Historic District, Boulder City, Nevada, USA
No one’s sure where the word ‘flamenco’ comes from. One theory goes that it comes from the Arabic term fellah-mengu, which means something like ‘expelled peasant’, and may refer the Spanish gypsy peoples thought to have originated the fiery dance in Andalusia over 200 years ago. Indeed, few groups have been more isolated from mainstream society than gypsy peoples. And it’s possible the blazing, vivid nature of the dance reflects some of the groups’ frustrations at their excluded status. But flamenco, with all its complicated rhythmical patterns and footwork, no longer speaks for solely for society’s outcasts. It’s gone mainstream. These days, the bars, theatres and clubs of Spanish towns and cities offer flamenco nights and experiences for tourist and local alike. The blazing, vivid nature of the dance has caught and inspired the imaginations of a whole country, and beyond. Even in Boulder City – 5,000 miles from Andalusia – the passion and emotion of flamenco can be felt. And it’s celebrated here in this evocative, stylized and life-sized work by Colorado-based artist , Nick Russotto.