I SING THE BODY SING
Digital 2.7 K video. 200 fps.
colour. sound (time variable)
Move your hand, stomp your feet,
open mouth, open eyes
Flamenco uses a language of resistance to express opposition. In the words of a Flo6x8 flashmob dancer, “flamenco captures perfectly how we feel about the crisis. You can use it to express desperation, rage, pain, and the desire to change things.” This anti-capitalist group has been well publicised for its political performances that have taken place in banks and even the Andalusian parliament. Flamenco’s rhetoric and style of performance can temporarily distract observers from the status quo, briefly drawing their attention toward an alternate reality, toward the common pains and joys that are experienced by the masses living beyond the sheltered lifestyles of the elite. Political protest and social activism are less likely to come to mind when thinking of flamenco, but for some performers it has always been a powerful tool for voicing political protest. Its political side has come out during times of social upheaval. Republicans during the Spanish Civil War sang ideological messages challenging the Franco regime in pursuit of democracy and equality. Dumas, Tony. "Fandango and the Rhetoric of Resistance in Flamenco".
FLAMENCO PARLIAMENT :
We want to end this old system of privileges for the few and misery for the masses.
We want to free Andalusia from the dictates of capital,
vulture funds, and vulture bankers.
Camera & Dance: Malena Esclapez
Concept & Postproduction: Karl Ingar Røys
Project assistant: Lucía Grande Piera