La guitarra, el cante y el baile–Flamenco is the essential Gypsy art, and this curious little video gives us some insight into its essence–on both ends of the emotional scale. Bailaor flamenco, Antonio Canales, is the most recognizable face in this not-quite-four-minute video and, though he doesn’t dance, he steals the show with a sincere display of the emotional underpinnings of his art. Perhaps this video will give you some insight into the reasons that flamenco has become an international phenomenon in recent years. There are more flamenco academies in Japan than in Spain.
P.S. This is one of our favorite videos. You will be moved by it.
Here’s the link to the video: http://youtu.be/FD0RlazkhtU
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And here’s a link to the definitive full-length (1:38-minute) film, Flamenco. Directed by Spanish film maker, Carlos Saura, working with Bertolucci’s prodigious cameraman, Vittorio Storaro, this is a fascinating documentary that admits us into the world of authentic flamenco in the guise of its maximum exponents of the time (1995): http://youtu.be/plRZarZj6JE
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