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“Duende: The Spirit of Flamenco” Concert a Revelation of México’s Flamenco Heritage


By María García Esperón

A unique flamenco concert is coming to the Teatro Ángela Peralta on March 13 and 27—one that delves into all the sources that contributed to flamenco’s legacy.

In the labyrinth of solitude that is México, flamenco defines questions of identity in terms of depth and pain.

Long ago, we Mexicans stopped identifying ourselves as Spaniards and started to look at ourselves in the light of an American destiny. Those who have felt the flamenco’s fiery finger tapping their shoulder fight against a series of convoluted, painful definitions.

Although México and the Iberian Peninsula’s longstanding ties explain a certain amount of the enthusiasm for flamenco on this side of the Atlantic, there is no straightforward linear development of flamenco’s legacy in the Americas. As often happens when arts travel between continents, something appears to have been broken or at least been transformed along the way between Spain and México. Nevertheless, those who practice flamenco in México recognize that the primeval source of their art lies in Spain, primarily in the cradles of Andalucía, Barcelona, and Madrid.

The Mexican interest in flamenco can be explained by an indubitable heritage with and affinity for Spain. However, looking for the ebb and flow of flamenco’s presence in Mexican folkloric music and dance is a gargantuan task, tantamount to isolating the hues of the sea. Nevertheless, one certainty remains: flamenco is now a part of the complex Mexican identity.

Mexican-born bailaora (dancer) of Gypsy origin Ángela la Yerbabuena, who has lived in San Miguel de Allende for over twenty years, has summoned her troupe, Mi Luna Flamenca, to present the show “Duende: The Spirit of Flamenco” at the Teatro Angela Peralta on March 13 and 27.

Bailaor Alfredo Enríquez has always felt the call of flamenco, and ever since la Yerbabuena arrived in San Miguel the two have made a powerful duo that has taken theaters, forums, and plazas by storm with their precise and spectacular interpretations of flamenco music. Guitarist Gerardo Amador and percussionist Victor Monterrubio are a lively part of the vibrant artistic and especially musical community here. Vocalist Alberto Solis infuses the show with the energy and freshness of flamenco’s youth.

Tickets at a variety of affordable prices are available at the Teatro Ángela Peralta box office.


Flamenco Concert

“Duende: The Spirit of Flamenco”

Flamenco dancing, music, and singing

Wed, Mar 13 and 27, 5pm

Teatro Ángela Peralta

Luneta seating: 450 pesos

Palco seating: 250 pesos

Galería seating: 100 pesos

Tickets available at the theater box office


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