To know a place better you should absorb into a local culture. Culture of Seville is all about flamenco. No wonder because its motherland of it.
Music of Andalusia includes traditional and modern music, the people and the composed music, and hesitates from flamenco to shake. On the other hand, a certain metrics, melodious and harmonious features consider Andalusian even when is written or executed by musicians from somewhere. But anyway, flamenco, it is probably most characteristic an Andalusian genre of music and the dance generated in the 18th century, but, is based in earlier forms from area. Influence of traditional music and dance of people of Romani or Roma are especially clear. A genre the excellent vocal (flamenco cante), a guitar (a current flamenco), and dance (flamenco baile) covers styles. Fundamental in the history of Andalusian music composers Cristóbal de Morales, Francisco Guerrero, Francisco Correa de Arauxo, Manuel García, Manuel de Falla, Joaquín Turina, and Manuel Castillo.
The show I’ve been last weekend in Museo del baile flamenco was spectacular. It was so called “El baile flamenco” known for its emotional intensity, proud carriage, and expressive use of the arms and rhythmic stamping of the feet. The passionate Spanish woman and man were dancing one by one with beautiful singing of gypsies and playing on guitar and piano on the background.
Incredible energy of motion and passion had mingled in all: in the clatter of boots, creaking strings and burning moan male voices. Even not being so familiar with the whole content of the performance in lyrics or details of production, flamenco show captures your eyes and heart from the first minute. Throughout the action does not let a shiver or from the passions, or the tragedy of what is happening, or the strength of the beauty of emotions go away.
If you look at the Spanish culture through the lens of the traditions of flamenco, is a lot to explain and understand about this country.
Photos by Lena Kilina