Flamenco, the symbol of Spain, originated in Andalucí, Spain.
In Seville, there is a flamenco museum. I learned a lot about flamenco from that museum when I was there two days ago. Flamenco is not just dance, it’s set of performing arts, including dance, singing, guitar. And it’s a result of multicultural interaction among Moors, Jews and Spaniards.
Before I visited Seville and watched a live flamenco show there, I thought it’s just like other dances originated from other Spanish speaking countries, like rumba, chacha, tango; and I thought the style of flamenco should be just as romantic as other Latin dances, but it’s more than that: it expresses the emotions of nostalgia, power, passion, joy etc, even pain. Because the origin of flamenco was the time when the Moors and Jews and other minorities were forced to be converted to catholic faith, and they used the flamenco art to express themselves. It’s so different from ballet, sth from royal root and well-structured, flamenco is something legitimately folkloric.
On Friday, when I watched the show, I can feel the emotions from the singing and the facial expression of the dancers. The singing was raucous, and the rhythm was kinda like the music from Middle East (the multicultural root of flamenco). And the facial expression of the flamenco dancer seems “concerned” or “heavy”, which reflects the painful history of the Moors.
Indeed, when people talk about flamenco, the first thing people could think about is those beautiful female dancers, which may give people the impression that flamenco only had female dancers. In fact, male dancers and their moves are important parts of flamenco as well. During the live show, the male dancers really showed the power of the dance. Also, the female dancer used their skirts and scarves as helping tools. It’s was so beautiful. Flamenco dance really showed the beauty of the female curves.
When people talking about Spanish ladies, maybe the stereotype is those flamenco dancers. Actually, it’s a good stereotype, because for me flamenco really represents Spain and its multicultural background and the dynamic of its culture. Also, I feel like black and red are the colors for flamenco, not only because the dancers always have black hair and wearing red lips sticks, they are also the colors representing the emotions expressed by flamenco.
If you had a chance to visit Spain, 120% recommend you to watch a live flamenco show. That’s an experience beyond words. Last but not least, I was amazed by how much tap dance in flamenco. I kinda wanna compare the tap dance from Ireland and flamenco from Spain.
That is my 2 cents about flamenco dance. Thanks for reading
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