Cante de las Minas
Legends like Camarón de la Isla, Paco de Lucía, and Antonio Canales have all set foot on the stages of Festival Internacional Cante de las Minas, while others, like Miguel Poveda, have been discovered there. Cante de las Minas is one of the few flamenco festivals which is simultaneously tied to the tradition of its location, championing flamenco styles from the mines of Almería, while also celebrating innovation within the flamenco world.
60 years ago, many Cante de Levante styles were on the verge of disappearing. Then, in 1961, Festival Cante de las Minas was established in La Unión, Murcia, resuscitating these styles and reintroducing them to any flamenco’s vocabulary.
Growing from a cante competition at its origin to now include four categories of contests (singing, guitar, dance, and other musical instruments), Cante de las Minas is considered one of the most important flamenco festivals in the world. After a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, Cante de las Minas is back in full force and in person to celebrate over a half-century of arte. On July 29th, an opening gala honored the 2019 winners, and the festival continues through August 7th- inspiring the flamenco world through its talented participants.
FLAMENCO AND TOURISM
Andalucía es Flamenco
The Junta de Andalucía (Regional Government of Andalusia) just released Andalucía es Flamenco, a star-studded video promoting tourism through the art and culture of flamenco. This beautiful video is another chapter in flamenco’s long and complex relationship with Spanish tourism.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
FROM OUR NEOYORQUINOS SERIES
Interview w/ Xianix Barrera
Last week, we got to chat with Bessie-nominated dancer, choreographer, and teacher Xianix Barrera. If you missed the live interview, watch the recording below to learn about the role of queerness in her work, her experience with The Consorcio Flamenco, parallels between pregnancy and performance, and much more!
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Cristina Hall’s “Boundaries”
Contemporary flamenco dancer Cristina Hall, following her experience living under lockdown in Sevilla, Spain during the pandemic, explores the concept of boundaries in this short dance film shot in a former church.
STREAMING ON AMAZON
Impulso, a film about Rocío Molina
Impulso (2018, dir. Emilio Belmonte) tracks Molina as she creates and performs her show “Caída del Cielo” (2016), while simultaneously painting an intimate portrait of the artist, her artistic process, and her family.
At just 26 years old, Rocío Molina was awarded the Premio Nacional de Danza, Spain’s highest national dance award. At 28, Baryshnikov kneeled before her after one of her shows. Rocío Molina exploded on the flamenco scene and has continued to shape it, offering a contemporary iteration of flamenco which pushes the art to evolve. Impulso (2018, dir. Emilio Belmonte) tracks Molina as she creates and performs her show “Caída del Cielo” (2016), while simultaneously painting an intimate portrait of the artist, her artistic process, and her family.
FROM OUR AFICIÓN SERIES
Did you know?
Did you know that Pastora Pavón is considered one of the most important flamenco singers of the 20th century? In our most recent AFICIÓN class, La Lupi described Pastora Pavón (A.K.A. La Niña de los Peines) as a cantaora muy larga––this means that she sang many types of flamenco palos (styles) magnificently.
WHO WAS PASTORA PAVÓN? (English)
PASTORA PAVÓN DOCUMENTAL (Español)
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