Aire on #WordyMonday

Dancers at the KALACC Festival, (c) Carole Edrich 2011

Dancers at the KALACC Festival, (c) Carole Edrich 2011

The concept behind the flamenco word Aire would be difficult to represent even if I chose to do so using flamenco shots, but I’ve decided not to do that because Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival coming up really soon. A flamenco (someone who lives and breathes the flamenco world) would know exactly what was meant, but to transmit the feeling and concept behind Aire to those who have no experience in flamenco, Spanish dance or even Spain is a challenge.

The nearest words we have in English is ‘atmosphere’ or ‘feel’ but this doesn’t transmit the way a flamenco dancer would think it and ‘soul’, while more accurate in some cases gives altogether the wrong impression in others. If someone says they want ‘less music, more aire’ they don’t mean stop the music, they mean that they want performers to together convey a particular feel. The same person might sing the same palos with the same musicians but give completely different feels to their work. This ability to combine compás and aire, to portray grace, depth, fire and emotion for dancer(s) together with musicians is a personal choice. It’ changes according to individuals and groups, how they feel and what they want to convey.

Children dancing on Cable Beach, (c) Carole Edrich 2011

Children dancing on Cable Beach, (c) Carole Edrich 2011

The first picture, that of an Aboriginal tribal group dancing in the desert not far from Fitzroy Crossing (not far in Australian terms, a goodly distance if you’re European) shows a group with their own special aire. The random energetic movements of two children dancing to music however beautiful their sponanaeity and however indifferent to the beautiful Cable Beach sunset does not.

This WordyMonday word was suggested by Helen Barrull, partner of Jairo Barrull