The ‘spirit’ of flamenco

27 June 2015

When he dances, something else moves him – duende, the spirit?

The continuous background dialogue between the singers and the dancers – ‘ole!’, and all the gestures towards each other, are a dance in themselves, a second layer of movement. Even their breathing is connected to the same spirit that moves their bodies and souls.

It isn’t just music and dance – they all live and die there, on stage; they rise and fall, they fail, groan, cry, and try again, intensity over grace, and organic dignity over beauty. Controlled passion throughout.