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It speaks to me - A little less than a happy high
komos
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It speaks to me
I can't begin to tell you how much I love flamenco. I know virtually nothing about the art. It's not something I've ever done. It is simply something that I see and am moved. It speaks to me in ways that transcend brilliant musicianship and stomping feets.

And good lord is it hot.

Leaving that aside (ok, maybe not...), I've begun to appreciate the differences between dancers and the ways that they communicate. A couple of years ago, Princess Bing and I saw Juana Amaya at the Wang Center. I remember her performance as one long demonstration of her brilliance. She was a beautiful flurry of color and motion, and she remained untouchable and distant throughout. At times, she even seemed angry, perhaps because for the most part we all sat stunned with our mouths agape. Her performance was explosive and passionate and carried a simple, compelling message: "I am not for you."

This weekend, a few of us saw Belén Maya at the Majestic Theater. The experience was noticeably different, and the difference went beyond hers being a more contemporary program than Amaya's. Belén Maya was much more accessible, and perhaps even flirtatious. Early in the program, this keyed on expectation. As she danced, I kept waiting for her to open up, and the best that she offered was a little tease here and there. When she finally did let go, it carried such a sense of release, but the flirtation remained. A quick turn or a definitive gesture brought everything back to that delicious sense of wanting. It was magnificent.

The performance closed with a much less formal encore. The performers gathered in a semi-circle and one by one stepped forward and improvised as the others cheered and clapped and stomped. These performances were the unexpected gems of the evening, their effect being enticing and (in several cases) openly funny. It felt like it could have been happening on a street in Seville, and they just seemed like they had such fun with it.
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From: couplingchaos Date: February 9th, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I attended a 4-person Flamenco performance at the Majestic Friday night (not the same?), and my god was it breathtaking. Had me wanting to take lessons by the end of it.
komos From: komos Date: February 9th, 2005 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
You saw "The Four Elements." Both were part of the same festival, but they were different performances and performers.

It just makes me wish I was prettier... especially since the lead is 39.
thedeadfisharmy From: thedeadfisharmy Date: February 10th, 2005 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh! We were there too!

(And now for Peter) They had an informal encore at the four elements, too, in more or less the same style-- except they made the musicians try to flamenco. They were mostly terrible, of course, but it somehow was the perfect closer to the show.
komos From: komos Date: February 10th, 2005 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
For F. de Camara, the musicians were a mix of surprisingly good or knowingly goofy. The gems of the encore were the palmeros. They just rocked.
canonfire From: canonfire Date: February 9th, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I guess you, too, have that Latin passion that comes from Roman conquest.
komos From: komos Date: February 9th, 2005 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
"There are some who like both oysters and snails, Antoninus..."

Yeah, I don't know either.
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