Warum Flamenco der Seele gut tut

Kraftvoller Tanz, der energisch alle Daseinszustände willkommen heißt: Von Trauer, Verzweiflung, Wut bis hin zu Leichtigkeit und schier unbändiger Lebensfreude bietet der Flamencotanz ein breites Spektrum leidenschaftlichen Erlebens, das dich direkt mit dir selbst verbindet. Wie gut es tut, die Transformation blockierender Energien zu erleben, wissen alle, die diesen Tanz bereits ausprobiert haben. Wie viel inspirierender ist es doch, sich ganz in den Moment fallen zu lassen, anstatt sich immer nur zusammen zu reißen. Wie viel belebender, das auszudrücken, was ist, anstatt nur eine gezähmte Version deiner selbst vorzustellen. Wie viel erhebender, den Geist den anmutigen Formen folgen zu lassen.

Zu den Wurzeln des Tango Flamenco: Mein Videotipp: Triana Pura y Pura (Ricardo Pachón, 2013)

Wenn Du gerade Tango de Triana lernst, dann wirst Du ziemlich wahrscheinlich auf den sogenannten "Tango de Titi" gestoßen sein, vielleicht, ohne es bemerkt zu haben. "Titi" ist ein Sänger aus Triana, sozusagen ein Urgestein des Flamenco Trianas und er hat folgende Strophen gesungen, die später die bekannte Flamencosängerin Esperanza Fernandez vertont hat: "Vienen bajando por las escaleras..." Und da die Person "Titi" diese Strophen gesungen hat, bezieht man sich auf diese als "Tango von Titi" - Tango de Titi. So einfach ist das im Flamenco manchmal. Wie kunstvoll Titi und weitere Sänger Trianas mit Worten und Melodien kokettieren, kannst Du auf youtube in der Dokumentation: Triana pura y pura von 2013 sehen: 
Viel Spaß beim Schauen! Y olé!

Change Is Constant

The good news among some of the rather challenging effects that the pandemic of 2020 has had on each and everyone of us is that change is constant and as such conditions cannot stay the way they are forever. As a consequence judgements on situations such as "This is a positive thing happening to me" or "I want this situation to disappear" are all only contemporary and simply guide you to the next phase of experience. So even if your personal situation feels like a huge blockage keeping you from the things you want to do you can be sure that time will get you onto the other, sunnier side of the street. 


Surely, going to the flamenco studio and dancing freely, sharing with others whenever we feel like it has been lost for a while now and this is a sad thing. Artists however usually do not remain blocked over too long periods of time as they are ready to dive deeply into the present moment and find a way to deeply transform it. Students of flamenco usually are a determined and ambitious folk always looking for ways to get in touch with their teachers or masters. 


Concrete solutions for the organisation of flamenco concerts and dance classes cannot seriously be provided at this very moment. A lot of people have started creating their version of living flamenco during the pandemic, however, demonstrating their capacity to endure. I do not believe in insufficiency or lack neither and as such I am looking forward to the long-term changes that we will be experiencing and that will allow us to celebrate dance and music - now and in the future.

I love dancing Alegrias, too! 

Alegrias is the flamenco palo (style) I enjoy the most, for me it is THE palo embracing everything that is flamenco to me: the dramatic side to life, the joy of being present, the flow of energies, the quieter and sadder tones of life just as the main melody telling you things are good and will remain good and life is a gift! 

I have danced alegrias for many many years now and I do not get tired of hearing it and moving to it, finding new rhythmical patterns, seeing other dancers experimenting with it, loving it, doing it. 


It is a well-known fact that alegria is a palo a lot of dancers enjoy as it is dynamic, offering an easy-to-grasp melody but also comes with a quieter part, the silencio that nicely contrasts with the passionate and rather happy style of the stanzas, or coplas. So, while alegrias are danced relatively fast and allow the dancer to nearly fly over the stage using rather long and wide steps, it also allows space to show and explore some quieter movements making the performance more lyrical or even philosophical. 


I like the fact that the changing dynamic from speedy or lively to quiet and thoughtful is somewhat standing at the heart of a meaningful, rich life: It is just what life is - a changing, developing, mysterious and sometimes frightening thing, that sometimes takes us up, then down... only to take us up again... and so on.


You can dance alegrias smiling or you can add a more dramatic taste to it, which partly depends on how the singer is interpreting the song. Somewhere in the middle of the dance you can show larger and shorter foot parts or any kind of rhythmical parts and bits that spice it up and engage your audience. 


When we finish with the bulerias at the end of an alegria I often experience this as equalling a long exhalation after holding the breath for a while, like a letting go or happy end of something that had to be told with quite a tension and an excitement. People watching usually both get excited and relaxed at this point as this part is often improvised and opens up space for spontaneity and expression. On many occasions, the bulerias rhythm liberates the audience and people feel inspired to start studying alegrias. I fully understand and support that idea for: I love dancing alegrias, too!