La Chunga went through a period when the purity of her dance was seriously threatened by the criticisms of those who wanted her to be more “sophisticated”. Came the dance lessons, arrangements, costumes and make-up came. Each one marked the threat of a gradual transformation into a good but no longer “different” bailaora. . . Chunga has recently “re-appeared” at the newly inaugurated Café de Chinitas. For many who have seen her dancing there in the past two weeks, La Chunga seems to be bringing back to life the legend that once made her the hope of flamenco purists.
Dear Mr. Kino Heinze, You can keep Madrid to yourself. I’ll have Barcelona, home if not the very birthplace of all that‘s great in contemporary Spanish culture
"I don't know what the smashed castanets meant, but the intrepid Olga Pericet is certainly a master of smashing tradition as her new all-Spanish show honoring the legendary bailaora Carmen Amaya demonstrated. Amaya (1918-1963) has just been called the greatest flamenco dancer of her generation"