European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Jul 14 1968, Page 15

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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - July 14, 1968, Darmstadt, HesseUnlocking the rhythms of deaf mute at birth la Singla Felt the rhythms of the flamenco and began dancing As soon As she could walk. By Lew Critchfield Phe cavernous backstage was Al wrapped in shadows As in the lights out front the audience slowly filled the vast Hall. From the corridors leading to the dressing rooms drifted jagged pieces of sound guitarists building a practice Crescendo and abruptly breaking it off singers trying a phrase punctuated by the occasional staccato sound of a few moments of Heel dancing. The performers All Spanish Al bringing their Art to the colder North Only 21, la Singla stands at Peak of flamenco world. Land of Germany All voluble All Tau with expectation clustered in knots sex but one Antonia Contrera known to lovers of flamenco As simply As the Star of the night s show she was alone in her dressing room the lonely prisoner of position just As the diva in grand opera. But she could help Cocking an ear when a guitarist slashed out Bravura counterpoint to Asinger and a dancer added the Percus Sive explosions that flesh out flamenco music. As the rest of the troupe continue their Jam session la Singla in her soft slightly hesitant Spanish the result of being born a deaf mute and Only beginning to hear at the age of 9-looked Back on her life. I began dancing us soon As i could walk because i Felt the rhythms so strongly inside me she said almost shyly. My Mother although not an artist showed me the movements of therms and the clapping of the hands. That is How i Learned to express the feelings and rhythms locked up inside Jua Singla was born in the poverty stricken Gypsy Quarter of Somorrostro in Barcelona 21 years ago. Although deaf at birth she was quickly aware of sound which surrounded her daily life How in t quite Clear per haps by feeling the vibrations perhaps by an unrecognized limited sense of hearing. But at any rate even before doctor pronounced her hopelessly deaf at the age of 7, she was already dancing the strict counter rhythms that Are the heart of the flamenco itself for decades largely unknown outside of Spain until the phonograph because of the reluctance of the performers to leave their native land is a unique blending of curious elements the quivering almost Arab like voice the Cascade sound of Tho Spanish guitar the explosive snap of shoe on Wood and the Sharp crack of the hands some hold that it came to Spain from India and clearly there is a degree of relationship Between the Long musical phrases of the Indian Ruga and the com plex Structure of the flamenco. Today Tho flamenco is composed of a collection of traditional songs and most per formers follow Tho old models closely although obviously creating a new mood and on occasion when a truly grail artist such As la Singla or the famed Carmen Kainaya appears creating to whole new composition out of the Olit traditionally the nun create with smashing toe Heel sound using hands with the fingers closely locked together the women Are normally less Apt to display footwork and use their hands to Tell the Story. Singla of course. Is the be Pruonal artist who creates new Art i of the old she uses Inive fool wort to help with her artistry. With her i is a natural almost unconscious Way expressing herself. And in a curious Way the Nara Jis almost la single s Only a venue of of Mun location. Before owl Al i and before her heat inn had re time to its now near Normal level a Ojua major role in the film los Taranu which starred Carmen Kainaya i in the Peak of her almost Lencki or Micela Singla had i hear and had not yet when the film was shot he dubbed by another but less intense dancing save no fee Ujj of the flamenco world. Although Caslo Nally bothered by of hearing one viewer beat during a violent Frankfurt appearance Pidto just Thatcher Art is a cans the emotion of the flamenco a one critic wrote Furt show she is the to the throne v thus Poge 16 the stars Ano stripes 44qllviw a a a when she offered the Heel work to the dance her last show Here two Joa was adequate in this T in this year she displayed a a a Nelly integrity and of Luik Lebn phad once in attainable oni � men ,. far la Singla l a i bul far from her native soil of a is says someday i w0111, 1. Tho United states and Ltd a it la be Worth wailing ll1 sunday july 4 1

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