Spirit of Flamenco - From Spain to New Mexico

Author(s): Nicolasa Chavez

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This beautiful book explores the origins, influences, development and appreciation of flamenco as a highly respected art form on the world stage. This folkloric tradition of music, song, and dance began in the caves of Andalusia and was shaped over centuries by a multitude of cultural and regional influences, including Roman, Jewish, Greek, Indian, and Moorish. Flamencos introduction to the U.S. in the roaring twenties coincided with a Spanish craze and in the 1950s legendary flamenco stars including the Italian-American flamenco dancer-choreographer Jose Greco were popular attractions at nightclubs and concert halls in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Not surprisingly, flamenco found a permanent home in New Mexico, a state with a large population of Hispanic residents interested in learning about and preserving traditional and cultural Spanish folk traditions. Prominent flamenco artists emerged including native New Mexican choreographer-dancer Maria Benitez. Flamencos accoutrementscostumes, musicians, instruments and dancersare part of the story.


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Nicolasa Chavez is curator of Spanish Colonial & Contemporary Hispano/Latino Collections at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

General Fields

  • : 9780890136089
  • : Museum of New Mexico Press
  • : Museum of New Mexico Press
  • : October 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Nicolasa Chavez
  • : Hardback
  • : 192