Bright costumes, staccato clapping and fiery dancing. The Goddess of Night. Though these different features may seem paradoxical at first, the Spanish dance group Daminaro promises to twist them into an epic story at their performance, Cao La Noche (When Night Falls).
On July 3-4 at 8 p.m., the Spanish Embassy will present a performance embodying the spirit of Spanish dancing, starring the innovative Daminaro dance troupe. Daminaro’s five artists are dedicated to exploring the modern possibilities of flamenco dancing. With a decade of experience together, the five performers have toured Europe, Asia and Africa. Their show, free to those who make a reservation, will be held at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta.
Flamenco’s origins are widely contested, though the most reputable stories seem to be that the style originated with nomadic gypsy groups migrating from India around 900 CE.
Their arrival in Spain in the 1400s coincided with the Spanish Inquisition, which outlawed Jewish, Moorish and gypsy cultural practices, including traditional clothing, language and nomadic employment patterns. To avoid the restrictions imposed by these laws, bands of gypsies, Moors and Jews retreated into the mountains, away from the general population.
The intermingling of these three cultures in isolation eventually resulted in the flamenco style. When Charles III passed the Leniency Edict in 1782, the gypsies were allowed new measures of freedom and could return to Spain. The dance was then further developed within the general Spanish population.
Flamenco’s four characteristic elements are cante (singing), toque (guitar), baile (dance) and jaleo (noise-making), which consists of rowdy shouting, stomping, and palmas (hand-clapping). The dance itself is especially distinctive through its expressive use of the arms and wrists, as well as its intense emotional depth and mystery.
However, unlike traditional flamenco, which represents the stories of the lives of the Spanish, this new group will dance into life the ancient myth of Night giving birth to her offspring: Doom, Death, Dream, Blame, Regret, Revenge, Deception and Passion.
Whether you’re interested in the tempestuous Spanish dance or old Greek mythologies, Cao La Noche has something to offer.
Note: This article has been changed to reflect the event’s correct time.
Cao La Noche
July 3 and 4
Gedung Kesenian Jakarta
Jl. Gedung Kesenian
Pasar Baru, Central Jakarta
Tel. 021 380 8283