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XIV Fuego Flamenco Festival
November 8 - November 18
The 14th iteration of this local tradition ($48) features two dance companies: Madrid’s José Barrios and New York’s Omayra Amaya. To get you in the mood, we asked fest curator Edwin Aparicio to give us a primer on some of flamenco’s various dances (modeled by Sara Jerez).
“A very coquettish and playful dance,” says Aparicio. “It’s done with the fan, indicative of the warm climate in [its origin country] Cuba.”
Tangos Flamencos (center)
Not to be confused with Argentine tango, these dances are extremely passionate (and maybe a bit obsessive). “One of the songs says, ‘In the crystal of my glass, your face is reflected, and every sip of wine was like poison to my soul.’ ”
The idea behind this dance is that nobody knows your problems like your headwear does. “The lyrics say, ‘Ask my hat, and it will tell you the bad nights I go through,’ ” says Aparicio. “It’s like, the hat and I, we’re the only two that know.”
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