I didn’t know the difference between flamingos and flamenco.
But Different They Are
A flamingo is a large pink bird, a rather ridiculous looking bird with an oddly shaped beak.
But Flamenco is a stunning presentation of dance, Spanish music with classical guitars, and non stop clapping. It was athletic but graceful, simple but complex, I was mesmerized.
During the performance the audience called out affirmation to the dancers, in Spanish. Without words the dancers told the ageless story of love. Their facial expressions and dancing revealed attraction, pursuit, heartbreak, and happiness. It was sad and celebratory. I loved it.
During the intermission a local book publisher explained to me that Flamenco was born in the underground during the Spanish Inquisition. Ferdinand and Isabella chose Catholicism to unite Spain and asked the Pope’s permission to launch an inquisition to purify the people of Spain.
The expression of dance was most likely an unacceptable art form to those tasked with purifying the people. So the commoners went underground and found a way to celebrate happiness and sadness, they called it Flamenco.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the show. We left uplifted and so pleasantly surprised. Its life affirming to see performers who’s passionate talents developed over years in the pursuit of perfection. I appreciated their art and artistry.
Me, A Dancer?
Nope, not even a little. Dancing wasn’t encouraged when I was growing up and it didn’t seem prudent after I was grown. But from ballet to flamenco I am drawn to its beauty.
On A Different Note
Dancing in the Old Testament is often mentioned as a means of worship and praise to God:
“… a time to mourn and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3:4
“Again you will take up your timbrels and go out to dance with delight.” Jeremiah 31:4
“Joy is gone from our harts; our dancing has turned to mourning.” Lamentations 5:15
“You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.” Psalms 30:11-12
Mercy Me released a song,
“Will I Dance For You Jesus?”
I don’t know if I’ll dance for him. If I do it won’t be a Flamenco, probably more like a Flamingo. I’ll likely jump up and down and scream and shout with my oversized beak.
If that’s dancing, then a dancer am I.