Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Flamenco Series by Mary Machare VIII of XVIII

Flamenco Series No. V

Description:

Whenever I visit southern Spain, I visit small penas (clubs) and cabarets that feature flamenco music and dancing. With its controlled movements and energy, the form fitting costumes, flamenco is fascinating to the artist and a never ending source of inspiration.

The Flamenco Series celebrates the genre of music, song and dance from the region of Andalusia in southern Spain. The genre is a blend of the Andalusian and Romani music styles and is recognized by its unmistakable rhythmic patterns and tones. Flamenco performances can be found in simple concert halls and small cabarets, as well as in penas in small towns.

As for the costumes, they can be found in Seville, the capitol of flamenco, where many designers of the beautiful dresses, shawls, fans and hair pieces can be found in little shops as well as department stores.

This photo was first manipulated, then built up with layers of textures on the background to highlight the dancer in the foreground.

Flamenco Series No. VI

DescriptionFrom the Flamenco Series.

Whenever I visit southern Spain, I visit small penas (clubs) and cabarets that feature flamenco music and dancing. With its controlled movements and energy, the form fitting costumes, flamenco is fascinating to the artist and a never ending source of inspiration.

The Flamenco Series celebrates the genre of music, song and dance from the region of Andalusia in southern Spain. The genre is a blend of the Andalusian and Romani music styles and is recognized by its unmistakable rhythmic patterns and tones. Flamenco performances can be found in simple concert halls and small cabarets, as well as in penas in small towns.

As for the costumes, they can be found in Seville, the capitol of flamenco, where many designers of the beautiful dresses, shawls, fans and hair pieces can be found in little shops as well as department stores.

This photo is a collage of two photos in the series. It was first manipulated, then built up with layers of textures on the background to highlight the dancer in the foreground.

Flamenco Series No. VII

Description:

Another in the Flamenco Series. Whenever I visit southern Spain, I visit small penas (clubs) and cabarets that feature flamenco music and dancing. With its controlled movements and energy, the form fitting costumes, flamenco is fascinating to the artist and a never ending source of inspiration.

The Flamenco Series celebrates the genre of music, song and dance from the region of Andalusia in southern Spain. The genre is a blend of the Andalusian and Romani music styles and is recognized by its unmistakable rhythmic patterns and tones. Flamenco performances can be found in simple concert halls and small cabarets, as well as in penas in small towns.

As for the costumes, they can be found in Seville, the capitol of flamenco, where many designers of the beautiful dresses, shawls, fans and hair pieces can be found in little shops as well as department stores.

This photo was first manipulated, then built up with layers of textures on the background to highlight the dancer in the foreground.

Flamenco Series No. IX

Description:

From the Flamenco Series: No. IX

Flamenco is often described as the intersection of Passion and Art. This expressive art form is a combination of song (cante), guitar (toque), percussive handclapping (palmas or jaleo) and dance (baile).

This art form is a mixture of the music of all the many cultures that have played important roles in Andalusia, the most important being the Arabic, Jewish, Gypsy, and Spanish Christian. During the Spanish Inquisition, under the Kingdom of Castille, many of these minorities were persecuted and either left the country, fled to the mountainous regions of Spain or were herded into "gitanerias" or ghettos. It is believed that flamenco developed from this group of persecuted people who lived as outcasts from Spanish society.

El baile flamenco is known for its emotional intensity, proud carriage, expressive use of the arms and rhythmic stamping of the feet. Flamenco is a highly technical dance style requiring years of study with an emphasis on lightning-fast footwork performed with absolute precision.

In this photo, the female dancer is wearing the style of dress worn for the Sevillanas at the annual Feria in Seville. Dancers' costumes often include elaborately ruffled dresses requiring 3 to 5 meters of fabric, intricately patterned shawls and exquisite fans and hair ornaments.

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