Flamenco chairs

It was while I was in Spain this summer that I suddenly realized that shows and performances of flamenco abroad always lack one feature that is still prevalent in Andalucía: the age-old silla de enea that is so much a feature of that part of the world. Yes, we do feel that sense of anticipation every time we go to a show here and, just before it starts, we see the chairs arranged for the guitarists, the singers, etc. But these are not quite the real thing. The silla de enea, made of cane and a kind of reed, has eloquent Mediterranean associations — old folk resting in the evening breeze outside their homes after a long day’s work, the scent of thyme and other herbs in the dry, unpolluted air, the timeless feel of rustic Spain. Almost every home in southern Spain will have a silla de enea. More to the point, it seems to me that these chairs are an important, but relatively unnoticed, flamenco accessory.

So I was happy to see these chairs on display at the Corral del Carbón in Granada this summer as an unchanging prop for the performances of the Veranos del Corral, where Marina Heredia, El Farru, Adela Campallo and others performed.

October 3, 2010 Post Under General - Read More

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