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The Spirit of Flamenco

$39.95 Hardcover

Written By:

Nicolasa Chavez

Published By:

Museum of New Mexico, 10/13/2015

Product Details:

191 pages : 11.50 H x 0.75 D x 9.00 W inches 3.10 lbs.

This beautiful book explores the flamenco tradition of music, song, and dance, that began in the caves of Andalusia and was shaped over centuries by a multitude of cultural and regional influences, including Roman, Jewish, Greek, Indian, and Moorish. Flamenco’s introduction to the U.S. in the roaring twenties coincided with a “Spanish craze” and in the 1950’s legendary flamenco stars including the Italian-American flamenco dancer-choreographer José Greco were popular attractions at nightclubs and concert halls in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Not surprisingly, flamenco found a permanent home in New Mexico, a state with a large population of Hispanic residents interested in learning about and preserving traditional and cultural Spanish folk traditions. Prominent flamenco artists emerged including native New Mexican choreographer-dancer María Benítez. Flamenco’s accoutrements—costumes, musicians, instruments and dancers—are part of the story. 86 color illustrations
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