Every country has its own dances and traditions, the way of representing itself on a stage. But further than representing a region, one dance seems to be some sort of conjunction of moments and steps that surpass mere performance. And so, if we realize, history goes through a dance since its very beginning or since the first times that it was tried to be performed, proposed or dared to be dance. Anyway, the regional character of every dance is present in the staging of dance. The details of that way of life of a population can in some way be portrayed in a specific dance, jump above all the rest with a little hip movement and a hand in the air: the identity that is formed from the dance itself.
You don’t have to think about it too much to remember that flamenco is probably the dance that most relates to Spain. It is, undoubtedly, a dance that has gone around the world and that thousands of professionals and fans practice with fervor and joy. Flamenco condenses, in the spirit of its sound, a grave melancholy that moves, a sensuality that culminates in a voice and rhythm, in the clapping that echo during one step and the other, the shoes dialoguing with the floor in a constant recognition of time that is made with the clash of the sole and the floor. The sensuality of singing and body combine, as well as a histrionic load dose.
Flamenco was undoubtedly born in Andalucía and it has been influenced and has evolved from the gypsy and Sephardic dances. Considered intangible heritage by UNESCO, this important dance is still conquering fans all over the world. Equally, despite that flamenco is still a traditional dance, at present it explores new branches and representation techniques; it is known that its musicians have a knowledge of jazz among other genres and also that the dancers have undergone courses of performing art and ballet. It’s more frequent, also at present, to see flamenco sessions on the street and, of course, in Barcelona, where one can get closer and get to know more on these rhythms. Due to all of this interest, also, they celebrate the De Cajón! Festival, that is ongoing until the 29th of March.
This sixth edition of the De Cajón! Festival has four unmissable dates if you’re in Barcelona and you want to see four fabulous performers of this art. On the 22nd of December they present the great Estrella Morente; on Saturday the 11th of February there will be José Mercé; on the first Thursday of March there’ll be Los Evangelistas and on Thursday the 29th of March, to close the festival, Miguel Poveda. Book your tickets in advance.