lunes, 4 de enero de 2016

The Origin of Flamenco Dance

Flamenco is an artistic style that consists of inseparable music and dance from the regions of Andalusia, Extremadura and Murcia in Spain. Although there is no absolute evidence about its origin, most historians believe that it was created by the Moorish and evolved later through an intense mixing of cultures: Muslims, Gypsies, Castilians and Jews.

By the end of the 19th century, the “Cafés Cantantes” (Singers’ Cafes) were very popular - the night bars where people could have drinks while enjoying the live music shows. These venues were the forges of flamenco art where firstly appeared professional flamenco singers. Until today, flamenco shows have been kept almost unaltered thanks to these old venues of flamenco dancing in Seville.

From 1920 to 1955, the flamenco shows performed at the Bullrings and Theatres were called “Flamenco Operas”. During those year, flamenco achieved a significant social and commercial success. Since the 50s a great number of anthropological and musicological researches on flamenco have been done while its influence has been extended globally. In 2010 UNESCO declared flamenco one of the Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Today, everyone can enjoy the centuries-old history and culture of this art at a flamenco show.