As an authentic expression of sincere joy and profound sadness, Flamenco was born after the Middle Ages in Andalusia, the rich crossroads of Islamic, Christian and Jewish cultures. The Flamenco singing has connections with the Portuguese fado, both having the same interiority and the same depth. Thanks to the nomadic gypsies, Flamenco has forged strong links with the traditions of the Balkans as well as India, the cradle of various civilizations. Furthermore, by assimilating the Flamenco culture, gypsies became a vehicle for its dissemination outside Spain.
One of the etymological origins of Flamenco comes from the Arabic word fellah-menkoub meaning wandering peasant. Another possible etymology is related to the Flamenco bird as Flamenco singers perform their song with a short jacket that makes them look like the bird of the same name. Finally, there is a strong cultural link between the city of Seville and Flanders (Flamenco in Spanish).
Flamenco combines dancing, singing and percussion in a classic style that has continuously evolved over the centuries. It is the pure expression of an organic folk rhythm. The steps of the dancers echo the clapping of the hands and the percussion; the movements of the body in circles responds to the singer’s voice and the plucking of the guitar. You do not dance Flamenco, you live it with your whole soul and your entire body.