Is everyone tired of Flamenco? Last one, I promise. I had the best Mother's Day and it didn't involve my kids. Flamenco performances are almost unheard of in Montana but last Sunday a fantastic travelling troupe gave a high energy show in Helena.
I sat with my students and was delighted to watch their reaction to this powerful performance. None of them had ever seen live Flamenco with guitars and singers The absence of both in Montana force us to perform with Cd's. I was extremely pleased to know I had a large part in preparing the students foundation so they were able to fully appreciate it. Their feet silently danced and their hands were keeping rhythm with palmas.
I put together a few clips that I took with my flip camcorder. The stage was quite dark and the clip is shaky in places but it gives you some views of the show. It's customary for every performer to do a small dance at the end of a performance. Then everyone walks off together, often entwining arms and always in a jovial mood. This is called the Fin De Festival. I lost my program but I think the troupe's name is "Noche Flamenco," featuring Soledad Barrio and guest artists.