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Flamenco and Its Gitanos An Investigation of the Paradox of Andalusia: History, Politics and Dance Art

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Title: Flamenco and Its Gitanos An Investigation of the Paradox of Andalusia: History, Politics and Dance Art
Author: Cisneros-Kostic, Rosamaria
Advisor(s): Santos-Newhall, Mary Anne
Committee Member(s): Linnell, Jim
Predock-Linnell, Jennifer
Herrera, Brian
Jewell, Donna
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of Theater and Dance
Subject(s): Dance
Flamenco
History
Gypsy
Roma
Spain
Franco
Gender
Bullfight
Andalusia
LC Subject(s): Flamenco--History
Romanies--Spain--Andalusia--History
Andalusia (Spain)--Civilization
Degree Level: Masters
Abstract: Andalusia, Spain is considered the birthplace of flamenco. The art form not only embodies but represents the complex, multifaceted Andalusian identity. The southern region is a land of contradictions which includes the Gitano/Roma culture. The Spanish Gitano community laid the foundation for what we now call flamenco. The amalgamation of the cultures which existed in Spain informed the genre. These influences are explored with a thorough analysis of the of the Gitano/Roma nation. I document their journey from India to Spain and unravel the core elements of their identity. I focus on flamenco history and break down the song, guitar and dance techniques while discussing the emotional and paradoxical nature of the genre. I examine how eugenics, the Bullring, concepts of honor and shame, as well as flamenco, feed the Andalusian paradox. Flamenco under the dictator Franco, became an icon of Spain and as a result the female body was commodified. Gender roles are examined and a discourse on power is established. I conclude that this study represents an important contribution to the understanding of Andalusia, flamenco and the Gitano/ Roma nation. With the transmission of the arts, social, political as well as gender complexities are revealed.
Graduation Date: July 2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/10359

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