This Feeling

One can dance with more or less technique but never without feeling, without giving yourself over totally to the rhythm and improvisation.

Flamenco is something that must be felt, and enjoyed.

My way of understanding Flamenco

Feeling manifests itself just as much from within as from without. It enables strong and direct communication between the dancer and the spectator, making it possible for this art form to be transmitted. This is a sort of message with its own language that intensely uses the most profound emotions, transmitting a little shiver or pellizco from the dancer to the person watching.

 Manuela Reyes, bailando por tarantos en el espectáculo Ambivalencia, Teatro Cen
El sentimiento no se actúa, sale del corazón

When flamenco is born inside of you

When flamenco is born inside of you, it transforms itself into a tiny being, springing to life, with its own independence, as the dance begins. It’s a tiny little goblin (duende) that amplifies our emotions and helps them to flow out from the deepest part of our essence.

Dance is a language that allows you to express yourself with total freedom, either through movement or in stillness.
Manuela Reyes

It's in the blink of an eye, in the fleet of a glance or in a breath... it is in all these little details that Flamenco is danced.

In the same way that within movement, opposing forces are present, in stillness, movement can be felt.

Effrontery and sensitivity are dealt with equally and in parallel: when dancing, singing or playing guitar, there comes a moment where so much energy starts to flow, that it seems as if your body will be torn apart. Or, on the contrary, at other times we feel an extreme sensitivity and fragility in our bodies.

In such moments, Flamenco seems to have no limits. It can be rancid, pure, free, painful, joyous, sensual, dry, harmonious, powerful, broad, deep, mesmerizing, strong, sensitive, crazy, clean, tough, festive, serious, and one hundred per cent emotional.

The trance is this feeling of fullness where you can find the Duende.

Manuela Reyes en una actuación en Japón
Manuela Reyes en una actuación en Japón, en el tablao flamenco Teruo

What I feel about each "palo"

Every rhythm (palo) has its own special feeling or sentiment and its own different interpretation. This is why for me,
the "solea" is lamentation,
the "alegria" is balance,
the "taranto" is earth,
the "siguiriya" is strength,
and the "bulería of Jerez" is the "soniquetazo", a rhythmic wonder.