Supported by Professional Development Grant
In this project, Deborah Falzon participated in a course in traditional Flamenco Dance, emphasising on the technique and how it is presented in a performance stage setting. The sessions focused on informal styles, as well as social and fiesta context by creating a juerga (a lively flamenco party with a festive atmosphere) in parts of the course. Tutored by the world-renowned Flamenco dancer, teacher and expert Juana Amaya, this stand-alone course took place over a six-month period from January until June 2018 in Estudio de Juana Amaya in Seville, Spain. The tutor assigned three different Palos each month with the occasional accompaniment of guitarists and singers. Live demonstrations of choreography highlighted technique aspects, while continuously emphasising the performance aspect, namely; compás (rhythm), way palmas (rhythmical clapping), meaning, melody and lyrics of the cante (song), tunes/harmonies of the toque (guitar), emotion/style of baile (dance), melodic component and percussion of zapateado (footwork rhythms), and the communication aspect that occurs amongst the singer, guitar player, dancer and palmero (person who claps rhythmically).