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Fiery, Passionate, Sensual and Intense: Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico

Dancer Betty Serna Cárdenas performing for the USO, ca. 1947. Courtesy of Elizabeth Serna Cárdenas.

A treasured legacy handed down from generation to generation, the sensual and intense flamenco is traced from fifteenth-century Spain to modern day New Mexico. This holiday season is a perfect opportunity to experience Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico - a comprehensive celebration of this living tradition as an art form.

“Flamenco is often considered an outward expression of one’s innermost emotions, whether happy or sad; it carries an air of freedom or abandon,” said Flamenco exhibition curator Nicolasa Chávez. “Other exhibitions have only featured flamenco through photographs and imagery. This exhibition explores flamenco as a multi-faceted art form, a highly cherished performance art remaining true to its cultural roots and heritages.”

The Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico exhibition also examines Spain’s ferias and fiestas, their introduction to the southwestern United States, the individuals who contributed to making flamenco a popular art form in this country, and the dance’s integration into New Mexico culture.

Historic and contemporary costumes, musical instruments, costume and set sketches, playbills, sheet music, and posters are among more than 150 objects featured. These objects chronicle flamenco’s evolution from rural, folkloric tradition to elaborate, staged productions incorporating extravagantly costumed dancers accompanied by virtuoso guitarists. These objects trace flamenco’s transition to recording studios and the silver screen, where the dance gained a massive popular audience.

Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico runs through September 10, 2017 at the Museum of International Folk Art.

The Museum of International Folk Art is open Tuesday–Sunday,

10 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission $7 for New Mexico residents with ID. $12 for non-residents, free for children 6 and under. The first Sunday of each month is free for New Mexico residents with ID. Wednesdays are free for New Mexico resident seniors (60+) with ID.

Also at the Museum of International Folk Art:

Through January 1, 2017: The Morris Miniature Circus: Return of the Little Big Top;

Through March 19, 2017: Sacred Realm: Blessings & Good Fortune Across America.

Museum of International Folk Art
706 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe
505-476-1200 |

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