Ángela la Yerbabuena’s Gitanerías

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By Ian Iracheta

Originally from India, the Roma got the name “Gypsies” from a region in Greece called “Little Egypt” for having similar geographical proportions to the land of the Nile. The Roma were called Egyptians for a while, and afterwards, the natural evolution of the word gave us the term with which we are familiar today, a word that designates groups of people who live in the south of Spain and who, because of their nomadic nature, have traveled through many countries, including Mexico.

At one point in their history, between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Gypsies and Arabs who had been expelled from Spain settled in central Mexico, particularly in the states of Querétaro and Guanajuato, where they became part of the cultural tapestry of Mexico while maintaining many of their customs and traditional hallmarks. One can appreciate a particularly strong influence of Arab aesthetics in San Miguel de Allende, a fact that those who have visited Granada will be ready to confirm.

In a similar fashion to this process, the Mexican-born bailaora of Gypsy origin, Ángela la Yerbabuena, founded at the end of the 1990s her own flamenco academy, La Cueva del Duende, which emulated the caves of Sacromonte in Granada. In the same spirit, though more recently, she has offered visitors a true flamenco experience at her home in Atascadero, where she presents flamenco in all its purity, a celebration of life itself.

The word Gypsy, irrespective of its historical connotations, has gone through the loom of the loftiest poetical expression, that of Federico García Lorca, in his unsurmountable Romancero Gitano. The moon and the olive trees, the blades and their loneliness, the dreamlike atmosphere of Granada—with its Alhambra and Albaicín—its slumberous waters, and their mystery has enriched an argot that in communion with flamenco dance and music, have created an art form unlike any other.

Inspired by all of this, “Gitanerías” was engendered. It is a flamenco spectacle that Yerbabuena and her entourage, Mi Luna Flamenca, will present at the Ángela Peralta Theater on February 17 and 24. Other stars include the bailaor Alfredo Enríquez, an artist who showcases a powerful interpretation of flamenco dance; the guitarist Gerardo Amador, a musician of ample talents that endows flamenco with an international air; and the percussionist Victor Monterrubio, a famous jazz musician. The singer Alberto Solis shall also make an appearance and vouchsafe the melancholy and lucidity of his voice to the depths of flamenco music. Two young hopes of flamenco talent in Mexico will also take the stage—the guitar player Juan Ramirez and the bailaora Fernanda Martínez.

All of these artists will kindle the night with the spectacle that is their unforgettable “Gitanerías.”

 

Flamenco Dancing, Music, and Singing

Gitanerías

Ángela García Esperón

Sat, Feb 17 and 24, 7pm

Teatro Ángela Peralta

Mesones 82, Centro

Luneta 350 pesos

Palcos 250 pesos

Galería 150 pesos

Tickets at the theater box office

 

 

 

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