(photo from: It'sNature.org)
(painting by George Owen Wynne Apperley, from OceansBridge.com)
Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca
About Noche Flamenco
most sucessful touring company
formed in 1993, regularly tours the globe
regular seasons in NYC
(note: once seen in NY was brought to Lafayette, LA for this show?!)
critics hail as transcendent & deeply emotional performances
recognized as the most authentic flamenco touring co in the field
bringing to the stage the essence, purity & integrity of one of the world's most complex,
mysterious art forms w/o the use of tricks or gimmicks
all aspects of flamenco are interrelated & given equal weight in the presentation;
dance, song & music - creating a true communal spirit w/in the company...
the heart & soul of flamenco
(see their webpage...http://www.nocheflamenca.net/engindex.php )
January 26, 2011 7:30 pm
"Fiery Footwork. Virtuosic Guitar."
PASA & Chevron presented at Heymann Performing Arts Center
"If they can warm up NY, they can Set Acadiana on Fire"
see webpage link... http://www.pasaonline.org/
PASA = Performing Arts Society of Acadiana
Monday, Jan 24 - Film presentation, UL
Wednesday, Jan 26 - Guitar & Dance masterclass, UL
Wednesday, Jan 26 - Pre-show talk, Heymann
Castanets in hand (not in this performance?!)
Note: arrived early, tried to sit in open area upstairs outside balcony doors
& listen to the speaker with his slide show, just could not hear...
watching slides in the end & noticed the castanets in hands were missing -
curious that when in Spain we had watched a Flamengo show with them,
as well as fans & long ruffled skirts & large black combs in the hair...
all of which I imagine is more traditional than this evenings performance,
where all of these were missing....
painting by Franciso R. Sanchez Clement
Note: I use to have a white ruffled dress like this, my G-ma (bless her ever loving stitchery heart) made me a Flamenca dress out of old white sheets for an Elementary School Class Dance Presentation - I loved that dress, I cannot dance...no matter, I could pretend to my hearts content & did?!
Brief History of Flamenco
...conditions of Andalucian (region in Southern Spain) singer of the past made it inevitable that he/she should dwell on the more tragic aspects of existence...feelings inherent in the cante (song) are universal & timeless...represent a link between past & present.
...strong musical tradition documented from ancient times...thruout centuries Andalucia absorbed peoples of different cultures & backgrounds...As far as flamenco...most significant arrival...15th century...tribes of nomadic Gypsies settled in southern Spain.
Historian Felix Grande writing about life in the 15th, 16th & 17th centuries stated: "...if we do not relate the music...to brutality, repression, hunger, fear, menace, inferiority, resistance & secrecy, then we shall not find the reality of cante flamenco...it is a storm of exasperation & grief."
...earlier records suggest flamenco was at one time unaccompanied, it is hard ...to imagine flamenco w/o a guitar....underlying rhythmic structure...the compas...complex syncopation against the compas, w/the cante being sung almost entirely off the beat & the guitarist maintaining the rhythm, adding further to the syncopation...the singer is at liberty to improvise...guitarist (toque - guitar playing) may not beforehand...
...guitar has an exceptionally long history in Spain...the lute...popular in the rest of Europe...rejected in Spain as a foreign intrusion since it was of Arab origin...(guitar) most suited to the accompaniment of ballads by strumming...lute...picked more delicately...cheaper (guitar) to produce & more robust.
...19th century...2 types of singing in Andalucia...cante gitano of the Gypsies & the cante andaluz...
2 styles together...resulted in the cante flamenco as it has come to us-the end product being...greater than the sum of its parts.
...wail of the cante jondo (deep song) resembles the mournful chant...it't poetry has the existentialist angst & philosophical questioning common in Arabic poetry...the dance...suggests the repetitive key symbol prevalent in Islam, the trance inducing rhythms of Africa...
...establishments appeared...dedicated wholly to the performance of flamenco...known as cafes cantantes, coffee theatres, where refreshment...enjoyed while watching the performance...heyday passed by the 1920's...
Dance has always been associated with flamenco...difficult to imagine this music w/o movement...the raw un-choreographed dances of Andalusian Gypsies...has maintained the art form in its most creative essence...
link to their webpage, to read it for yourselves...