Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Presentation of flamenco.

In november 2010 Unesco declared Flamenco as cultural Heritage.
Flamenco is a Spanish dance and music genre, created in Andalusia in the 18th century with Andalusian music and dance as its base. Gypsies created and developed this genre. Andalusia folk songs, dances and the guitar are its main aspects.

Flamenco is also known as cante grande, hondo or jondo. It´s an artistic expression that has its origin in popular celebrations, such as weddings and its characterised by its simple accompaniment.

Singing is performed without music and dance is accompanied by the clapping of hands and stumping of feet. Guitars came into use in the 20th century
Originally words and scripts dealt with private lives and were sang in first person in familiar contexts.
Later, more literary, pretentious and educated rhymes and lyrics were introduced together with rhythms , dances, oriental and Moorish influences ,passion and the tragic and melancholy tone of the gypsy soul gave way to el cante flamenco.
There is a great variety of songs and dances that are all based on basic categories or palos (classified according to rhythm, depth, festive or serious character, geographical origin) which are the following Soleá (bulerías, cantiñas, alegrías…), Seguiriya (cabales, serranas…), Tango (tientos, marianas…), Fandango (rondeña, Huelva, malagueñas, granaínas…) y Petenera.
Like all forms of popular art, flamenco is in a constant state of evolution and recreation.
As a result, there are great varieties of Flamenco today, with influences from South America to mining work, to present day conditions. Flamenco music has very diverse musical forms.

Having said all of this, we are going to try to give you a global image of flamenco in this modest show, starring the students of IES Miguel de Cervantes: Aisha, Ángela y Constanza.
First they’re going to dance a Bulería. Bulería is a style of flamenco song and dance from Jerez, in Cádiz.

Now they’ll dance a tango, which is another style of flamenco song.

                                          ROSA MARIA- CAMARÓN DE LA ISLA

And finally, they’ll dance Sevillanas. Sevillanas are from Seville but they are a popular dance in fairs all over Andalusia.

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