In August I went to see a Tablao performance that was just guitarists.
As much as I love flamenco, am passionate about it, and will dance it to the day I die, in shows in the past, if a guitarist had a solo within a show, for some odd reason I would be bored, and would use that time to shut my eyes and listen and wonder when it would be over. I must have gone through some kind of transformation during my rising from the ashes, because when I heard about this series of Tablaos in Toronto with the last one being 4 guitarists, I was like….well…I am going to go, and open myself up to this experience.
What came out of this?!?!? An AMAZING thing!
I was totally enthralled with each and every one of the four guitarists. Each had their own style, each played different Palos (styles of flamenco song), and in the end they did a group piece. The best part is that they only all got together fairly close to that performance to get ready.
They all played beautifully, and for the first time in my whole flamenco existence (19 years) I was not bored by just listening and watching flamenco guitar. Quite the contrary! I was fascinated by how each guitarist would sit in their chair and prop their guitar ever so slightly different from the next. I was fascinated by their facial expression and how their fingers moved so quickly with the guitar strings. I was fascinated by how the quality of sound varied from guitar to guitar and artist to artist.
There was one guitarist who I hadn’t seen in years, who was just on the verge of considering becoming professional at the same time I was about to get serious pushing to become professional in flamenco dance (except he pursued it and I took a break to pursue fitness as a career). I was pleasantly surprised to see his development over the years.
There was another guitarist whose piece touched me on a massive emotional level….
This had never happened to me before. Even though I had never danced a solea, I knew of the Solea Palo. And I knew right away this was what he was playing. Deep feelings arose from inside of me, and I started to feel small tears well up in my eyes. I realized that everything I had experienced over the past 6-12 month or more was getting played about in this guitarist’s solea solo that night!
I knew immediately that I had to do a solea solo myself, and that I needed to tell this guitarist about the inspiration he was to me.
I am now working towards my solea solo and have surrounded myself with positive people who support me in this project. I CANNOT WAIT!!!!
My last comment is, that as far as flamenco music and dance, until this moment in time with the inspiration, I never really understood the slower flamenco Palos. I admired the dancers who performed this type of dance, but I didn’t understand them. I much preferred the Tangos, Rumbas, Alegrias, Bulerias, Tanguillos. But I have reached a turning point. Life has opened my heart up to the heavier darker flamenco palos, and I embrace it. Its the first time i will truly have to share emotion through flamenco with my audience. It freaks me out a little bit, because what if I truly go down the emotional rabbit hole???? What if i have a full choreography, but on the day of performance, I totally feel the emotions and i lose it???!! OMG!!!! OMG!!!! OMG!!!! Hopefully I know the compas (Rhythm) well enough to take myself through and dance something regardless of if I remember the choreography or not! HAHHAHA