Flamenco

Conflicting Histories of the Dance

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About the Book

This analytical history traces representations of flamenco dance in Spain and abroad from the twentieth century to the present, using histories, film, accounts of live performances, and practitioner interviews.
Beginning with an analysis of flamenco historiography, the text examines images of the female dancer in films by Luis Buñuel, Carlos Saura, and Antonio Gades; stereotypes of flamenco bodies and Andalusian culture in Prosper Mérimée’s Carmen; and the ways in which contemporary flamenco dancers like Belén Maya and Rocío Molina negotiate the stereotype of Carmen and an idealized Spanish feminine that pervades “traditional” flamenco.
Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

About the Author(s)

Michelle Heffner Hayes, dancer, choreographer and dance scholar is currently a professor and chair of the Department of Dance at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Bibliographic Details

Michelle Heffner Hayes
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 212
Bibliographic Info: 28 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3923-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1312-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi

Introduction: Flamenco’s Exotic Currency      1

1. DESIRING NARRATIVES: FLAMENCO IN HISTORY AND FILM      29

Conflicting Histories      29

Origin Points      31

Romantic Excursions      38

La Edad de Oro/The Golden Age      39

Transformation Abroad and Tourism at Home 40

Purity and Preservation      41

The Ideology of Flamenco Histories      43

The Desiring Subject      45

A Choreographic In(ter)vention      48

Film Narrative as a Discourse of Desire      49

2. PURISM, TOURISM AND LOST INNOCENCE      53

Flamenco Bodies: Essence or Effect?      53

International Exposure      56

Model Exotics      57

Paradise Lost      64

The Taint of Tourism      68

3. IMAGINING ANDALUSIA      75

Divine Inspiration: Origins Reconsidered      75

Passionate Nature: The Academic Appeal of a Universal Humanity      80

Sober Clinicism: Demystifying the Other      84

(Re)discovering the Women in Cante      91

4. FATAL FILMIC FLAMENCAS      97

The Spectre of Carmen      97

That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)      98

Marked: The Character of La Novia in Blood Wedding (1981)      101

Carmen Revisited (1983)      109

Love, the Magician (1986)      119

5. REALISM REINVENTED      123

The Documentary and Nacionalflamenquismo 124

Sevillanas (1992) and Flamenco (1995)      128

Opening Credits (Sevillanas) 129

Opening Credits (Flamenco)      130

The Performances (Sevillanas)      132

The Performances (Flamenco)      134

Sevillanas Flamencas, Sevillanas Gitanas      137

Endings: Sevillanas      140

Endings: Flamenco      141

Flamenco Women (1997)      142

6. REINTERPRETING THE EXOTIC      145

Calculated Unruliness      146

Strategic Presence      157

Practiced Spontaneity      159

The Dancing Lesson (Anaheim, California, 1995) 160

The Problem of Improvisation/Giving Up the Ghost      162

Rising from the Ashes: Spain’s Position in the New World Order      165

7. “SOMOS ANTI-GUAPAS”—AGAINST BEAUTY IN CONTEMPORARY FLAMENCO 167

Belén Maya      169

Pastora Galván      173

Rocío Molina      178

Chapter Notes      187

Bibliography      193

Index 197

Book Reviews & Awards

“an informative contribution to the growing field of flamencology. The author offers a unique approach to the field of study”—Journal of Folklore Research; “meticulous…a great book…the quality of the research and investigation of the subject is awesome”—Books4Spain.