It was a visual image thrown at us by Manuel, during the technique class in Sydney, when he noticed that some struggled, not knowing where they were within the 12-beat compás. He encourages us to develop this internal compás, and practised exercises with us that help build consciousness of it.
Amusingly, it calls to mind the time when I was driving - cycling, actually, along a cliff - the Khardung La, highest motorable road in the world at 18,380 ft in Ladakh, North India. At this height, besides the disorientation from altitude sickness, one had better cycle with a sense of direction, especially when navigating the curves. Or else... one misjudged or unconscious step, and it would be 'adiooos' down the cliff edge.
In the videos below, you will see the Technique Classes we had in the cities we recently toured to: Adelaide, Sydney and Taiwan, and how Manuel works with each level of students, calling up their best abilities and guiding the student in the face of their challenges.
Here in Sydney, Manuel talks about developing our internal compás, our timing. He shares that 'I am listening to a tonality, I am attentive and conscious. It is not a straight line. Where is the beat and where is the change?'
He also tells the student to give 'colour' to the movement - even though we are doing a technique class, and not a choreography class, it is important to do so. (In the video he demonstrates doing it with and without 'colour'). In the final part of the video, he demonstrates a pivoting movement, and that while there is an accent on the 12-beat phrase with our foot, the upper body and shoulders continue to keep the movement flowing, as well as to be aware of how our weight shifts to facilitate the start of the next phrase cleanly.
The video above takes you to Adelaide: Lots of action & Intense focus as Manuel coaches Adelaide dancers, advancing their work and experience, refining the details, bringing on the challenges and charging them with his irresistible energy.
In the next video Manuel coaches the students in Taipei, going through the technique of body and footwork clearly and slowly, with demonstrations and explanations. The work you see is technique based on the Bamberas choreography. It greatly helped these students doing the technique class to be in a better position and ease to handle the Bamberas later on, in the choreography class. You could literally see a leap in progress and there was a great sense of achievement by the end of the workshop.
Maestro Manuel Betanzos from Seville's Academia de Manuel Betanzos will be in Singapore (2 - 6 August) conducting our annual dance programme. The Academia is renowned for its quality of dance education in Flamenco. Established in the cradle region of Flamenco, it continues the lineage of great artists, artistry and inspiration. It is part of the heritage, and an integral source of Flamenco, forging the art of today and forming dancers of the future.
Don't miss his classes in Singapore, the final leg of his tour (Taiwan>Beijing>Sydney>Adelaide>Hong Kong> Osaka> Tokyo>Singapore). CLICK HERE FOR FULL SCHEDULE
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