Dancer: Tatiana Dedikova
Flamenco is a southern Spanish form of music and dance usually most known for having its roots in Andalusia. Andalusia is a region in southern Spain, and this art form originated in this area.
This style of music is usually performed with the guitar, clapping, the cajón, castanets, and, most iconically, the dances. The peak of this musical movement was in the 18th to 19th centuries.
Though this art originated in Spain, it is associated with the Gypsies of southern Spain, who originated mainly from northern India. Flamenco is not just some unknown art either; it has achieved popularity in places like the United States and, most surprisingly, Japan.
In Spain, there are fewer flamenco academies than in Japan. Japan essentially became the second breeding ground of flamenco.
The Music of Flamenco
Flamenco is a culturally important art passed down by neighbors, family, and friends. Flamenco singing is usually divided into three types. There is “cante chico”, “cante intermedio”, and “cante jondo.”
The singing is packed with emotional feelings, usually bonded with sorrow, suffering, doubt, death, or even happy feelings like humor. The singing in flamenco expresses the emotions in flamenco; it hooks everyone on to the music to get everyone to sing along.
Cante chico, which has a more straightforward rhythm than the other two genres, necessitates considerable technical talent but far less emotional attachment, dealing as it does with comedy and issues like romance, freedom, and liveliness.
The cante intermedio is a combination style that combines aspects of many Spanish musical traditions, particularly the fandango. Like flamenco, fandango usually consists of castanets, guitars, and hand clapping. Fandango is generally a high-energy singing and dancing art, a couple's dance.
Cante jondo, on the other hand, is usually flamenco singing in its most basic form, marked by profound interpretations in which the flamenco singer must portray the song's melancholy emotion. The verses describe a wide range of emotions and suffering. Siguiriyas, tonás, and soleás are examples of this style.
The dancing in flamenco is an essential part of the art, which stages the dancer as the main center of the scene. The dance commands attention and is usually conducted by the iconic and stylish movement of the upper torso, arms, and fingers, generally done by the women participating.
Men, on the other hand, do the footwork of the dancing. The guitarist in the music usually plays to sync the musical rhythm with the dancers' body movements.
That is a very creative way of placing the dance into the musical melody, which allows the viewers to feel the emotion and the passion of the art.