This is the seccherrybookond episode dedicated to writers drawing their inspiration from Spain. Cherry Radford talks about why she loves flamenco dancing, how she integrated it into her book Flamenco Baby and she recommends some artists for those who want to start listening to flamenco music.

I never thought I’d end up dedicating a post to flamenco, but let’s face it, it still is pretty much a part of Spanish culture. I’ve probably always stayed away from it in order not to reinforce the belief that some people still have outside the country, that all Spaniards know to sing/dance or are interested in flamenco. So it was interesting to talk to Cherry about why she likes the art form and to reflect on some of the great things it has to offer.

We talk about how the dance form requires some level of maturity, as it doesn’t always result in graceful poses and beautiful images. Whether you like it or not, there’s no doubt that the dance requires the dancer to completely surrender all ego and self-consciousness in order to be swept away.

 

 

Cherry talks about the flamenco season at Sadler’s Wells, “London’s Dance House” and recommends a series of artists:

Ketama
Chambao, which she describes as “flamenco chill”
Vicente Amigo
Pitingo
Tomatito

For more recommendations on flamenco music and dance, including links to Youtube videos, check out Cherry Radford’s website.

 


I thoroughly recommend the wonderful version of Lorca’s Blood Wedding adapted by Carlos Saura and featuring Antonio Gades, first class ambassador of flamenco.

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