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    Moderators please is not suitable on this section please move to other.

    Do forum members enjoying Flamenco dances? Just little be maybe too aggressive dance, I do try go little to cynical about that but do anybody thinks is little to sexists oppressive dance but I love to watch it. Is powerful dance. On Arte TV is available to watch.
    http://concert.arte.tv/fr/rocio-moli...-dart-flamenco

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    I love Flamenco and Spanish traditional dance in general. I came to it via classical composers such as Albenez, de Falla etc. who drew on traditional themes for much of their music.

    I'm not going to get into the sexual and social dynamics of Flamenco, it is what it is - a product of its time and place in history. I suggest you relax and enjoy it, I don't think the viewing of Flamenco is going to set back the cause of womens rights or spawn a new generation of Chauvanists.


    Albéniz - Asturias (Leyenda) Orchestral suite - Ballet José Racero
    Originally composed for piano


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    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sLFH01qJT3k

    Flamenco dance (Baile) is perhaps best understood and appreciated if it is experienced within its original and authentic context. That is to say if it is shown with its traditional accompaniment of guitar (Toque) and song (Cante), in a flamenco gathering of aficionados and their guests. As we know, flamenco began with Cante, and only later added Toque and Baile, and while both solo flamenco guitar, and also dance now are performed as standalone arts increasingly separated from the central core of song, the student of flamenco always anchors him/herself in the primacy of Cante. The above video captures a flamenco troupe of professional dancers, singers, and guitarists in performance--for pay, to be sure--but one that shows the three elements of a traditional flamenco juerga at play, with the dance in its role as partner in a trilogy of disciplines. The flamenco selection shown, the palo, is a Tango Gitano.

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    here is my favorite flamenco dancer ever Carmen Amaya


    and here to contribute to a ballet thread Yulia Stepanova in Don Quixote

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    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZFLEoOk8LA

    helenora, I share your enthusiasm for Carmen Amaya. Near the end of her remarkable career, Amaya appeared in the film Los Tarantos with an equally remarkable dancer in her early teens. This amazing dancer, Antonia La Singla, went on to establish her own career as a dancer in the style of Amaya, all the while as a deaf mute! There is little footage of La Singla: here is some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange Magic View Post
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZFLEoOk8LA

    helenora, I share your enthusiasm for Carmen Amaya. Near the end of her remarkable career, Amaya appeared in the film Los Tarantos with an equally remarkable dancer in her early teens. This amazing dancer, Antonia La Singla, went on to establish her own career as a dancer in the style of Amaya, all the while as a deaf mute! There is little footage of La Singla: here is some.
    she is amazing! and really Amaya's style. It's such a pity there are very few footage of both of them. and about Amaya there is only one DVD released dedicated to her life.

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    I can recommend without reservation the book Queen of the Gypsies by flamenco guitarist and historian Paco Sevilla. Paco Sevilla is one of the best popular writers about flamenco, and Queen of the Gypsies, while not only being a very complete biography of Carmen Amaya, is also one of the best histories of traveling troupe flamenco in the first half of the 20th century--you will meet all of the well-known flamenco dancers, guitarists, and singers of that era in this book--it is a must-have for anyone interested in flamenco. Because Sevilla self-published all his books, though, they may be difficult to locate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange Magic View Post
    I can recommend without reservation the book Queen of the Gypsies by flamenco guitarist and historian Paco Sevilla. Paco Sevilla is one of the best popular writers about flamenco, and Queen of the Gypsies, while not only being a very complete biography of Carmen Amaya, is also one of the best histories of traveling troupe flamenco in the first half of the 20th century--you will meet all of the well-known flamenco dancers, guitarists, and singers of that era in this book--it is a must-have for anyone interested in flamenco. Because Sevilla self-published all his books, though, they may be difficult to locate.
    Thank you very much, Strange Magic.I'll try to find it. And first of all I'd like to see her dancing as she is a dancer. it's the same for music. one thing is to read about them ( and it's very important), as music is for listening , so is a dance is for seeing.

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    Have you seen Carlos Saura's film Carmen with Antonio Gades & Laura del Sol? Flamenco meets Bizet!


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    yes, I've seen. I like Carlos Saura's films

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