Feminine versus Masculine: The Dichotomies of Movement in Spanish Flamenco

Marta Wieczorek


The article is devoted to analyzing gender-related division of movement in flamenco dance. The primary dichotomy: feminine/masculine is a starting point for isolating other crucial binary oppositions: chaos/order, submissiveness/domination, etc. The aim of this article is to illustrate how a gender-specific use of dance techniques reveals Andalusian habitus. Through an anthropological reading of flamenco dance, the condition of masculinity and femininity in Southern Spain can be displayed.   





Flamenco, Anthropology of Dance, Gender, Habitus, Body

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