The art of Flamenco dance teaches Spanish culture through the dance steps and the metaphors they communicate. Some metaphors from the past are hard to understand, especially when referring to women’s role and social status, as women of the 21st century in Spain have democratic rights women from past centuries did not have. Expressing some of those metaphors through the movements of flamenco is very hard, unless you understand the patriarchal society of then. I will analyze some metaphors flamenco teachers use to explain concepts and gender roles from the past that are hard to understand by younger generations who live in a democratic Spain. By studying the meaning of what ‘flamencas’ perform on stage, and the role of musicians on stage, we find gender issues and tensions between the female and male artist. Writers like Pardo Bazán, Carmen de Burgos, or Lorca perceived flamenco differently in the past, and their views helped recognize flamenco as a refined art.
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Espino-Bravo, Chita. “Metaphors of Spanish Culture in Flamenco, Gender Roles and Gender Issues: Modern Metaphors to Understand Some Traditional Female Flamenco Movements and Steps.” Flamenco Research Journal “La Madrugá” (University of Murcia, Spain) 19 (2022): 13-27. https://doi.org/10.6018/flamenco.540321