Pure Flamenco, World Premiere 1985

Ballet Flamenco La Rosa offers many pure flamenco programs that delight the audience with intense music and dance, in a range of rhythms and styles that take one through dramatic, soulful, joyous, sensual and passionate moods with powerful vocals, electrifying footwork, and all of the grace and beauty that has made Flamenco so loved by audiences throughout the world. The excitement of improvisation that is authentic Flamenco will have you screaming 'ole' and clapping with the rhythm.
The art of Flamenco developed in Andalusia, southern Spain, over many centuries. It is a combination of the music and dance of Europe with the influences of Indian, African, Moorish, Gypsy and Jewish music and dance that flourished in the multicultural Spain of the Middle Ages.
The forerunners of the Gypsies, as we know them today, were called Katahaka or Gitan and were travelling minstrels from Sind, just off central India. They eventually migrated to northern India where their dance became heavily influenced by the culture brought there by Moghul rulers. Among other innovations they incorporated the turns and footwork used by Dervishes and Sufis.
The Katahaka evolved into resident singers and dancers of the court and were treated as members of the royal family. The proud stance of Mediterranean men and woman is perhaps a legacy of the Katahaka influence. When they were caught dipping into the coffers and making free with the imperial treasury, they were banished from India and travelled throughout the Middle East and Eastern and Western Europe settling here and there along the way. For those who reached southern Spain the artistic climate of the day was found to be ideally suited to their own form of expression, and their music and dance flourished, taking on new dimensions as they mingled with and influenced the indigenous culture.
The Spanish guitar is derived from the Indian guitar or sitar, singing strings. The Spanish castanets are direct descendant of Katahata Klavos and the peineta (comb), mantilla (lace head veil) and flowers for hair were all traditionally worn by Katahaka women, as were the small curls around their face that are now associated with Spanish dancers. To this day, segments of the Spanish Gypsy population decorate their forehead with a cast mark.
Since the Spanish Gypsies were so largely responsible for the development of Flamenco as an art form, incorporating it into their daily lives and rituals as well as public performances, it is clear that their Indian roots are part of the Flamenco heritage. This can still be seen in many aspects of their music and dance even though other influences have transformed them into a unique form over the centuries.
Flamenco performances include gatherings of family and friends at informal fiestas or juergas, Flamenco clubs, or tablaos and theater performances which may have intricate choreography and/or story ballets.
Flamenco is experiencing a renaissance of popularity as world music grows in scope, and the more commercial Flamenco music groups break into mainstream popular music. Groups like the Gypsy Kings and musicians like Amber Leiber have made Flamenco music part of popular culture. Flamenco itself was born in the multicultural society of Medieval Andaluc쟬 Southern Spain, where Europeans, Arabs, Africans, Gypsies and Jews shared their culture in the Golden Age. During The Spanish Inquisition, it became the music of protest and the hidden expression of persecuted people. It is a living art form that has continued to evolve during the centuries, with influences from popular culture in each new generation, including Middle Eastern, Latin American, African, Indian, and Jazz, among others. Our art form has continued to fascinate writers, poets, composers, choreographers, painters and sculptors through contemporary times. Diverse audiences are attracted to Flamenco, and we consistently attract to loyal following that attends all of our performances as well as new audiences.
Children enjoy Flamenco performances and classes. An ethnic dance form that is a direct expression of human feeling, with its compelling rhythm and strong movement, Flamenco is a good introduction to music and dance for children. Originating in a family environment, it is natural to the art form to include children in all performances. Hispanic parents welcome this opportunity to introduce their children to their cultural heritage and noon-Hispanic parents welcome this opportunity to introduce cultural diversity to their children in a very positive way. There are a growing number of people who are aficionados, students and professional flamenco artists throughout the United States and world-wide, that travel to flamenco events and classes.

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