Sunday, November 21, 2010
Flamenco and ballet, same or different?
Flamenco on the other hand, started on the streets with the clapping of the audience to hold the beat for the dancers. From the beginning of flamenco history to today, dancers continue to perform on the side walks of Sevilla and are praised by shouts such as the notorious, "Ole" from audience members. Even in professional performances it is natural for the audience to shout phrases of encouragement to the dancers. Can you imagine someone in the audience of the Boston Ballet watching the Nut Cracker clapping along for the dancers and shouting during the middle of their performance? It seems rude, right? But in flamenco, it's totally acceptable and encouraged.
You will also notice in the painting that in the ballet picture, the musicians are no where to be seen. But, in the flamenco painting the musicians are right near the dancers. One thing I really enjoy about flamenco dancing is that you dance with the guitarist, opposed to performing separately. I love ballet, but i don't like how the dancers very rarely interact with their musicians. In flamenco, a dancer may look at her musician, dance around him/her, and most importantly play off of each others movements. For instance if the guitar speeds up so does the dancer and if the dancer changes her movements the guitarist will play along and change his/her music. Over all, I believe this makes flamenco a much more festive dance than ballet because it is custom for people watching to get excited and involved with the dance.
* On another note, while looking for ballet and flamenco images I began looking at a lot of the beautiful art. I believe it is really special how the art of dance is expressed through the art of painting, and I will be exploring that further in future posts, so keep reading!! :)
Posted by Corrina Roche Cross at 9:08 PM