The flamenco palo, that is.
Some palos (flamenco rhythms) get all the attention: Solea, Bulerias, Alegrias, Solea por Bulerias, Tangos, Tientos, Siguirilla, Guajira, Taranto. But there are so many more that continually vie for my attention, like Romance.
Romance is in the Solea family, so it has a 12 count and has many of the same chords and melodies as Solea. However, the tempo is more upbeat as in Solea por Buleria. Since it is in the Solea family, it is more of a moody rhythm.
When it is danced, the format is the same as Solea por Buleria- letra (verse), escobilla (footwork), buleria.
My first introduction to Romance was from La Farruca in Bodas de Gloria, a must see movie with the original Farruco and Farruquito. It’s a dance drama that tells the tale of two men (well, one man and an adolescent Farruquito) fighting for the love of a gitana. There are so many great dance numbers in this movie and the commentary between the scenes is very revealing.
Here is La Farruca’s Romance dance in Bodas de Gloria.
See you in class!
Thanks for reminding me of what a great flamenca La Farruca is. Flamenco has changed a lot. Dancers today are technically dazzling. But they tend not to focus on presentation, on aire. Hopefully someday, it will come full circle and we get the the amazing technique and the spirituality,
Hi Jaime- and what’s even better about La Farruca is that she still is an amazing dancer. I love all of her recent Bulerias videos of her.
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