Friday, 18 March 2016
Patricia Linares: The Soul of Flamenco
by Nancy Snipper
“I was a very sad girl. My parents divorced when I was young,” said Patricia Linares – San Miguel’s great flamenco feline. At the age of ten, she went to a flamenco concert in Mexico City, and bewitched by what she saw.
“I knew this is what I wanted to do for my life. Flamenco was me.”
She studied with the great flamenco teacher, Joselito in Mexico City for six years, and then moved to Madrid to the hot spot of Corral de la MorerÍa – where flamenco stomping and gitano singing echoes from every corner in the area. There she taught, and performed, as she did when she moved to Seville to study, as well.
In 1989, Patricia founded the Instituto Mexicano de Flamencología. Many of her students went on to even perform with her. In 2011, she founded the Centro Cultural de arte flamenco which gives classes to all ages of flamenco aficionados.
“If you want to teach, you have to know how to sing.” Patricia sings, and when I went to her huge dance studio – part of her house which took her 23 years to finish building, she gave me a mini performance of her brilliant talents – which included the various rhythms of flamenco and she sang. I watched this diminutive woman transform into a muse of movement and emotion with her allegrÍas – a flamenco dance expressing happiness; she also danced soléa – a mournful sorrow, and siguiriga – deep anguish.
Patricia’s sister, Sylvia Cruz sings in the trio which also includes her guitarist husband, Juan Rosas Avila. The family involvement in flamenco is remarkable.
Indeed, her mastery of the dance garnered her second prize for her Soléa in the prestigious Concurso Nacional de arte flamenco in Cordoba in 1986.
“Flamenco is for everyone. I feel this dance has made me a citizen of the world. When I go on stage, my feelings change. I go into another world.”
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