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Work5_2 Pages_Double space_PLEASE PUT YOUR NOTES AND YOUR ANSWERS IN 4 WELL-WRITTEN PARAGRAPHS_ READ: Goldberg, K Meira. “Introduction: The Moor Inside,” Sonidos Negros: On the Blackness of Flamenco (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019), 1-28.

Or if you prefer, listen…



Gurumbé trailer:

Frères Lumière, (1123) Danse espagnole de la Feria Sevillanos, and (1124) Danse espagnole de la Feria Cuadro flamenco, filmed at the World’s Fair in Paris between April 15 – July 8, 1900.

http://collections.forumdesimages.fr/CogniTellUI/f… click on the frame to view video of the first male flamenco dancer ever filmed, in 1900, Jacinto Padilla “El Negro Meri”

The great Carmen Amaya, the first Spanish Roma person to break the color barrier and achieve international stardom, in Los Tarantos (1963)

Most people don’t know that the idea of race evolved in Spain. Muslims ruled parts of the Iberian Peninsula from 711 – 1492; Christian kingdoms crusaded to reconquer the land that today is Spain and Portugal. This was a religious, not a racial struggle, and the church supported the monarchy by certifying Spaniards’ “purity of blood”–one drop of Jewish or Muslim blood meant that you were less than a Christian Spaniard. In 1492, Jews and Muslims were expelled from the Iberian Peninsula, and Columbus landed on what is now DR/Haiti, opening the way for the conquest of the Americas, built by millions of enslaved Africans and their descendants. The idea of “purity of blood,” meaning Whiteness or social status, and Blackness (a category that originally indicated Jews and Muslims), meaning that you should be enslaved, comes from Spain.

Take notes on the reading, watch the videos, and answer the questions:

How is the politics of Blackness written on the flamenco body? How are the conundrums of race represented in flamenco dance? What do confusion and noise (footwork) and sensuality or “lasciviousness” (hipwork) have to do with blood purity and race?