Albyzin located in old district with the same name. The room was drawn in darkness and only breath of my neighbors broke the silence… I heard the sounds of guitar… Four female dancers appeared under spot of light on the small stage and accompanied by enchanting singing the magic began. Each woman performed her personal dance one by one under palm clapping repeating rhythm of the song. It was so emotional that I lost myself very soon and spiritually participated in that show. I was feeling myself not outside as a spectator but within all that. Pretty soon I understood the real issue of the show – the love-rivalry, the fight of some women for love of one man, who performed his dance later. Plastic and rhythmics of all dancers were fantastic and finally I understood what means “real” flamenco… If you ask me, my “grateful” reader, how well I slept after that show I have to confess… I didn’t sleep that night at all.

This music is exactly from that place www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDGNigdiZ0w
Just listen…

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