Albuquerque, New Mexico has Flamenco. World Class Flamenco like no where else in America. This year’s 24th Annual Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque is coming up next week, June 8 through 12, 2011. This is big, folks…the biggest in the United States and if you will be in town next week you should really try and get in on the festivities.
Albuquerque has deep Spanish roots. Now don’t try and tell me I spelled our city’s name wrong in the above paragraph, because Albuquerque is named for the Duke of Alburquerque from Alburquerque, Spain in the Extremadua Region. He was Francisco Fernández de la Cueva, 8th Duke of Alburquerque (1619-1676), Viceroy of New Spain and founder of the city in New Mexico. It is fitting that something as totally Spanish as Flamenco would have it’s U.S. home here in the in The Duke City.
Flamenco is more than a dance. It is passion unleashed and is a very moving experience, much like opera. It invokes emotions like no other form of dance, and the music is every bit a part of that experience too. The accompaning guitarist (tocaor), was once thought of as secondary to the dance, but time has seen the guitar part of this art rise in popularity and virtuosity. The dance is dependent on it. Flamenco artists bear their souls to their audience. It is very personal.
In Spain, Flamenco style of dance and music is very regional, and different cities and towns each have their own styles. Albuquerque is lucky to have the convergence of styles from Spain and all over the world with the only repertory Flamenco company in the U.S. What Albuquerque is to this country’s hot air balloonist, it also is to Flamenco artists and officinados – a mecca. You come to Albuquerque to learn the dance and the guitar from the best. You come to Albuquerque to see the top Flamenco performers this side of the Atlantic, and from around the world as well.
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