I am amazed at the super wide range of dance styles within contemporary flamenco. On the one hand you have the super traditionalists who are funky diva flamencos like Saray de los Reyes, La Farruca, and Andres Peña. Then you have the funky musical flamencos who dance like maniacs but are very musical in their expression, like Domingo Ortega and Rafaela Carrasco.
But today, I’m into checking out the hot avant garde and experimental flamencos. Some are flamenco dancers that use a more contemporary dance vocabulary. Others are strong flamenco dancers that really push the boundaries of experimental dance by using a flamenco vocabulary. I would say the best ones, in my humble opinion, come from a very strong flamenco background or family. You have to be a master at flamenco to be able to go “off course” and make it work.
In the past, experimental flamenco primarily focused on dancers going beyond traditional environments, movements and clothing. Now, there’s a new addition of cross dressing. Although it’s not exactly experimental, it certainly is new in how comfortable and confident the dancers are with this type of expression.
Although I myself am more of a traditionalist in style, I truly appreciate how these dancers expand the flamenco vocabulary with their unique expressions. Enjoy.
His style itself is very traditional in flavor, but he’s been so bold with cross dressing. He has been able to make it all look like beautiful, wonderfully expressive dance as opposed to some kitchy drag queen act.
What I love about Leonor is that she is a solid flamenco dancer as well as a trained contemporary dancer. She’s so different if not for her dance but in her choice of dress and her hair!
She’s so flamenca and yet can just blast off to another dimension. Watch her here dance with power in a bathrobe as well as paint while she dances.
Olga can also do everything- flamenco, classical, contemporary and she knows how to work it all together. This video is from her show at the Festival de Jerez 2014. She does her wonderful, powerful flamenco with some very experimental moments with a deer man.
It’s safe to say that Israel is the king of the experimental flamencos. His dances are spacious and danced to his own inner rhythm.
This is her video from the original Carlos Saura Flamenco movie. Lots of sharp lines and geometric shapes and my own first introduction to “non-traditional” flamenco.