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Global Duende: the international journeys of Flamenco. Asia

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Know the impact of Flamenco in Asia

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Flamenco is a World Heritage Site and is known and valued on all around the World. Lecturer Carlos van Tongeren has organised a seminar in which he will explain the paths that Flamenco has taken as an art form from North Africa, which gives it its origins, through the cultural exchange with America, the exile of the artists under Franco's regime, and the rise of Flamenco in Asia. 

A perfect opportunity to get to know Flamenco around the world in English.

Fourth session: "Asia: a discussion of Isaki Lacuesta’s film 'La leyenda del tiempo'"

In this fourth and final lecture we will discuss the remarkable successes of flamenco on the Asian continent. Japan perhaps has become the country in the world that most values flamenco and where it is most intensively studied and practiced outside of Spain. We will trace the historical and cultural origins of this development, while also asking a wider question about the international journeys of flamenco across the globe: how do students and artists who are not from Spain negotiate their own ‘foreignness’? This topic is beautifully dealt with in Isaki Lacuesta’s film La leyenda del tiempo (2006), which we will discuss.

Carlos van Tongeren is a lecturer in Spanish Cultural Studies at the University of Manchester. His research deals with issues of memory, performance and music in modern Spanish culture, in particular since the end of the Franco-dictatorship. His next book is tentatively called Flamenco after Franco: Performances of Memory in the Spanish Transition, in which he studies how the multidisciplinary language of flamenco has offered ways for artists to voice personal and collective memories of the Franco-dictatorship. His previous publications on flamenco have appeared in academic journals such as the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies and Studies in Spanish & Latin American Cinemas.

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