FlamencoArtworks Weekly Inspiration: 2017 is Camarón-year!

Spain is paying tribute to the most legendary singer of flamenco “Camarón de la Isla” (1950-1992). So let us do the same! © By: Hannet Engel Painting: Camarón de la Isla by Laura Cameo Moliner, Oil on canvas, 65 cm x 50 cm. artelista.com, CC-BY. This year it will be 25 years ago that flamenco singer…

FlamencoArtworks© Weekly Inspiration:  Julio & Sara dancing with paintings

No, this weekly inspiration is not about Julio Iglesias. He is not a flamenco singer! It is about another Julio, a Spanish artist called Julio Romero de Torres (1874-1930) who painted such beautiful portraits of Andalusian belles, that they were still represented a century later in a movie by Carlos Saura called ‘Flamenco Flamenco’.  In this dance scene in…

FlamencoArtworks Weekly Inspiration: Carmen on fire

Carmen Amaya is dancing in alegrías style (por alegrías) in the Mexican movie ‘Música en la noche’ from 1958. As you can see, Carmen set a new standard in flamenco for both female and male dancers with her furious footwork. Carmen is wearing an outfit called ‘traje de corto’ that was traditionally men’s wear. Although there were other female…

Musa

REVIEW A ‘muse’ is what the ancient Greeks called the feminine deities that inspired artists. And they have been generous with their gift of inspiration in the case of Musa, a show by María Marín and Irene Álvarez that combines several of the arts with the classical Spanish guitar and flamenco dance in the lead. by: Hannet…

Flamenco street art starring: Paco de Lucía

With stars in his eyes flamenco guitar legend Paco de Lucía (1947-2014) looks down at us from an immense graffiti mural at Madrid metro station, made by street artists in 2015. Paco has been portrayed many times, but never with such vibrant colours and on such a grand scale. 

Flamenco fashion by Givenchy

  I already had the feeling that this fashion exhibition would have some flamenco in store for me. And it did! Let me guide you through ‘Hubert de Givenchy. To Audrey with love’ in the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague to take a look at some fabulous flamenco-inspired designs. © by: Hannet Engel This exhibition has been co-curated by French designer Hubert Givenchy as…

Slow flamenco. Or my struggle to blog.

I seem to have a blogger’s block. And my main problem is copyright on digital images. Or is it my perfectionism?  Well, I decided to call it ‘slow flamenco blogging’ and here is an insight in the process. By: Hannet Engel © During my research for this blog there are obstacles that I can’t seem to overcome and that…

Dju-Dju, een traditie van vernieuwing tijdens VI Flamenco Biënnale Nederland 

For a translation in English contact FlamencoArtworks©.  Tijdens de Nederlandse Flamenco Biënnale 2017 bezocht ik het experimentele dansstuk Dju-Dju. Vanuit een kunsthistorisch perspectief valt er een brug te slaan met de traditie van het twintigste-eeuwse ‘El Amor Brujo’ en de pioniers van de expressionistische dans. De vraag rijst hoe vernieuwend deze omstreden flamencovoorstelling eigenlijk is. Door: Hannet Engel…

VI Dutch Flamenco Biennial 2017

Flamenco Artworks© is on the lookout at the Dutch Flamenco Biennial 2017. This week I will be reporting back to you from the Dutch Flamenco Biennial 2017, keeping a lookout for vintage flamenco and art. This national dance and music festival presents the vanguard of contemporary flamenco to the Netherlands from the 13th until the 29th…

Salvador Dalí was a flamenco action painter.

Spanish artist Salvador Dalí was famous for his surrealistic works of art, but did you know he also took a shot at flamenco action painting? © By: Hannet Engel At the opening of New York’s Gallery of Modern Art in 1965 Salvador Dalí  improvised a painting on stage accompanied by the flamenco sounds of guitarist…

Coming soon: Flamenco graffiti

Graffiti artists ‘Btoy’ and ‘Uriginal’ have depicted the most iconic female flamenco dancer of the last century, Carmen Amaya, on a public wall in Barcelona.