Edad de Oro

Thursday Jun 13, 2013

203 Cornell Dr NE
UNM Main Campus
(Popejoy Hall)
Albuquerque, NM 87122





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Israel Galván y Compañía perform as part of the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque.

In flamenco, as in all arts, historians, specialists and critics define reference periods. The period in flamenco history called ‘La Edad de Oro,’ The Golden Age, corresponds to the period at the end of the 19th century through the third decade of the 20th century. During the Golden Age, flamenco singing and dancing were of particular importance. Desired aesthetics were established that would guide the movement of flamenco through its development. Based on these standards, few if any singers or dancers today would meet the expectation of quality, purity, beauty and creativity established by those who were true champions of this era. Since the period of the Golden Age, there has been a decline in the formality of flamenco; simplifying, blending and diluting flamenco has arguably impoverished flamenco in the process. Flamenco has also suffered a loss of content and a waning in the sense and spirit that animate this art.In “Edad de Oro” three masters come together to pay homage to the Golden Age, aligning their performance to the qualities that are truly “Golden” and ignoring the constraints of “Age.” Tomás de Perrate, the unparalleled singer from the notorious flamenco neighborhood of Utrera treasures and is uniquely capable of interpreting the singings of the Golden Age; Alfredo Lagos, a guitarist from Jerez, the birth town of flamenco, supports and ties together the dance and song with his melody, rhythm and sensitivity; and dancer Israel Galván exhibits “Gold” on stage, revealed through Galván’s dance and inimitable persona for audiences to enjoy and remember.


See also: Culture Shock

Dance dance la revolución

If you notice this week that the city seems to be overrun by extremely fit folks who speak Spanish with a lisp, you’re not imagining things. For over a quarter century, Festival Flamenco Internacional has been attracting a national and international mix of flamenco dancers, musicians and fans to Albuquerque for a weeklong celebration that includes performances, lectures and workshops. Want to brush up on your castanet technique? Or get a handle on flamenco-specific Spanish vocabulary? Check out the festival’s massive list of educational offerings. But leave yourself plenty of time to take in the star of the show—the gorgeous, difficult, rhythmic flamenco dance itself. Featured artists this year include Karime Amaya, Israel Galván, Marco Flores and Iván Vargas, all exploring the range of human emotion through the stylized movement of their highly trained bodies. Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque 2013 unfolds June 10-15 at sites throughout the city. Tickets run $20 to $90; New Mexico Passes provide a package option at 30 percent off general pricing and are available exclusively to residents. Visit ffi26.org or call 242-7600 to get in on this one-of-a-kind event.

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