When we heard that the flamenco dance group from Spain was coming to town for a week long performance, we couldn't resist but to jump to the opportunity to experience this fabulous culture of Spain. It took place in a Spanish restaurant, Seville's in Wafi City, which is one of the most popular venues for dinner shows and events here in Dubai.
Frankly, I've never been to Spain but Captain has been there many times for vacation with his parents when he was a teenager and later on duties as a pilot. But even that, he has never seen a flamenco show himself. We were lucky that Captain happened to have a day off during that week and it happened to be on opening night.
Flamenco is originally from Andalusia in the south of Spain (associated with the Gitano or Gypsy community) and it includes singing, guitar playing, dancing and hand clapping. No other instrument is involved in the performance but a solo guitar and the dance is normally performed solo too.
This week long performance at Seville's was part of the whole Flamenco celebration that includes Spanish market, flamenco workshop for mother and daughter, classes and the dinner shows. I thought this effort was a good way to create more awareness about this soul tugging part of Spain.
The night started with a 3 courses dinner. I had Salpicon de Vieiras, a dish of pan seared scallops on a bed of green mix herb salad with green pepper dressing for starter, Atun con Quinoa a los citricos, a grilled salt crusted tuna steak with quinoa lime and orange as my main and Torrijas con Vainilla or fried sweet bread with honey and vanilla ice-cream to finish off.
Well, honestly the food was not the highlight of the night but when the guitarist started strumming his battered guitar, I could feel the energy beginning to fill the dimly lit room. It was amazing how a simple guitar, the voice of one woman and the clapping and stomping could make the hair at the back of my neck stand and my eyes watery! The dancers took turn performing and each of them were so proud, so emotional and even if I did not understand a word that was sang out, I could understand the pain, the joy and the longing of the dancers. It was amazing!
It was even more amazing when we found out that the sole male dancer in this group was in his 70s and not only he didn't look his age, he danced like a man in his 20s. His steps were so quick he was almost floating!
Have you experience the flamenco? What was your impression? I would love to hear about them.
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