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I am fascinated by the art of flamenco, not so much to exact movements, or the steps... but the pure passion, when it builds and seems to transform into a palpable energy - often it's as if a drama or love story is unfolding in front of your very eyes... there is a sense of tension, holding breath, something impending... but it's wrapped in beauty and the movement is truly hypnotic, enhanced and maintained by the hand clapping... stomping and interjections.
It's never more beautiful than when spontaneous.
The titile ...
El duende is the spirit of evocation. It comes from inside as a physical/emotional response to art. It is what gives you chills, makes you smile or cry as a bodily reaction to an artistic performance that is particularly expressive. Folk music in general, especially flamenco, tends to embody an authenticity that comes from a people whose culture is enriched by diaspora and hardship; vox populi, the human condition of joys and sorrows. Drawing on popular usage and Spanish folklore, Federico García Lorca first developed the aesthetics of Duende in a lecture he gave in Buenos Aires in 1933, "Juego y teoría del duende" ("Play and Theory of the Duende")
According to Christopher Maurer, editor of "In Search of Duende", at least four elements can be isolated in Lorca's vision of duende: irrationality, earthiness, a heightened awareness of death, and a dash of the diabolical.
The duende is an earth spirit who helps the artist see the limitations of intelligence, reminding them that "ants could eat him or that a great arsenic lobster could fall suddenly on his head"; who brings the artist face-to-face with death, and who helps them create and communicate memorable, spine-chilling art.
It really is palpable when you see it live ...
January 25th, 2022
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