Soleá: The Flamenco of Seville

Even though my novella, In Midnight's Silence, takes place in Barcelona in the early thirties, I talk a little about flamenco. One of my characters is a flamenco guitarist, which has given me an excuse to learn more about the dance and music.

Sometimes I get lucky, and this week was one of those weeks. The New Yorker's Tumblr sent out an awesome short film on flamenco this week, and I thought I would share it here as well. It's only about twelve minutes and well worth your time to watch.

At one point an older performer tells a younger woman to listen to the guitar, that the guitarist is asking her for bulería, which is a fast flamenco rhythm in twelve beats and one of the most difficult to perform. I love how she talks about flamenco being a form of music that has no end, because there are so many beautiful things about the music and the dance. She says this is why performers never stop learning, no matter how many years they have been working.

She says, "You may know it, but you will never finish learning."

The same philosophy holds true with writing.

You may know it, but you will never finish learning.

If you've got twelve minutes, it's a lovely film.

Flamenco dance and music have existed since the eighteenth century, and today are a tradition around the globe. But flamenco’s roots remain strongest in its birthplace, in Andalusia, in southern Spain, and the region’s capital city, Seville. 

The video is produced by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee and Pedro Kos.