'Truth spoken without moderation reverses itself'
This blog is a source for intellectual exploration. It includes a list of alternative resources and a source of free books. The placement of an article does not imply that I agree with it, merely that I found it thought-provoking. There are also poems and book reviews. Texts written by me are labelled. Readers are free to re-post anything they like.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Passion, precision and swagger: join an award-winning flamenco masterclass
Winner of the 1983
Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject), Flamenco at 5:15 takes
us inside the flamenco classes masterfully taught by the married duo Susana
Audeoud and Antonio Robledo at the National Ballet School of Canada. With
Susana covering the steps and Antonio accompanying on piano and palmas,
the classes impart the history, styles and rhythms of
While its origins are complex and difficult to pin down precisely,
flamenco was in large part a melding of working-class southern
Spanish and Romani cultures – a history that Antonio tells in almost
mythical language, describing the rhythms of gypsy blacksmiths at work. Between
the passion of the teachers and the talents of the students performing the
hypnotic, percussive dance, the film makes it impossible to avoid
becoming swept away by what Susana calls the ‘emotional
avalanche’ of flamenco.