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[crossposted from Polcampaign]

Sometimes I find I have to get away from my constant immersion in politics and current affairs. Perhaps we all need a break and a peek into a culture not our own. For myself, I happen to love flamenco. It is passion personified.

Here I present two dances. The first is my personal favorite dancer, Juana Amaya, who I have seen in person 3 times. This video doesn't do justice to the passion she brings to the stage. Like Janice Joplin did so many years ago, she tears her heart out and throws it to the audience in a gesture of commitment and an offering of love.

This is true traditional Flamenco. The second is Eva Yerbabuena and is a slightly different style. That video is at Polcampaign.

If you didn't like this or thought it inappropriate...well that your business. Sometimes I need a break and a peek into another culture. I'm sure others do as well.

Originally posted to BigDog04 on Wed Mar 25, 2009 at 02:17 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I love flamenco! (4+ / 0-)

    Seeing this, I want to sit down enjoy a good Paella with a bottle or Spanish Rioja.  Afterwards, I think some Pedro de Almodovar films will be in order.  Recommended because I did forget about politics for a while.  Thanks.

  •  Magnifico! (2+ / 0-)
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    Sanuk, MKSinSA

    I love tap, and tho I haven't seen a lot of Flamenco, it's wonderful. Thank you for these excellent performances.

    "If religion is the opiate of the masses, then fundamentalism is the amphetamine." Miz Vittitow

    by MillieNeon on Wed Mar 25, 2009 at 02:30:43 PM PDT

  •  I hated the camera work (0+ / 0-)

    I found it very frustrating to try to watch with all the constant cutting from one camera angle to another.  Wish the person behind the camera had let the dancer do the performance instead of trying to perform with the zoom lever. It reminds me of the film of Lord of the Dance, which I found completely unwatchable for the same reason.

  •  Why you liked the live performance better (0+ / 0-)

    When shooting dance or ice skating for that matter, you need to see the entire picture. "Artistic" camera shifts to the face or feet don't allow you to do that.  A steady camera which allows you to shift your own eyes to what you want to see works much better. I found that as I shifted my eyes to focus on what I wanted to look at, the camera changes made my head spin as my eyes tried to follow what was no longer there. The camera got in my way of trying to concentrate on content, something I could tell from what little I could see that I very much would have liked to have concentrated upon. When filming dancers and athletes, less is more. A longer clip would have either given me a headache or forced me to stop watching.  I know I am not the only one, or even a rare one, to react this way.

    Thanks, however, for even this frustrating look at a wonderful flameco dancer.

    BTW, I thought the musicians were wonderful, not distracting.

  •  I play flamenco guitar for (2+ / 0-)
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    highacidity, MKSinSA

    my Spanish classes.  (I don't play it myself - only a few chords here)  I've found some good stuff on youtube and I play it while they are doing their work or at the end of a class to give them a feel for the culture.

    I may get brave and show them this video.  They are 6th and 7th graders and can be SO judgmental...

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Wed Mar 25, 2009 at 03:16:39 PM PDT

  •  Oh, wow. Blast from the past. (0+ / 0-)

    I had the good fortune to stay for three months in Sevilla, Spain in the seventies with a woman and her toddler daughter. She told me the child was El Chocolate's; that they'd had a passionate fling, although they never married. That was my first exposure to flamenco dancing. I haven't thought about that in almost forty years--but it all came rushing back to me when I saw this diary. Thanks!

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