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El Duende: Transformation through Poetry, Music, and Dance


10am–12:30pm | Live Music and Dance Panel
1–3pm | Flamenco Guitar Workshop
3:30–5pm | Gurumbé Documentary Screening

Hear from leading performers and educators in a panel discussion on the roots and current practice of Spain’s globally influential art form: flamenco dance. And experience a performance of a Federico García Lorca/Camarón de la Isla piece arranged by Dr. Ernesto Estrella and guests.

At 1pm, join a master class for an introduction to flamenco guitar and an open dialogue with the instructor about process and composition. An intermediate guitar skill level is recommended, no flamenco guitar experience is necessary. Space is limited.

The presentation concludes with a screening of Gurumbé, a documentary film exploring the fundamental contribution of Afro-Andalusians to the art of flamenco.

This presentation is part of the El Duende Talk & Performance Series.

View the full series schedule.

About Gurumbé

Flamenco is synonymous with Spanish culture yet, since its inception, theorists have sidelined the fundamental contribution of Afro-Andalusians to the art form. Commercial exploitation of the American colonies brought hundreds of Africans to Spain to be enslaved. Music and dance were a fundamental part of their expression and the most important affirmation of their identity. As the Black population began to disappear from Spain in the late 19th century, so too did their contribution to this extraordinary art form. In Gurumbé: Afro-Andalusian Memories, their story is finally told. Directed by M. Angel Rosales, Spain/Mexico/Portugal/Senegal, 2016, Documentary/History, Music, 72 min., Spanish with English subtitles.

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