Some Facts About Barcelona Flamenco Shows That You Need to Know

If you ever visit Barcelona in Spain, then you cannot afford to miss Flamenco, which is one of the popular traditional dances in the country. This kind of dance is usually supported by the music of guitar, clapping and snapping of fingers etc. This form of dance stands out because of its energetic tapping, graceful movements of arms, guitar strumming and intense laments.

If you ever happen to visit Barcelona, then you must certainly book your ticket in advance for any of the Flamenco shows, which are held at a number of places.

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You must also know few facts about this form of dance which is given below.

There is little mystery about its origination

There is still no clarity about the origin of this form of dance. However, it is well known that this form of art started sometime during the eighteenth century, however there are number of school of thoughts circulating among people about its origin. One of the most accepted theory is that this form of dance was created due to coexistence of number of other immigrants from Muslim countries and black Africans along with the local population of Andalusia in Spain. Gypsies and Jews also contributed their culture in this form of dance. Therefore, Flamenco is amalgamation of number of different cultures however now it has become an identity of Spanish culture.

Why is this dance called flamenco?

Well, there are few different theories and some of them can be hilarious too. Following are few thoughts about its name.

  • There is one well known expression among people of Andalusia which is,” fellah min gueir ard” and the meaning of this is “landless peasant”.
  • The stiff pose that is often displayed in this form of dance often reminds people about a pink-furred bird with the name Flamingo.
  • Some people advocate the theory that during Charles V period, flamenco came from Flanders to Spain. However, there are very few takers for this theory.
  • Another study reveals that during 18th century, gypsies who have contributed maximum to this form of dance were known as “flamencos” in Andalusia.

What are the various other cultures that influenced on flamenco song and dance?

One can notice the influence of the following cultures, if you observe it very closely.

  • African rhythms
  • Andalusian folk songs
  • Arabic sounds
  • Gregorian chants
  • Synagogue chants
  • Traditional Andalusian music

In flamenco dance, there are also influences of traditional Spanish dance and African dance where you will find more sensual movements and Indian dances which was brought by gypsies.

Lots of deep emotions are depicted during the dance movements

If you observe the dance closely then you will find few expressions like emotion of pain, loneliness, despair, anguish, love or lack of it, passion or joy which is displayed with movement and voice.

Today, this form of dance has become an iconic part of Spain.