Yes, I dug in deep into the archives for this week's entry. But in my defense I just moved half way around the world and finally settled with all my toys and tools needed to get back into the swing of things. Still no house. We are hotel hopping until mid July. Hotel hopping with a capital H and that means no suites my sweets. We are all crammed in one room with two double beds and a pull out with toys and trinkets...oh my! This is the glamorous side of Navy life, folks (not!) Anyways, hope you don't mind a brief recount of a fun night...all nerdy and cultural like.
'Let's toast! Flamenco has gotten the honor it finally deserved.'
It was Tuesday, Novemeber 10, 2010. Noel and I had escaped to Madrid for a few days alone while he was on business. We were looking for something to do and a bite to eat and came across "casapatas," a flamenco & tapas bar. "Casapatas" literally means "house of hooves." I especially loved that title because it was a fun way to highlight the restaurant's primary form of entertainment...the rapid movement of dancing feet. The night included a dinner and a show. I brought my big girl camera and captured the night's exciting news. The camera almost stayed back in the hotel but at the last minute I dropped it into my bag. Lucky, for me there was enough stage lighting and we scored great seats only a few feet from the stage. All these shots were taken without a flash, without a tripod while on Manual mode. Great practice for indoor lighting with some great action shots.
Then the big news was announced. UNESCO had declared the dance of flamenco as an intangible piece of cultural heritage. The dance form had been originated by gypsies centuries ago and had been denied the prestigious nod by the UNESCO committee just five years prior to that night. The performers were estatic and as audience members, we witnessed a little piece of cultural history get the recognition it deserved. I mean, if you would have asked me prior to that night, I would have guessed that it was an international intangible landmark, already. Most people imagine flamenco dancers when they think of Spain, right?
They ended the night's performance with a toast and a freestyle flamenco session, if you will, as they celebrated and partied off stage.
In any event, it was a special night for the art community and I was happy to celebrate along with them.