The need to express one’s self is what started the Flamenco way of life. Flamenco is a Spanish art form that has 3 main elements; singing, dancing and guitar playing, and is commonly associated with Gypsy communities of southern Spain. This style has been around for centuries even though flamenco is not usually professionally taught, it is kept alive by being passed on from generation to generation through teachings from friends and family.
Flamenco dancers performing on the streets
To its artists and its adorers, Flamenco is a state of mind. It is an intimate and personal art form that conveys a person’s deepest emotions, usually melancholy and sadness. It is up to the artist performing the art to translate their story to the audience.
Flamenco dance is a very emotional and expressive style of dance that is usually expressed through body movements, sweeping arm movements and facial expressions to the sound of singing, guitar and percussion such as clapping and or ‘castanets’, a hand held percussion. The women usually wear dresses with elaborate long and frilly skirts to emphasise the movement of their dance.
Being a Spanish brand, the designers and artists at Lladró are able to understand and capture the spirit of Flamenco in a still figurine and portray the motion of the dance and just like that, the magic of Flamenco comes alive. In their Flamenco figurines, you can see the fluidity of the dresses as the dancers strike their movements. Flamenco is a language that transcends barriers beyond words because emotion is universal.