NEW UPCOMING CLASS!
Flamenco History Class with Estela Zatania
Sunday, August 1st at 12pm EST
The Last Half-Century of Flamenco Evolution zooms in on the last 50 years of the art form, tracking the journey from intimate communities and venues to the world’s stages and right into our hometown dance studios. Who were the major players in this shift? How has the widespread use of video and audio recordings opened the doors for a wider audience? What might the future bring? These questions and more will be addressed during this talk with esteemed flamenco artist and scholar Estela Zatania. Join us to see how we got to where we are today!
The class is in English & a recording will be available for 7 days afterwards.
ON THE GROUND REPORTING FROM
FESTIVAL FLAMENCO ALBUQUERQUE
“Delighted” is the word Eva Encinias, Founding Director of the National Institute of Flamenco (NIF), used to describe the 34th edition of Festival Flamenco Albuquerque. The festival prides itself on bringing the best of the current pulse of flamenco, usually from Spain, and operates as a yearly congregation of US-based flamencos. This year’s iteration of Festival Flamenco Albuquerque, however, was a little different.
With travel still heavily restricted, NIF brought only US and Mexican-based artists to their festival. The result was a renewed sense of community and even deeper appreciation for the art form. After nearly a year and a half of virtual shows and classes, to be in a studio with fellow aficionados and hear the collective sound of tacones was sublime. A feeling of familiarity permeated the halls of Carlisle Gym. On sun-soaked breaks, teachers were reunited with their life-long compañeros. Dance students hugged as they recognized each other from past years or from their hometowns, and although class sizes were limited, determination for survival of the art form emanated from everyone present. The pandemic has threatened flamenco’s sustainability, and the festival served as a celebration and reminder that flamenco isn’t going anywhere.
Indeed, the spirit of flamenco’s resilience filled classrooms and theaters as the festival marched forward throughout the week. Performances included Miami – based Irene “La Chiqui” de Malaga’s show Las Mujeres Que Habitan En Mi, a tribute to the lives a dancer lives and a reconciliation against those she doesn’t; Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles’ channeling the ancestors through Mestizaje Puro; Yjastros’ performance of Gloria Bendita, honoring the legacy of the New Mexico flamenco scene; Caminos Flamencos’ Nuestro Camino, featuring Fanny Ara; and Nino de los Reyes’ Perpetu(Arte) : La Lucha Contra Extinción. The festival also included three nights of tablao performances to a packed house, which felt especially poetic given the closure of iconic flamenco tablaos in Spain.
When asked how the Festival felt this year, Carlos Menchaca ( Yjastros’ Principal Dancer ) said, “It was amazing to bring together these communities in which oftentimes, it’s the distance which has kept us apart.” Flamenco was born out of community and still feels most alive within it. If this reporter had one word to describe what Festival Flamenco Albuquerque felt like this year, it would be gratitude. Gratitude for walking into a darkening theater and seeing seats filled with bodies clapping and shouting OLE for the performers. Gratitude for that feeling of lacing-up your zapatos and having a small but completely present conversation with your classmate in the dressing room. Festival Flamenco Albuquerque 34 came back full – force to remind the world of the power flamenco holds. As the light at the end of the pandemic illuminates the struggles we continue to face, it is art and community that will sustain the human spirit. Flamenco embodies both.
- By Ana María Cornejo Silva
Ana María is a Program Intern for Flamenco Vivo and a flamenco dancer currently getting her B.A. at Stanford University.
FROM OUR FRIENDS
FLAMENCO AT SUMMERSTAGE NYC
Soles of Duende featured in DanceIs! Showcase
Sunday, July 25th 7-8:30pm
Rumsey Playfield in Central Park
Arielle Rosales, Teaching Artist and Artist in Residence at Flamenco Vivo, is performing at SummerStage NYC’s Dance Is! Showcase with her trio Soles of Duende which weaves together tap, flamenco, and kathak.
We interviewed Arielle this past week for our new series Neoyorquinos (New Yorkers) featuring flamenco artists born and raised in NYC. Our favorite excerpt from the interview: “As I play with my own personal style of rhythm as a flamenco dancer, I’m heavily influenced by the music [of the city]––I’m influenced by the rumble of the subway, by the kind of neurotic foot tap I do as a New Yorker while I wait for the bus.” Watch the full interview to learn more about her work and get excited for SummerStage!
FROM SPAIN: NOTABLE NEWS
FLAMENCO ON FIRE FESTIVAL
This year’s theme: What is Flamenco?
This year’s Flamenco on Fire Festival begs the contentious age-old question, “What is flamenco?” The festival, named after a Sabicas album, is based in Navarro, Spain and its 8th season boasts a wide range of guest artists representing both genre-defying and traditional flamenco, including Pepe Habichuela, Niña Pastori, Buika, Pansequito, and many more.
Article in Spanish
FROM OUR AFICIÓN SERIES
Did you know?
Caracolero is a name used to describe anyone who is a fan of the great flamenco singer Manolo Caracol. Born in Seville in 1910, Manolo Caracol is considered one of the greatest singers of his time. His family was famous for bullfighting and flamenco, with Gitano roots that stretch back to El Planeta and Curro Dulce.
At a mere 12 years old, Manolo Caracol won the legendary Concurso de Cante Jondo arranged by Manuel de Falla (Granada, 1922). Throughout his career, he worked with flamenco greats such as La Niña de los Peines, Manuel Torre, El Tenazas de Morón, and spent 10 years performing with the great Lola Flores ( a.k.a Imperio de Jerez, La Faraona, Lola de España ).
In 1963, he opened one of the most emblematic tablaos in flamenco history, Los Canasteros (Madrid, Spain), which featured all of the greatest artist of its time. Manolo Caracol’s legacy continues to this day with singers such as Miguel Poveda, El Pele, and Antonio Reyes all influenced by his artistry.