FLAMENCO HISTORY

Flamenco is an ancient art form, whose most pure expression is found in the Andalucia region of Spain. Flamenco embodies passion, improvisation, and complex rhythms and dance forms, and the experience of flamenco can only be fully realized and appreciated by attending a live performance. The music, passion and artistry of the dancers and singers and musicians all combine to create a living mystical connection to what is most human in all of us. Flamenco, even though a traditional art form, has the power to move and transform the most modern of audiences; it is a universal art form.


Flamenco was born in the mixture of cultural influences of Spain, such as the Gypsy cultures and the Moorish heritage of the Iberian Peninsula, but most importantly flamenco is a folk form of the people, the people who work, suffer, and live in the face of adversity and all the challenges life offers. Flamenco can be compared to Jazz, to Gospel, to any number of other indigenous forms where the oppressed create an art form that lifts them up and out of despair and creates transcendence and deep and profound connection with humanity and its tragic and glorious beauty. Each performance combines all these elements with an additional element of surprise and improvisation between dancers, singers and musicians.