Pardon me for being tardy with posts of late. I've been somewhat busy! This is what my weekend involved and that pretty much wrote my evenings off all last week with rehearsing. Thought I'd share some action shots taken by the wonderful Mr. V. of me putting my Senovilla shoes through their paces. These are a couple of my favourite flamenco costumes, both of which made it out last weekend. I got them made some years ago in Seville by a wonderful tailor called Fernando.
An audience loves seeing a flamenco dancer in a red dress. As soon as I step out in this dress you see everyone sit up and whispering and pointing at it with delighted smiles. I hammed up the red with matching earrings and combs. Then I promptly broke an earring during a dance by sending it flying off during a turn! I'm very grateful it was made with plastic beads rather than the real coral it was imitating!
While I do love my red dress, true to my nature, my favourite costume is actually black. I love pouring myself into this sumptuous black velvet dress and slipping on the little bolero jacket and then stepping out to dance. I feel at home. The chiffon frills have tiny sequins stitched on them which catch the light when the dress moves.
Behind me is a very well known gypsy flamenco singer. I know I mentioned some time back I was going to post about the relationship between gypsies and flamenco for Terri of Rags Against the Machine. I still mean to do so in greater depth some time in the future, but in short, flamenco plays a big part in gypsy culture in Spain. The singing is part of a vocal tradition of story telling for them and the guitar and dance evolved around accompanying the flamenco song. Many gypsies are renowned flamenco artists, being either singers, dancers or guitarists.
It's a little bit of a come down going back to work on a Monday after doing all this. Much like this blog, flamenco dancing remains my little secret from work colleagues. When people ask what I got up to on the weekend I shrug and say "Oh, nothing much..."
Hopefully I'll be able to fit some proper outfit posts in next week. In the meantime, hope everyone is having a great week!
Costumes: Made in Sevilla