Thursday, June 4, 2015

Beauty, Terror, and the Mysteries of Flamenco -Alibi


Originally published June 4, 2015 via alibi.com


Flamenco is life or death, and the best artists give the impression that they could drop lifeless at the end of a performance with no regrets. It calls to those who are willing to reach deep inside, push through the layers and yank out the squirming bloody core of what it is to be human.

There's also music. And dancing.

Albuquerque is quickly becoming the flamenco capital of the US, and every June the National Institute of Flamenco hosts the Festival Flamenco Internacional—the largest of its kind in the country, with an entire week's worth of performances from some of the biggest names in the genre.

Much of the credit for our city's status as a talent magnet can be given to the National Institute of Flamenco's dance program at UNM.

“In a university you can expose large numbers of people to an art form,” says Professor Eva Encinias-Sandoval, founder of NIF. “There are hundreds of people going in and out of those classes every year. There are people that I taught 30 years ago that now bring their children and grandchildren to study.”

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