Let's Dance

Trip Start Aug 05, 2013
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Trip End Oct 15, 2013


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Flag of Spain  , Madrid,
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The passion filling the room during the first flamenco show I attended is hard to put into words. I only have a single photo, but it was a highlight of our visit to Madrid.

With a small group of about 20 we crammed into a humid basement below the city streets. I wasn't sure what to expect in a flamenco show. I had images of a beautiful woman in a red dress with a big flower in her hair swishing her skirt around with one hand and holding a fan in the other. 

There was no red dress, no flower and no fan. Just a dancer, a musician and a singer on a small stage. The interaction between these three performers captivated the audience while we watched them create a beautiful and artistic performance. 

Both shows I saw, first in Madrid and then in Sevilla, were the style known as "flamenco puro." In this style, the dance is always performed solo and is improvised rather than choreographed. The singer and guitarist take cues from the dancer on where the music and song lyrics will lead.

The performances are known for their emotional intensity, so as I said, it's hard to put into words the intimate feeling in the room. I looked for an example on YouTube to share, and this was the closest I could find.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eQWKA7uirg.


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