Tuesday January 29th 2019
The Cultural Centre (Casa Cultura) Calle Granada, Nerja.
6pm (Doors open at 5pm and tickets only available on the night)
Visitors are most welcome. Entrance €10 (Members of other The Arts Societies €5
Including live music and dancing by Company Antonio Guerra
Sponsored by Dentadanes and Olé Optica

We would like to seduce you, to entice you into the world of Flamenco. Maybe you have often seen flamenco performances but still wonder – where does this music come from, what are its origins? What is Flamenco? Interlacing the performance of a singer, a guitar player and a dancer, the narrator will give us a glimpse into this wonderful passionate world of Flamenco which was added to the list of ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO in 2010.

Andalusia in southern Spain is the heartland of Flamenco. It is an artistic expression fusing song (cante), dance (baile) and musicianship (toque). ‘Cante’ is performed by a seated solo singer. The gamut of feelings and states of mind – grief, joy, tragedy, rejoicing and fear – can be expressed through sincere and expressive lyrics. Flamenco ‘baile’ is a dance of passion, of courtship, expressing a wide range of emotions from sadness to joy. ‘Toque’, the art of guitar playing has long surpassed its original role as an accompaniment. Hand clapping and foot stamping are also employed.

There are more than 50 different rhythms. We will be looking at a few of them in detail. Happy rhythms, like Alegría and Bulería and sad ones like Soleá or Seguirilla; simple ones with a 4 beat like the Tango (the Flamenco Tango, not the Argentinian one!) or the most complicated ones with a 12 beat like the Bulería; rhythms from Cádiz and Jerez, the very heart of the Flamenco, but also others that have been influenced by other cultures like the Fado and Cuban music.

Come and let yourself be seduced into this very passionate world of Flamenco!