The Art of Flamenco

The Art of Flamenco


Flamenco on the Global Stage

Historical, Critical and Theoretical Perspectives

Flamenco on the Global Stage

The language of the body is central to the study of flamenco. From the records of the Inquisition, to 16th century literature, to European travel diaries, the Spanish dancer beguiles and fascinates. The word flamenco evokes the image of a sensuous and rebellious woman--the bailaora --whose movements seduce the audience, only to reject their attention with a stomp of defiance. The dancer's body is an agent of ideological resistance, conveying a conflicting desire for subjectivity and autonomy and implying deeply held ideas about history, national identity, femininity and masculinity. This collection of new essays provides an overview of flamenco scholarship, illuminating flamenco's narrative and chronology and addressing some common misconceptions. The contributors offer fresh perspectives on age-old themes and suggest new paradigms for flamenco as a cultural practice.

Flamenco - All You Wanted to Know

All You Wanted to Know

Flamenco - All You Wanted to Know

This landmark historical text delivers the goods promised in its title. It does not address flamenco dance whatsoever, focusing instead on flamenco song forms with a special chapter devoted to the role of the guitar. Includes Spanish lyrics for dozens of flamenco songs along with English translations and interpretive notes, a glossary of flamenco terminology, plus a recommended bibliography and discography are also provided. Informal in its demeanor, this carefully researched, insightful book will help you develop a deeper appreciation for the flamboyant art of flamenco.

Head Cases

Julia Kristeva on Philosophy and Art in Depressed Times

Head Cases

While philosophy and psychoanalysis privilege language and conceptual distinctions and mistrust the image, the philosopher and psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva recognizes the power of art and the imagination to unblock important sources of meaning. She also appreciates the process through which creative acts counteract and transform feelings of violence and depression. Reviewing Kristeva's corpus, Elaine P. Miller considers the intellectual's "aesthetic idea" and "thought specular" in their capacity to reshape depressive thought on both the individual and cultural level. She revisits Kristeva's reading of Walter Benjamin with reference to melancholic art and the imagination's allegorical structure; her analysis of Byzantine iconoclasm in relation to Freud's psychoanalytic theory of negation and Hegel's dialectical negativity; her understanding of Proust as an exemplary practitioner of sublimation; her rereading of Kant and Arendt in terms of art as an intentional lingering with foreignness; and her argument that forgiveness is both a philosophical and psychoanalytic method of transcending a "stuck" existence. Focusing on specific artworks that illustrate Kristeva's ideas, from ancient Greek tragedy to early photography, contemporary installation art, and film, Miller positions creative acts as a form of "spiritual inoculation" against the violence of our society and its discouragement of thought and reflection.

The Keys to Flamenco Guitar Volume 1

The Keys to Flamenco Guitar Volume 1

The mysteries of the challenging flamenco style are unlocked in this exciting method for guitarists at all levels. Carefully graded examples present every flamenco form, first with basic techniques and then with increased virtuosity. Written in standard notation and tablature, complete with chord diagrams and detailed right-hand instructions. Every example in the book appears on the companion CD.

Songs of the Minotaur

Hybridity and Popular Music in the Era of Globalization : a Comparative Analysis of Rebetika, Tango, Rai, Flamenco, Sardana, and English Urban Folk

Songs of the Minotaur

Providing new analysis, anthropologists, ethnomusicologists, sociologists, and philologists have developed a concept of hybridization that has exceeded the boundaries of their established disciplines. The authors, experts in Argentinian and Italian tango, Algerian rai, Catalonian sardana, Andalusian flamenco and Greek rebetika, focus on transcultural hybridization particularly from an ethnographic perspective. Additional contributors offer important epistemological and methodological interrogations and discuss the macro-structures of the music industry in the global markets.

Between Your Ribs: Love Poems

Between Your Ribs: Love Poems

I love you, darling. The word love, try to replace it . . . eventually you will discover love remains the same . . . It cannot be replaced with any word in our worlds dictionaries. It is a word with a wonderful mixture of all beautiful meanings. It plays the sweetest melodies, rhythms, and the underbelly of their range. Somewhere between stormy passion and haunting despair lies a powerful feeling like no other. Love is a complicated emotion, one that all of us struggle to understand at one time or another. In her first compilation of poetry in English, Palestinian poet Amany Al-Hallaq shares moving, lyrical verse that reveals all the passionate emotions that accompany falling in love. With an honest, relatable style, Al-Hallaq relies on vivid imagery as she takes an unforgettable journey through love, comparing the powerful emotion to a sweet mango, with its seductive taste, smooth skin, and magnificent fragrance. Al-Hallaqs poetry eloquently speaks of love through deviant lust, a luminous smile, and a gentle whisper while positing that through every challenge, true love stands strong and able to withstand any stormproving that no matter what, it really is sweeter than a mango.

Odd Fables and Other Poems

Odd Fables and Other Poems

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America Dreaming and Other Plays

America Dreaming and Other Plays

AMERICA DREAMING is a collection of distinctive plays by playwright Chiori Miyagawa with an introduction by dramaurge Emily Morse that illuminates a unique theatrical vision of how America dreams itself anew.

Carmen's Dance

Carmen's Dance

CARMEN - as the title figure of the opera of the same name, she has become a legend. Her name is synonymous with the self-assured, passionate Spanish woman, love and jealousy, Seville and ultimately with flamenco, which unites great emotions in music, dance and song. Heading away from the beaten tourist track, photographers Tina Deininger and Gerhard Jaugstetter have gone in search of the Carmen myth and have captured the authentic flamenco style in dramatic pictures. Vibrant flamenco guitars, Spanish orchestral works and music from the opera "Carmen" accompany these fascinating images and will take you on art enchanting journey to the roots of Spanish passion.