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Flamenco Inesita

Inesita

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Inesita is a Spanish Flamenco dancer who has appeared in all-solo concerts internationally.

Looking Back at the Years

It never ceases to surprise and astonish me how such obscure and rare images out of the distant past come to light on the Internet!

Not an item is lost, This photo of my young self at nineteen years of age brings memories to the surface, The excitement of a blossoming career. I think it worth while to share this. Life is a journey and an adventure!

A moment of Inesita in Alegrias May 25, 2019

Another aspect of the dance with Stamen Wetzel and Benjamin in the background.

A Portrait from the past

This image was taken in photo shoot in New York City when I was in my early thirties. This was during my second season in New York and had concertized as a solo artist and was about to begin a tour across the United States.

I did not form a company ensemble until 2012 and this extended period was my signature approach to the great scope of the dance art of Spain.

Only later did I concentrate exclusively on Flamenco which has many facets of the genre.

On a century of Living

Havng now completed 100 years of life and surviving the vicissitudes of existence in so many facets, I can contemplate over this experience of the unbelievable time with greater insight.

Just having done the tremendous task of the performance of August 14th 2021, I have a perspective of my own to share. It is both an existential and philosophical dilemma to ponder over.

The “show” was in actuality a dance concert in format meant to convey the vast variety and scope of Spanish dance in all its forms It achieved that goal despite some misgivings on my part over details that might not have been apparent to the public.

Flamenco has many faces and runs the gamut of emotional content from tragic to gaiety and profound feelings.

The public response was enormous and was vocal and generous with applause and excited response. My fellow performers gave me firm support and I could not ask for more.

Overriding the obvious fact of my age and long running career it is a truth that a program of such depth and length would tax a person half my age.

The public gave us a standing ovation at the end and filled us with joy.

The result is a booking for a return engagement in March of 2022.

Apart from this a new enterprise of a documentary has begun and a great deal of film footage was made throughout the performance.

To say that I am gratified is an understatement and I look forward to the completion of this new endeavor with renewed confidence.

An image of myself waiting to enter into one of my dances is included in this blog and a Deja vu of a portrait from the the past.

One of the outstanding tasks that I have been able to accomplish concerns the compiling of my archive and papers which I gathered over a period of five months and presented to the Performing Arts special collections at the Charles E, Young Research Library of UCLA. I am proud and honored to be represented in such an illustrious Location. Furthermore, . that it was possible for me to do all the work required for a project of this importance is something which gives me great satisfaction.

The link to the collection is indicated elsewhere in this Website under the heading INESITA PAPERS. There is a finding aid online consisting of 14 pages describing the contents of the Collection.

Genie Guerard, Manuscript Librarian UCLA is the Curator and the material was processed by Carolina Meneses, A young archivist.

The Entire Cast with Inesita

After the performance the whole company gathered for the final tribute and the standing ovation we received,

Aftermath

Now that the August 14th , 2021 Event is part of history, it is time to have a “post mortem” as it were to evaluate the worth of attempting such an arduous task in the face of so many problems.

It is no secret that I have reached the astonishing age of 100 years; a state that I neither hoped for nor desired or expected!

For this reason and others I could enumerate, I found the idea of performing an act requiring great courage on my part to attempt.

The truth that it was accomplished with no serious consequences is both gratifying and stunning.

The attendance was excellent and the public was eager to come and enjoy a live performance after a long shutdown due to the pandemic.

They were rewarded with a program of Flamenco dance song and music with great variety and scope. At the conclusion of the show, we received a standing ovation.

As for myself, I had many criticisms of my own work due to stress, much rehearsing and attention to myriad details. Essentially I was my own producer, arranging the program and stage directions, and writing biographical material, planning stage decoration, and general organization and promotion.

To relate that this is tiring is an understatement and resulted in the draining of energy left to realize the actual performance.

In retrospect, I am pleased that this project was accomplished despite dire warnings about the perils of the pandemic, the risk to my own health, or to the public. As Shakespeare, put it “All’s Well that ends Well”

The Zapateado del Estampio

This unique dance in its original form seems to have been lost. For whatever reason, the rhythmic structure has been confused with another dance, the Tanguillo..

Although the compas ( rhythm) is similar, these dances are very distinct in feeling and performance,

Inesita Flamenco IMDb

                                      A new presence on the Internet

Several weeks ago I received a comment  on the YouTube from an individual I do not know who made a generous and very flattering statement about my work related to my appearance in Here Come the Girls starring Bob Hope. My dance was only one minute and 22 seconds long on the big screen.  This engagement was one of several movies I danced in since 1941.

I had always regarded myself as a classical dancer in the Spanish dance medium but these popular assignments were welcomed because of a wider public exposure and of course the extra income.

I had recalled I did have screen mention and was credited as the featured dancer in that big scene. I received much praise from everyone. The writer advised to have a profile and photo attached to my credit and after much thought I acquiesced to this suggestion.

I do now have that listing on IMDb along with a list of other big screen and small screen dance sequences to my name.

I am aware that to the general public, an appearance in motion pictures and on television is regarded as more illustrious than live theatre or concert performances. The serious side of the entertainment business is less thought of as a means to a wider public.

Be that this is the case; I put a lesser value on my movie career than the many concert programs I appeared in over eight decades. To my way of thinking a live performance has a quality not present in the medium of film, video and television.

In a live presentation I was able to show more variety and scope of the work and it has remained that way throughout my long career,

There are nevertheless other opinions and perspectives about the worthiness of popular exposure as opposed to the classical offering in live theater and concerts. I rest my case!

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